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The new Samsung Galaxy A03 Core has a 5,000mAh battery and a Unisoc processor

The new Galaxy A03 Core. (Source: Samsung)
The new Galaxy A03 Core. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung has announced a device that is probably a contender for its cheapest smartphone of 2021. The Galaxy A03 Core, unlike others of similar names, has a large 5,000mAh battery. Then again, it also has a 4G/LTE-only SoC from Unisoc, along a RAM and internal storage prolife that is remarkably meager at this point.

Samsung's latest ultra-budget-class phone is called the Galaxy A03 Core, which might succeed the Galaxy A01 Core already on the market. However, this newer model looks quite different and also varies in terms of specs.

For a start, Samsung has, surprisingly, opted for an 8-core (made of 4 1.6GHz cores with 4 more at 1.2GHz) Unisoc processor rather than one of its own Exynos chipsets, or one from MediaTek as in the A01 Core. It has just 1 SKU with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which, while quite anachronistic in 2021, is still better than the 1GB entry-level configuration of the A01 Core.

Similarly, the A03 Core is a real oddity in late 2021 as it has launched with nothing more than a single 8MP rear camera. Then again, it has a round lens set into the rear panel rather than the aging lozenge style of the A01 Core, or even A03s.

The only other camera here is a 5MP shooter found in the U-shaped notch in its display. This panel is a reasonable 6.5 inches in diagonal length, although it is also HD+. Samsung does not mention anything further on its new product page, which means it is also probably LCD.

The OEM has also not mentioned which OS this new low-tier device runs on: therefore, it may be acceptable to guess at the appropriately-named Core version of One UI. Samsung has also yet to reveal a price for this product, thereby inviting speculation that it might come in at ~US$100, or perhaps even less. Therefore, this may be what a rock-bottom price-range gets you in 2021.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-11-15 (Update: 2021-11-15)