Samsung Galaxy Core (samsung-arubaslim)

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Samsung Galaxy Core I8260/I8262 (2013)
Samsung Galaxy Core I8260/I8262
Samsung Galaxy Core I8260/I8262
Manufacturer Samsung
Name Galaxy Core I8260/I8262 (2013)
Codename samsung-arubaslim
Released 2013
Category testing
Original software Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) on Linux 3.4.0.
postmarketOS kernel 3.5.1
Hardware
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 203 GPU
Display TFT display, 480 x 800 pixels, 5:3 ratio (~217 ppi density)
Storage 8 GB flash memory, microSDXC slot (up to 32/64 GB)
Memory 1 GB
Architecture armv7
Features
USB Networking
Works
Flashing
Works
Touchscreen
Works
Display
Works
WiFi
Broken
FDE
Broken
Mainline
Broken
Battery
Broken
3D Acceleration
Broken
Audio
Broken
Bluetooth
Broken
Camera
Broken
GPS
Broken
Mobile data
Broken
SMS
Broken
Calls
Broken
USB OTG
NFC
Sensors
Accelerometer
Broken
Magnetometer
Ambient Light
Proximity
Hall Effect
Barometer
Power Sensor
Misc
Keyboard
Touchpad
USB-A
HDMI/DP
Ir TX
TrustZone
FOSS bootloader



Contributors

Users owning this device


Basic Information

Samsung Galaxy Core GT-I8260 single sim card slot model and Samsung Galaxy Core GT-I8262 dual sim card variant are smartphone manufactured by Samsung Electronics that runs on the open source Android 4.1.2 Jellybean operating system. Announced by Samsung in early May 2013, the Dual-SIM model has been released in mid-to-late May 2013, and the single-SIM version for July 2013.

Requirements

The Samsung Galaxy Core I8260/I8262 already comes with an unlocked bootloader.

The only requirement is having TWRP installed on the device (you need to flash it via ODIN). Download here.

Although there are newer TWRP versions for this phone, such as this one or that one, they do not work properly on the I8260 variant, at least. The NovaFusion TWRP provided above is known to work properly.

Installation

There are no special tweaks needed for the installation. Check the installation guide.

The recommended method I use is flashing an Android recovery zip through TWRP, `pmbootstrap export` and copying the generated zip to the device while it's in recovery mode (adb push). Flashing to userdata is recommended, as system partition is very small.

What works

  • Booting
  • SSH through USB cable
  • Display

What does not work

  • Everything else, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Audio, GPU, Hardware Acceleration...

Note: Tried to install the firmware `linux-firmware-ath6k` to see if WiFi works (like it's done on other devices), without success.

Partition Scheme

~ # cat /proc/partitions 
major minor  #blocks  name

 179        0    7634944 mmcblk0
 179        1         20 mmcblk0p1
 179        2        175 mmcblk0p2
 179        3      20480 mmcblk0p3
 179        4          1 mmcblk0p4
 179        5       1000 mmcblk0p5
 179        6       1000 mmcblk0p6
 179        7       2000 mmcblk0p7
 179        8      12288 mmcblk0p8
 179        9       3072 mmcblk0p9
 179       10       3072 mmcblk0p10
 179       11       4096 mmcblk0p11
 179       12       8192 mmcblk0p12
 179       13      12288 mmcblk0p13
 179       14       4096 mmcblk0p14
 179       15       4096 mmcblk0p15
 179       16      12288 mmcblk0p16
 179       17      24576 mmcblk0p17
 179       18       4096 mmcblk0p18
 179       19        512 mmcblk0p19
 179       20       2048 mmcblk0p20
 179       21    1331200 mmcblk0p21
 179       22     737280 mmcblk0p22
 179       23     327680 mmcblk0p23
 179       24    5115488 mmcblk0p24


~ # df -h
Filesystem                Size      Used Available Use% Mounted on
tmpfs                   421.3M    128.0K    421.2M   0% /dev
tmpfs                   421.3M     12.0K    421.3M   0% /tmp
/dev/block/mmcblk0p22
                        709.5M     12.9M    696.6M   2% /cache
/dev/block/mmcblk0p24
                          4.8G      1.3G      3.5G  27% /data
/dev/block/mmcblk0p24
                          4.8G      1.3G      3.5G  27% /sdcard
/dev/block/mmcblk0p21
                        936.4M    714.5M    221.9M  76% /system
/dev/block/mmcblk0p23
                        315.2M     45.0M    270.2M  14% /preload
/dev/block/mmcblk0p12
                          7.9M      4.1M      3.8M  52% /persist
/dev/block/mmcblk0p16
                         11.8M      4.2M      7.7M  35% /efs

Hardware status

Status for Mainline (M) kernel:

Based on deviceinfohw.ru:

Status (M) Hardware Info (M)
N Booting boot.img has restriction of approx 8MB, which is /boot partition size.
N USB Networking The device is recognized by the computer if it's connected by USB.
N Panel ?
N Touchscreen MSM sec_touch for touchscreen is used.
N SD Card MicroSD card recognition.
N eMMC Samsung L7U00M for eMMC is used.
N GPS
N WiFi ATH6KL SDIO for WiFi is used.
N Bluetooth ATH6KL SDIO for Bluetooth is used.
N GPIO keys
N Battery and Charger Texas Instruments BQ27425-G1 and Onsemi FAN54013 are used.
N PMIC ?
N Sound msmaudio for audio is used.
N Voice processor
N Accelerometer Bosch Sensortec BMA2x2 (or BMC150) accelerometer is used.
N Magnetometer Bosch Sensortec BMM050 (or BMC150) for magnetometer is used.
N Light sensor PROXIMITY GP2A for proximity is used.
N Front/rear camera Samsung s5k4ecgx and MSM sr030pc50 camera sensor are used.
N GPU Adreno (TM) 203

Downstream Information

Logs

Note: Although having the I8260 variant, I (AAT596) used a ROM for I8262, as both devices almost share the same hardware.

However, I8260 has one-SIM only, and I8262 has dual-SIM.