Samsung Galaxy Core Advance Brings Back Physical Buttons, Coming in 2014

Samsung kicked off the work week by announcing another Galaxy smartphone slated for a 2014 release, though it's not a device for mobile phone enthusiasts. Instead, the Galaxy Core Advance is designed to extend the "Galaxy experience" to a wider audience by targeting the entry-level market with a mix of modern and last-generation specifications.

For example, the Galaxy Core Advance wields a generously sized 4.7-inch display, though it sports a rather anemic 800x400 (WVGA) resolution. That's the same resolution as the original Galaxy Core, only now it's stretched out over a 4.7-inch panel instead a 4.3-inch display.

Samsung Galaxy Core Advance

Other features found on the Galaxy Core Advance include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card slot, VGA front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi-, USB 2.0, NFC support, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 2,000 mAh battery. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean runs the show rather than KitKat, and 4G LTE support is noticeably missing from the fray.

"Galaxy Core Advance delivers a range of smart features, including S Voice, S Translator, Sound & Shot, Group Play and Easy Mode, so that users can enjoy the same unique benefits provided by other Galaxy series," Samsung says. "To extend the Galaxy experience to more users Galaxy Core Advance also provides convenient usability functions and enhanced accessibility features for disabled and visually impaired users."

Samsung didn't say how much the Galaxy Core Advance will cost, though the South Korean handset maker did say it will be available in Deep Blue and Pearl White early next year.