From the front, they look exactly the same. In terms of physical dimensions, they are exactly the same size too. If you stand them side by side and look at them from the front, you will need super powers to be able to tell which is which. Samsung Galaxy A03 Core and A03 are certainly cut from the same cloth.
These two phones belong in Samsung’s entry-level range of smartphones. When you see the “Core” tag on a Sammy, that’s an entry-level baby with Android Go Edition you are looking at. That also tells us that the A03 is superior to the A03 Core in some way. And we have our comparison table below to make those differences easy to spot.
Samsung Galaxy A03 Core and A03 comparison table
|Samsung A03 Core||Samsung A03|
|6.5 inches, 720×1600 pixels, PLS TFT||6.5 inches, 720×1600 pixels, PLS TFT|
|Android 11 (Go Edition)||Android 11|
|2 GB RAM||3 GB / 4 GB RAM|
|32 GB storage||32 GB / 64 GB storage|
|8 MP rear camera||48 MP + 2 MP rear camera|
|5 MP selfie camera||5 MP selfie camera|
|2G, 3G, 4G||2G, 3G, 4G|
|NO fingerprint scanner||NO fingerprint scanner|
|5000 mAh, non-removable battery||5000 mAh, non-removable battery|
|5W charging||5W charging|
|$103.00 / ₦51,000||From $200 / ₦61,500|
The most glaring visual difference between the two devices is the design of the rear camera module. The A03 has two camera lenses there, while the A03 Core has only one. That is the easiest way to tell the two phones apart. Other than that, good luck trying to figure it out.
Away from the outside, let’s talk about other differences. A03 Core uses Android 11 Go Edition, which is a lean version of Android 11 optimised for devices with lower hardware. Remember that I mentioned that the A03 Core is an entry-level smartphone? Go Edition allows Android run smooth on it.
Up next are internal storage and RAM. A03 Core has 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. That’s it. A03 has higher and multiple options – 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage, and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage. The extra RAM in A03 translates to smoother and faster launching and switching of apps.
Speaking of which, while the processor used in Samsung A03 Core is public knowledge, for some reason, Sammy has been quiet about the A03’s processor. There is suspicion that it is the exact same one in the Core, but there has also been mention of Exynos 7. There is no way to confirm that now. When we do, I will have this section updated.
The last major difference between these two phones is in the rear cameras. A03 Core has a basic 8 MP single camera, while A03 has a 48 MP main camera and a 2 MP depth sensor to assist with portrait photos.
Both devices have the same battery capacity and charging standard. They are also both 4G smartphones. Neither smartphone has a fingerprint scanner, and I can’t quite wrap my head around it. At the price points of both phones, competitors all have fingerprint scanner. Lastly, when it comes to price, Samsung A03 is the more expensive of these two Android phones, which is expected, seeing that it offers more value than its “Core” sibling.
Samsung Galaxy A03 Core and A03: Conclusion
At the end of the day, while Samsung Galaxy A03 Core and A03 are cut from the same cloth, the latter is superior to the former. The only thing that will make you choose the A03 Core is your budget. Of you can afford it, Samsung Galaxy A03 is the better, more capable device.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.