Samsung's entry-level Galaxy M01 Core smartphone launched in India; prices start at INR 5,499 (US$73)
Shortly after releasing the low-cost Galaxy M01s in India, Samsung has released yet another, even more affordable, smartphone. Dubbed as the Samsung Galaxy M01 Core, the device is Samsung's cheapest 2020 release so far. Its base variant with 1GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage retails for INR 5,499 (US$73). The 2GB RAM and 32GB storage version will cost you INR 6,499 (US$86).
The Samsung Galaxy M01 core comes with a 5.3-inch HD+ TFT panel. Unlike most devices released in 2020, the Galaxy M01 Core has visible bezels, making it look like something released in 2017. It's MediaTek MT6739 SoC is a blast from the past, too, with its four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and PowerVR GE8100 GPU running at 570MHz. The phone comes with a single 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera-a 3,000mAh battery powers the phone, which runs an unspecified Android out of the box. We're probably looking at an Android Go flavor of Android 9.0 Pie customized with One UI 1.0 out of the box.
Samsung says that the Galaxy M01 Core is an entry-level smartphone intended for new users. The UI even supports One UI's system-wide Dark Mode. One might not see a drastic improvement in battery life since the screen employs a TFT panel, but it's easier on the eyes. The phone is expected to go on sale shortly, and it will be available across all major online and offline platforms.