Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Core Advance on Monday, a new Android smartphone with mid-range specs, but some unique accessibility features.
The phone is equipped with a 4.7-inch WVGA display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory with support for microSD cards and a 2,000mAh battery.
The phone’s focus is on usability, however. An optical scan function can scan text and read it outloud to the user, an Instant Voice Recorder can start recording voice notes on the fly, and a Screen Curtain option lets users execute commands on “a black screen to ensure privacy,” Samsung said. Other features include a voice-guided camera and improved text-to-speech functions.
The Galaxy Core Advance will launch in early 2014, though Samsung didn’t identify specific markets or a price.