Samsung announces the Galaxy S Advance

Earlier today Samsung announced details of its latest Android smartphone, the Galaxy S Advance.

The Galaxy S Advance is being aimed towards those users on a budget and is powered by a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor, a 4.0” WVGA (480x800) Super AMOLED display, HSPA 14.4 Mbps connectivity and a 5MP camera.

Despite the Galaxy S moniker, the phone is certainly a step down to what many fans of Samsung's series of devices will be used to. The 5MP camera is low even for a budget phones these days and it will also only launch with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system instead of Ice Cream Sandwich, Google's latest version of Android.

Despite the lack of a new OS and low quality camera, the Galaxy S Advance is pretty slim, measuring at just 9.69mm thick and weighing 120g. It will also ship in both 8GB and 16GB sizes, though it does have a microSD slot if you would like to increase capacity in the future.

It will be interesting to if a release like this makes a mockery of the Samsung's Galaxy brand, one that has in the past been known for cutting edge hardware and technology, rather than budget run-of-the-mill devices.

You can checkout the full feature for the Galaxy S Advance list below:

Network

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

Processor

1 GHz Dual-Core Processor

Display

4.0” WVGA(480x800) 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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I find the name is a little deceiving to be honest. At first I thought maybe this is the successor to the Galaxy S2 but alas not.

if its below 200 dollars for a last gen smartphone it would be great, but im seriously doubt it...

seems that samsung its commiting the same mistake as HTC releasing so many phones that confuse... this phone its almost the same as galaxy R....

And if they couldnt update their previous flagship phone i seriously doubt this phone will ever get ICS, android phones should ship with ICS we are in 2012 for god sake

SpyderCanopus said,
Even this low-end android phone has more storage than the ps vita, and I bet this costs 1/3 the price.

1/3 the price? The PS Vita isn't subsidized by your carrier. The true, unsubsidized cost of the phone is probably $500.

"It will be interesting to if a release like this makes a mockery of the Samsung's Galaxy brand, one that has in the past been known for cutting edge hardware and technology, rather than budget run-of-the-mill devices."

I'm guessing the author has never used a Samsung Galaxy Prevail.

This hardly makes a mockery of the Galaxy S brand. While the S named brand is held for their flagship models this is a S advance not SII advance. It should be seen for what it is and that's a budget device, improving on the specs of the original Galaxy S. Down the line we may see a SII advance which will sit between the specs of the SII and upcoming SIII.

Looks decently good to me. I'd probably like to have that as a 2nd phone I think 4" screens are perfect when it comes to using it as a phone.

Doubt it'll get ICS, Samsung will just give the Touchwiz will make it too slow nonsense again even though it's perfectly capable of it.

Possession said,
Doubt it'll get ICS, Samsung will just give the Touchwiz will make it too slow nonsense again even though it's perfectly capable of it.

From someone who has used touchwiz devices, pure stock 'Google Experience' devices and stock AOSP ROMs on previously touchwiz devices I can easily say Touchwiz doesn't slow or lack features when compared to pure Android. Perhaps in the past but with touchwiz 4.0 they integrated some nice features, achieved a slick look and HW acceleration pre ICS provided smoothless throughout. Sure the resigning of the Galaxy S with GB was poor but this device is a completely different matter.

Edited by Hollow.Droid, Jan 31 2012, 12:49am :

why can't android phones come with the latest os....they're always selling things a gen behind and then stop giving them updates prematurely

Co_Co said,
why can't android phones come with the latest os....they're always selling things a gen behind and then stop giving them updates prematurely

Cause android phones shine on custom roms. Dont like it, go buy an iPoo

Varemenos said,

Cause android phones shine on custom roms. Dont like it, go buy an iPoo

As an Android user and custom ROM user I don't agree. The reason behind devices shipping with older versions is that they aren't manufactured or planned out a month or two in advance. This device has likely been in the pipeline for many months. Add in the fact that the Galaxy S2, their current flagship device, is still getting ICS developed and is still far from complete (You can see their progress in the latest leaked ROMs). Once it is complete and going out to the S2 you'll see it trickle down for devices such as these. Android has many advantages but waiting a little longer for updates is one of its clear disadvantages.

Co_Co said,
why can't android phones come with the latest os....they're always selling things a gen behind and then stop giving them updates prematurely

Samsung is releasing 4.0 some time this quarter.

trumphil said,
Do you really believe that 8MPx phone camera is better than 5MPx? You can afford same results with Gimp and enlarging photo...

If the lens on the 8MP is better, then hell yeah it will be a better camera.