Samsung Galaxy Core Advance gets announced for the elderly, the disabled, and the visually impaired
Ready for yet another Samsung Galaxy-branded Android smartphone to hit the market soon? No? Well, here it is anyway. Samsung’s isn’t slowing down its release pace, and it continues to churn out new handsets left and right. This one, though, is a bit special.
That’s because the Galaxy Core Advance, which will be available in early 2014, seems to be geared towards elderly people and the disabled and the visually impaired. This is an interesting niche, one that hasn’t usually been catered to by the biggest brands around. Until now, as you might imagine. Samsung clearly wants a piece of this market too.
The Galaxy Core Advance features a 4.7-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 14.4 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, an FM radio, and a 2,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
It will be out in Deep Blue (pictured above) and Pearl White. Details about specific territories in which it will be sold haven’t been made public yet.
The phone comes with enhanced accessibility features, such as Optical Scan (which automatically recognizes text from an image and reads it aloud), Light Sensing (uses the device’s camera to sense light direction and brightness), Instant Voice Recorder (for quick voice notes), Screen Curtain (lets you operate commands on a black screen to ensure privacy and saves battery life), high quality Text-to-Speech functionalities, and Voice Guided Camera (which reads out the number of faces detected and their standing location for easy photo snapping). Alongside these come the “smart features” that we’ve seen on other Galaxy devices before – S Voice, S Translator, Sound & Shot, Group Play, Easy Mode, and so on.