Ahead of S5 launch, Samsung unveils mid-range Galaxy Core with leather and LTE

Samsung has released the Galaxy Core LTE for Europe, Asia and Russia, bringing LTE to a cheaper device from the manufacturer.

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Galaxy Core LTE. Credit: Samsung.

Ahead of Samsung's expected launch of the Galaxy S5 later this month , the Korean company has released a new 4.5-inch LTE-enabled phone, the Galaxy Core LTE, which looks to be aimed at the more cost-conscious consumer.

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Samsung has put speed at the centre of the mid-range smartphone, which comes with specs that put it in the same league as older flagships such as the Galaxy S3 or Nokia's Lumia 920.

Last year's Galaxy Core had a dual-SIM option, which has been sidelined in favour of LTE Category 4 compatibility in this update.

The 4.5-inch qHD display device comes with a 1.2GHz dual core processor, a 2,100 mAh battery, a five-megapixel rear-facing camera, and NFC connectivity. It's also fairly light on memory with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage with a microSD slot that's expandable up to 64GB. For a new device, however, it's running a very old version of Android — Jelly Bean 4.2.2.

To buff up the feel of the device, Samsung has taken a cue from the Galaxy Round and Note 3, including a "leather and soft-feel" back covering for ease of handling. But at 9.8mm thick, it's bulkier than its newer devices the Note 3, which had an 8.3mm depth.

It also comes with the usual line up of Samsung software, such as Easy Mode, Adapt Sound, Safety Assurance, Motion UI, Smart Alert, S Voice, S Translator, and S Travel.

The device comes in black or white and will be launched in Europe, Asia and Russia. Samsung hasn't said when it will be available or released pricing details yet.

For the Korean market, Samsung also launched the Galaxy Core Advanced this week, a slightly larger 4.7-inch display 3G device that it’s promoting as an affordable smartphone. The device comes with similar specs to the LTE Core, but will be available in blue and white at a cost of 410,300 won ($380).

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