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Today sees the unveiling of a new entry-level Android handset from Samsung, the 3.65-inch Galaxy Ace Plus. The Ace Plus is the successor to last year's Galaxy Ace, which was Sammy's main mid-range phone for Europe in 2011. It's billed as a phone for "trendy and sociable young professionals" (so that's us out), and brings Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the latest TouchWiz 4.0 onto a 3.65-inch HVGA display. Design-wise, you've got a chassis that closely resembles the original Galaxy S, and the more recent Galaxy S Plus.

The phone's powered by a 1GHz CPU and comes equipped with a 5MP rear-facing camera (no front-facer), along with 512MB RAM and 3GB internal storage (including 1GB for apps, and expandable using a microSD card) -- so nothing to set the world alight, but a respectable mainstream device nonetheless. Of course, you can also expect all the usual Gingerbread and TouchWiz software niceties.

Samsung expects to release the Galaxy Ace Plus in Russia this month, followed by a gradual roll-out in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa later in the year. We've got the full spec list, along with more photos, after the jump.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Specifications

  • Network: HSDPA 7.2Mbps 900/2100, EDGE/GPRS  850/900/1800/1900
  • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
  • Display: 3.65” HVGA(320x480) TFT
  • OS: Android 2.3(Gingerbread)
  • Camera: 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
  • Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
  • Recording/ Playback: WVGA@30fps
  • Audio Codecs: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+
  • 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
    • Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
    • Social Hub: Integrated Messaging(Email, SNS), Contacts/ Calendar Sync, Basic: POP3/IMAP Email
    • Music Hub (Downloadable)
    • Google™ Mobile Services: Android Market™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Maps™, Syncing with Google Calendar™
    • ThinkFree
    • A-GPS
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® technology v 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity
  • Memory: 3GB User memory + 512MB(RAM),microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Size: 114.7 x 62.5 x 11.2 mm, 115 g
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 1,300 mAh

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There are 12 comments

Bullit says:

They should have put a Super AMOLED screen in this. Then it would be a OG SGS mini.

pug_ster says:

Then that would not be a 'value' phone, wouldn't it?

Bullit says:

Yes. Use the original S AMOLED not the plus or HD. Its almost a 2 yr old tech. I'm sure with all the SGS that have been sold, the R&D for that screen was paid for along time ago. Just a VGA version not the WVGA.

So Samsung needs more low def, low end phones that 512MB RAM guarantees will never see an update. They only have maybe 100 out right now?

The sad part is that the custoemr will most likely spend thousands on service over the life of this "free" phone.

Sybertron says:

Perhaps, but there is a Super AMOLED on the Droid Charge, and that has been seeing many Free with contract sales as is (and also is now running Gingerbread)

Honestly, unless you're looking at a non contract phone, I'm a bit confused how a this isn't strictly worse than that phone considering you can already pick that one up free from most places.

If they put an LTE radio in the thing this would actually be a good compliment to the Pantech Breakout on Verizon. It would actually be a bit better because of the camera flash. A bit smaller screen, but still not a bad phone if they would start it out at $100.

How about Free? Look at how many "High End " phones ago for $100 - $150 ref ATT. When you start talking "Entry Level" with last years specs theres no reason to have to pay for it ontop of a 2year cotract.

Okay, $50. It doesn't really matter though as it doesn't have an LTE or it seems even a CDMA radio. I admit the LTE pricing is getting out of hand. Hopefully when AT&T gets their LTE network up to the same breadth as Verizon, prices will start to go down.

CeluGeek says:

Seems like a good candidate for a sub $200 prepaid unit.

rem_kujawa says:

Wow, I wonder why apple keeps going after them.

carraser891 says:

Samsung puts TW 4.0 on this and not Galaxy S??? Samsung is the worst phone manufacturer in the world...never again i learned my lesson.

Acelx says:

Samsung Software development team sucks yes.. we hardly see updates yes.. But Samsung hardware is probably the best out right now.. Aint no one beating the samsung exynos processor.. the GS2s n GalaxyNote are the fastest phones out with ZERO lag factor.. You try that on HTC Sense.. or Moto blur or w/e its call..