The Samsung Galaxy Core is built around a 4.5" PLS display, which is a step up from the first-generation Core's 4.3" TFT unit. The resolution follows suit - up to qHD here from WVGA on the original Core. This results in a pixel density of 245ppi - good enough for the phone's entry-level spot.
Compared to the original Core, contrast and brightness are slightly better, but not spectacular. Outdoor visibility, however, is great and you'll have no problems reading the screen in bright sunlight.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Samsung Galaxy Core LTE||0.27||221||828||0.68||561||827|
|Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo||0.25||209||839||0.61||482||786|
|Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand||0.37||382||1040||0.62||586||948|
|Samsung Galaxy Ace 3||0.22||180||828||0.54||472||879|
|LG Nexus 5||0.31||298||948||0.54||526||967|
|LG Optimus G||0.14||197||1445||0.33||417||1438|
|Sony Xperia Z1||-||-||-||0.38||580||1513|
|Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4||0||201||∞||0||404||∞|
|Oppo Find 5||0.17||176||1123||0.51||565||1107|
Color reproduction isn't too great though. Colors look a bit washed out which may be down to a halfhearted effort at calibrating the display. Viewing the even at under the slightest angle results in poor contrast.
Sunlight legibility comes in about the same - towards the bottom of the chart.
The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE feels solid in the hand. The bump in display size hasn't affected the handling and portability, and the resolution upgrade is welcome.
The new matte back cover improves grip and gets rid of fingerprints. The all-plastic handset is well put together and the quality of the finish is reasonable.