Over the past few months, Samsung has been shying away from launching budget-centric Android smartphones in emerging markets. Now, Samsung has acknowledged the criticism by coming up with the Galaxy Core Max.
The new phone, which sports the model number SM-G5108Q, has a Super AMOLED display and dual-SIM support. This is indeed a low-end phone for common masses. In the meantime, however, we should note that the handset is restricted to China at least for now.
As far its specs are concerned, the Galaxy Core Max offers a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, and runs on Android 4.4 (Kitkat) with TouchWiz UI on top.
The Galaxy Core Max is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB internal storage which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). The mediocre spec sheet puts in direct competition against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Huawei Honor Holly.
There's an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash, while the Galaxy Core Max also has a 5-megapixel front -facing shooter. The device is backed by a large 2200mAh battery fitted inside. The Galaxy Core Max measures 8mm in terms of thickness and weighs in at 132g.
Samsung has been facing a tragic situation due to slowing sales of its Galaxy smartphones. The company logged a 60% drop in operating profit in the July-September period from a year earlier, due largely to slowing smartphone sales. Even though Samsung still outperforms many Chinese handset makers in both profit level and profit margin, its profitability has been declining sharply in recent months.
Back in India, Samsung is slowly and steadily losing its position to many home-grown players, such as Micromax, among others. However, Samsung still leads as far as the overall handset market is concerned. The company recently cut the price of the Galaxy S5. The flagship smartphone is now available for Rs. 37,500.
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