One UI is the latest user interface for Samsung Galaxy phones, and it brings the best mobile experience to every user. One UI Android skin has a simple interface, offers customizations, and packs many usability features and apps. Samsung has two variants of the One UI platform, the regular One UI and the One UI Core. So, here are the differences between the two.

Every year, Samsung launches many Android phones in different series. Galaxy S and F series are premium and mid-range phones, while Galaxy A and M series are budget phones. The premium/mid-range family features the One UI, and the budget family features the One UI Core. Here is a list of Samsung devices with One UI Core UI platform (link).

Samsung OneUI

Differences between Samsung One UI and the One UI Core UI Platforms

Essentially, One UI Core is the lite or stripped-down version of the One UI. It packs only the core features of the One UI and misses features like Bixby, Easy Mode, Samsung Pay, Good Lock apps, Windows Link, and more.

Features Not Available in One UI Core UI Platform:

  • Bixby: The digital assistant on Samsung phones is not available with the One UI Core UI platform.
  • Easy Mode: This mode will change your phone home screen into a simple layout with bigger on-screen items. So elderly people and people with bad eyesight can use their phones effortlessly.
  • Good Lock App: This suite of apps allows you to customize your Samsung phone the way you like. Unfortunately, this feature will not be available in One UI Core devices.
  • Windows Link: It is a new feature of Samsung phones. It lets you connect your phone to Windows 10/11 PC and use it from the PC. This feature will not be available with Core UI devices.
  • Samsung Pay/Mini: The payment app, which lets you make payments using NFC-supported phones. One UI Core does not support this feature.
  • Knox Security: It is Samsung’s proprietary security feature for its devices. Knox is a hardware and software level security solution, but it will not be available in One UI Core devices.
  • Secure Folder: You can use Secure Folder to store all the photos, videos, files, apps, and data you want to keep private, but unfortunately, it is not in budget phones with One UI Core.

So those are the main differences between Samsung premium, mid-range, and budget phones. To check whether your device is running One UI or One UI Core, go to Settings, select About phone, and tap on Software information. Here you will see the details of the UI version.

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