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Samsung could launch another Android Go phone soon, namely the Galaxy A2 Core

Samsung Galaxy A2 Core leaked press render (Source: SamMobile)
Samsung Galaxy A2 Core leaked press render (Source: SamMobile)
A leaked press render revealed that the Galaxy A lineup will become the second family of Samsung handsets to include at least one Android Go-driven smartphone. This Exynos 7870-powered phone will probably launch on March 22 in India and other emerging markets, such as South Africa — where the support page for the Galaxy A2 Core is already online.

Although Samsung still has to confirm its release, the upcoming Galaxy A2 Core is apparently only one week away. In addition to the leaked press render that has recently surfaced online, this Android Go handset also has an official support page up and running, so there's not much room for surprises here.

According to its Geekbench visit that took place last month, the Samsung Galaxy A2 Core (SM-A260F) is powered by an Exynos 7870 processor and has 1 GB of memory. The same source revealed that the operating system is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and not Pie, but it is possible that the market-ready product will use Android Pie-based firmware.

While Android Go is supposed to be nothing more than a stock Android built for low-end handsets — including system apps specifically made to run on such devices — the mobile operating system used by Samsung that is based on it is slightly different. Sadly, its features do not even come close to those that regular Galaxy handsets can provide thanks to Samsung's custom UI and apps.

With so many decent phones that run stock Android and cost less than US$150 around, do you think there is still a market for Android Go devices?

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-03-18 (Update: 2019-03-18)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.