Samsung Galaxy Core announced

Android handset will provide an affordable alternative to premium smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Samsung has added an affordable Android smartphone to its range of Galaxy devices.

The new Samsung Galaxy Core shares some of the same features as the recently launched Galaxy S4, a premium handset with a £500 price tag, but is likely to cost a fraction of this amount.

It boasts a wide array of 'smart' software features, including Smart Stay, which detects when the user is looking away and dims the screen to save battery power, and S Voice, which is Samsung's take on the Apple iPhone voice-activated 'assistant' Siri.

The Samsung Galaxy Core has a decent-sized 4.3in display and is roughly the same size and weight as the Galaxy S2, though it borrows the sleeker, more rounded appearance of its younger siblings, the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4.

Other features of the Samsung Galaxy Core include a not-to-be-sniffed-at 1.2GHz processor and a pretty generous 1GB of RAM. There is only 8GB of internal storage, but a microSD card can add up to 64GB of extra space.

It has a five-megapixel camera complete with LED flash and supports high-definition (HD) video recording and playback. The Galaxy Core also runs the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Although no exact price or release date have been confirmed, Samsung has said the Galaxy Core will be available from retailers later this month.

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