While anticipation of the release of the next Samsung flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is high, Samsung is all set to release one of its entry-level devices, the Galaxy Core Prime, on Verizon Wireless, later this week, February 26 to be precise.
The phone went on sale in India, back in December, along with two other 4G LTE-enabled handsets, as a part of Samsung's attempts to counter the competition from local OEMs like Micromax, as well as the Chinese OEM Xiaomi, who seem to be flooding the entry-level market in India. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset, 64 bit, quad-core, clocked at 1.2 GHz, coupled with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory, supporting expansion up to 128 GB via a MicroSD slot. It sports a 4.5-inch 800 x 480 pixel resolution display, with the pixel density coming up to 207, which is far from the sharpest in its class. It runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top, and sports a 5 MP primary, and 2 MP front facing camera. The Verizon listing does state that it will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop with a future update.
The price of the device on Verizon will be $29.99, with a two-year contract. Verizon Edge customers get a different pricing, with the device being made available to them at $8 a month. The customers will also get 25 GB cloud storage on Verizon Cloud, free with this device.
The device is a very neat looking entry level phone from Samsung. However, for the current generation of smartphones, the screen resolution of 800 x 480 is way too less, even for an entry level device. The device has been priced at approximately $100 in the Indian market, so Verizon's contract pricing may seem a bit too high for some people, considering the fact that there are quite a few devices with better screens resolutions available in the same segment. Verizon is yet to reveal the off-contract price for the device.
Verizon Wireless will begin the online sale of the Galaxy Core Prime on February 26, with its store launch set date set to March 5. Let us know your views about the device in the comments down below!