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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