Samsung Galaxy S Advance officially unveiled

Despite the fact that the Galaxy S is probably an old brand by now, officially replaced by the likes of the Galaxy S II and further removed from the public’s mind by constant rumors of the Galaxy S III’s impending launch, that is not stopping Samsung from announcing more devices seemingly based off the original’s idea. Their newest handset is the Galaxy S Advance, which the company has just announced. Very similar to the already released Galaxy R, the Galaxy S Advance may not be the most high-end or original Samsung-branded device out there, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t warrant some attention due to its specifications.

The Galaxy S Advance by Samsung features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 480×800. There’s a 1GHz dual-core processor under the hood, with a rear-facing 5MP camera and a 1.3MP front-facing shooter. The handset will come in either 8GB or 16GB of built-in storage models, and it’s set to make its debut in Russia near the end of February. Samsung does plan on bringing it to other international markets though, like China, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, CIS, greater Asia, and Europe. The handset will be launching with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, and Samsung has made no mention of an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

No word on pricing quite yet, either, but we don’t see this one aiming to break the bank. Full press release is below.

Press Release

Samsung offers style and power with GALAXY S Advance

January 30, 2012

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
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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