Samsung’s Galaxy Core Advance might pack a 4.7-inch screen but its hotkeys and text-to-speech functions should it less of a handful, by turning it into one of the most accessible phones on the market.
The Galaxy Core Advance rocks with dedicated keys for frequently used functions like menu, home, the camera and the voice recorder on the front and edges of the phone. The soft-touch coating claims to make for a more comfortable grip too.
Measuring 133.3 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm there’s no disguising the fact that the Galaxy Core Advance will be a bit of a pocket monster, despite Samsung’s best intentions. While it’s not massive by today’s standards it’s not exactly petite either.
That said, Samsung’s got some more accessibility aces up it’s sleeves to make its 4.7-incher (WVGA 480×800) slab more palatable.
An optical scan feature, which can be used to read text from images and menus and read them aloud, could be useful for customers with visual impairments. There’s also a black screen mode which couple with the hot keys and text-to-speech functions, helps to save the battery.
Voice controls will also allow you to manipulate camera settings such as focus and face detection. Next to these are regular Samsung features including S Voice, S Beam (NFC) and S Translator.
The most recent update to YouView has seen a range of accessibility options hit the digital TV platform. Combined with voice controlled apps, of which there is an Android version, YouView and the Galaxy Core Advance seem made for each other.
The Samsung Galaxy Core Advance will be hitting UK shelves in deep blue and pearl white colours. A release date has yet to be announced, but here’s all the spec that’s currently available:
- Cameras: 5-megapixel, autofocus, flash, VGA front camera
- Dimensions: 133.3 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm
- Weight: 145g
- Memory: 1GB RAM + 8GB Internal Memory, microSD up to 64GB
- Processor: Dual Core 1.2 GHz
- OS version: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- Network: HSPA 14.4/5.76 Mbps, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
- Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n/, 2.4 GHz; USB 2.0 H/S; NFC; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS + GLONASS