Tuesday, January 31, 2012

No GS3, but Samsung announces Galaxy S Advance

Although rumor has it that Samsung won't be announcing the Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the end of February, don't expect that the 2011's largest smartphone manufacturer will rest on its laurels. On Monday, the Korean giant announced the Samsung Galaxy S Advance.

If you look at the image of the device, you might think that it looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S. So what's the "advanced" part of the device?

It seems, off the top of our heads, like Samsung took the Galaxy S and added a few "advanced" features. For one, RAM has been increased from 512MB to 768MB. It has a dual core 1.0 GHz processor vs. the original Galaxy S' single core 1 GHz processor. It also adds HSPA 14.4Mbps connectivity vs. the original's 7.2Mbps data speed.

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It still comes with "only" a 5MP rear-facing camera, and comes with a 1.3MP front camera. The device will ship with Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Like the original, it will have a 4-inch 480 x 800 Super AMOLED screen.

Samsung said it plans to begin a gradual roll out of the Galaxy S Advance in Russia next month. It will follow that with Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Latin America and China. If you notice that the U.S. is absent from that list, you'd be right.

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