Samsung Galaxy Core Prime review


Welcome to the 2016 Samsung Core Prime mobile phone review. With the introduction of the Galaxy S7 series Samsung is refreshing the entire smartphone line up but have left the unchanged Samsung Galaxy Core Prime as one of the oldest models still available.  Yes, the J1 and the A series have been updated! So what is using the Galaxy Core Prime like? We decide to put up this review.

When released the Galaxy Core Prime in late 2014 it was essentially a gap model, between the superseded Galaxy S4 and the top range Galaxy S5 model in the line up so its price was around the $390 mark in 2014 but in 2016 it has dropped to a recommend retail price of  $269. There is nothing wrong with the pricing at the time of posting this review.

In terms of construction the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is the same as the Galaxy S4 so its pretty good.  It also looks like a Galaxy S4. There is literally nothing complain about as it feels great for a relatively inexpensive phone in 2016.

In terms of specifications (see below) the Galaxy Core Prime is a perfect example of the Snapdragon platform everything is there for wireless connectivity. The screen resolution is on the low side for a 2016 smartphone but average for the price, like wise the camera quality. There is nothing exceptional of the specifications bar the surprise inclusion of NFC for wireless payments and sync. Strangely the Galaxy Core Prime it is missing an FM radio.  We’d love to be about to write up more but there is anything else to point out.

In terms of use the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is surprising quick. The only lag you may experience is if you have data heavy live widgets but nothing to complain about either. The screen quality and size is more than acceptable and so is the brightness despite the relatively low resolution once again nothing to complain about. The only issue is that not every app can be transferred to the expansion SD card that said all your music and photos can be transferred.

Overall the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is a good phone for the price.  It does everything well and reasonably quick with the only problem with the Galaxy Core Prime is it’s tiny standard memory, although expandable. Apart from that it is really it’s competitors that make life difficult, the price being a key factor since for a mere $100 more you can get an Oppo R7s with much better specifications and currently our favourite budget smartphone in mid 2016.


  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM
    Dual-band 3G
    Dual Band 4G LTE
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L131.3 x W68.4 x D8.8 mm
    Weight 130 grams
  • Display/s
    External 4.5 Inch TFT 480 x 800
  • Camera
    5MP LED Flash
    Video Camera HD 720p @ 30fps
    2MP front camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    Quad-core 1.2 Mhz with 1 Gig RAM
  • Memory
    Up to 8 Gig available to user
    MicroSD up to 64Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    Proximity, Accelerometer
  • Power
    2000 Li-Po mAh battery
    Up to 12 Days Standby
    Up to 13 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $329 AUD 2016