Samsung Galaxy Core II Available in Emerging Markets

Samsung launched its Galaxy Core II in several emerging markets, such as India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and The Philippines. The device was announced in late-June. This smartphone is tactically positioned between the entry-level and mainstream market segments, and could disrupt several price-points. It goes after the swarm of 4-inchers priced around the US $200 mark. The kicker? It takes Android 4.4 "Kit Kat" to the masses.

To begin with, the Galaxy Core II, features a 4.5-inch display with WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) display. The device runs Android 4.4.2 "Kit Kat" out of the box, with Samsung's newer TouchWiz Essence UI. Its imaging won't win awards, as it combines a 5-megapixel primary, with a 0.3-megapixel that shoots selfies the size of online board avatars.

Under the hood, the Galaxy Core II features a 1.20 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 based SoC, 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage that's expandable to 32 GB with micro-SDHC, and a fairly large 2,000 mAh battery to power it all. It supports two standard-size SIM cards, with 3G HSDPA radio. 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0 wrap things up. The Galaxy Core II is available in two trims, black and white, with a leathery plastic rear panel.