Samsung Galaxy S Advance – 4″ Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz dual-core processor

Samsung has just confirmed the weekend’s rumours of a new update of its very popular Galaxy S, revealing the new Galaxy S Advance. New for this version of the ageing Android handset is a 1GHz dual-core processor upgrade and a 1.3MP secondary front-facing camera, all stuffed into the familiar old Galaxy S chassis.

But Android 2.3 is still the OS. You can’t have everything.

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Ought to be a very finely tuned and rather affordable option, that. Here’s the thing from Samsung, with a crudely-formatted list of the Advanced’s tech specs at the bottom:

Samsung offers style and power with GALAXY S Advance

Latest addition to Android-powered GALAXY portfolio delivers sleek curved design with Dual Core performance

SEOUL, Korea – January 30, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY S Advance. Designed for those who define themselves by the phone they carry, the GALAXY S Advance strikes a balance of style, power and performance. It will be available in Russia starting from February, and then be gradually rolled out in CIS, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Latin America and China.


“The GALAXY S Advance adds to the successful track record of the GALAXY smartphone range with a phone that combines power and style with all the versatility of Samsung’s Hub services,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

Dual Core performance, curved design and Super AMOLED display

Powered by a dual core 1.0 GHz processor and HSPA 14.4 Mbps connectivity, the GALAXY S Advance has been built with power and connectivity in mind, delivering great versatility and a highly responsive user interface for easy multitasking. Application start-ups are faster with virtually no lag time, and the user experience is boosted with smoother screen transitions, faster image processing, and enhanced Web download and browsing performance.

The GALAXY S Advance’s curved glass design enhances handling of the phone and fits the user’s facial form easily and naturally. Its 4.0” Super AMOLED display provides the stunning visuals users have come to expect of Samsung GALAXY smartphones, offering unparalleled color reproduction and ensuring that photos and videos captured with the device’s 5MP camera can be enjoyed with vivid clarity.

The Samsung user experience

Running on Android Gingerbread and featuring Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, the GALAXY S Advance enables users to stay connected through the Samsung Hubs and ChatON services. Music Hub offers a full music store experience with access to over 11 million tracks and the ability to fully personalize users’ own music catalogues. Readers Hub offers access to over 2.3 million e-books, 3,500 magazine and 200 newspaper titles; while the hugely popular Game Hub offers access to thousands of catalogued games supplemented by gamer news feeds and news.

Samsung’s cross platform communication service, ChatON connects all phone users into a single community using phone numbers instead of usernames and passwords, provides aneasy instant messaging, group chatting and sharing of content in multiple formats—images, video, voice, contacts, calendar—to make messaging simpler and more intuitive than ever.

The GALAXY S Advance also features Find My Mobile, a unique lost-phone management system that ensures secure phone data encryption in case of phone loss, and that enables users to trace their lost phone directly via the Web or even delete the device’s data remotely.

For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visitwww.samsungmobilepress.com

Note to Editors: Samsung GALAXY S Advance product specifications

Network
HSPA 14.4Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

Process
1 GHz Dual-Core Processor

Display
4.0” WVGA(480×800) Super AMOLED display

OS
Android 2.3(Gingerbread)

Camera
Main(Rear) : 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
Sub(Front) : 1.3 Megapixel Camera

Video
Codec : MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, VC-1
Recording/ Playback : 720@30fps

Audio
Codec : MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AC3
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS

Value-added Features
Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
Samsung Apps
Samsung Kies 2.0/ Samsung Kies air/ AllShare
ChatON(Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
Readers Hub(Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
Music Hub
Game Hub
*Service availability differs by region

GoogleTM Mobile Services
– Android Market™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Maps™,
Syncing with Google Calendar™

Polaris Office
Find My Mobile
A-GPS

Connectivity
Bluetooth® technology v 3.0 High Speed
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

Sensor
Proximity, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Light, Gyroscope

Memory
8/16GB User memory + 768MB(RAM)
microSD (up to 32GB)

Size
123.2 x 63.0 x 9.69 mm, 120g

Battery
Standard battery, Li-ion 1,500mAh

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  1. John

     /  January 30, 2012

    That is not the old familiar Galaxy S…

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  2. Peninsula

     /  January 31, 2012

    If you buy a new Galaxy S II today it will be running Gingerbread. This is a lesser phone, but not by much less. Differences seem to be 0.27″ less screen (also is not the + version), 25% less RAM, 3 fewer megapixels, and a smaller standard battery. It’s still under 1cm thick, and has a slightly curved screen, like a Nexus. To me, if this comes in under £300 its good value. Its really just a Galaxy S with another core, flash, and a RAM bump. What the Galaxy S+ should have been.

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