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Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Gio and Galaxy Mini

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26th January 2011

The ever-expanding Samsung Galaxy series of Android smartphones expanded again today, with four new handsets filling out the bottom of the range, mostly due to hit the shelves sometime this quarter.

Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830)

The most advanced phone in the group of four, the Samsung Galaxy Ace is a black slabby device with a fairly modest specification compared to top-of-the-range Android handsets.

The Galaxy Ace comes with a 3.5" 320 x 480 pixel display, an 800 MHz processor with 278Mb of RAM and Android 2.2. On the back is a 5 megapixel camera with what appears to be very basic video capture capabilities. The Galaxy Ace also comes with WiFi (including 802.11n support), 3.5G and GPS plus a microSD slot and a 2GB memory card.

Although the Galaxy Ace lacks the screen resolution of many more expensive rivals, the display is large enough to be useful and the overall specifications make this a handy smartphone for most consumers. Samsung give a recommended retail price of about €360, which does seem expensive to us. The Galaxy Ace should be available in some markets from February onwards.

 Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung Galaxy Ace at a glance

Available:

Q1 2011

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + WiFi

Screen:

3.5" 320 x 480 pixels

Camera:

5 megapixels

Size:

Medium tablet
112 x 60 x 12mm

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Optional

GPS:

Yes

OS:

Android 2.2

Battery life:

Not specified (1350mAh cell)

 

Samsung Galaxy Mini (S5570)

There was a small rush of "mini" handsets in the past year or so, the best of these being the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini. So you would expect something called the Samsung Galaxy Mini to follow the same idea. Unfortunately, there's nothing really "mini" about the Samsung Galaxy Mini at all.. a run-of-the-mill low end Android phone, the only really distinguishing feature here is the design which is reminiscent of the hugely popular Samsung Corby.

The display is a basic 3.14" 240 x 320 pixel panel with a 3 megapixel camera on the back. Inside is a 600 MHz processor coupled with 160Mb of RAM. The Galaxy Mini has 3.5G support and WiFi, plus GPS and runs Android 2.2. There's a microSD slot with a 2GB card in the standard sales package, and a 3.5mm audio socket too.

The suggested retail price is €220, but we think that the Mini might have a real street price of less than €200 when it hits the market from February onwards.

 Samsung Galaxy Mini

Samsung Galaxy Mini at a glance

Available:

Q1 2011

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + WiFi

Screen:

3.14" 24 0 x 320 pixels

Camera:

3 megapixels

Size:

Medium tablet
110 x 61 x 12mm

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Optional

GPS:

Yes

OS:

Android 2.2

Battery life:

Not specified (1200mAh cell)

Samsung Galaxy Fit (S5670)

Slotting into the range between the Mini and Ace phones is the Samsung Galaxy Fit, an elegant looking smartphone with a 3.3" 240 x 320 pixel display, 5 megapixel camera, 800 MHz processor, WiFi, 3.5G support and GPS plus a 600 MHz processor and 160Mb of RAM plus a microSD slot (2GB is included), all running Android 2.2

Samsung quote a retail price of about €320 which we think is overpriced, and we would expect the Galaxy Fit to be closer in cost to the HTC Wildfire which currently retails for less than €250.

 Samsung Galaxy Fit

Samsung Galaxy Fit at a glance

Available:

Q1 2011

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + WiFi

Screen:

3.3" 24 0 x 320 pixels

Camera:

5 megapixels

Size:

Medium tablet
110 x 61 x 13mm

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Optional

GPS:

Yes

OS:

Android 2.2

Battery life:

Not specified (1350mAh cell)

Samsung Galaxy Gio (S5660)

Another variation on the same theme is the Samsung Galaxy Gio. This time coming with a 3.2" 320 x 480 pixel display, a 3 megapixel camera, 800 MHz CPU with 158MB of RAM, microSD slot with a 2GB card in the standard sales package, 3.5G support, WiFi and GPS plus a basic 3 megapixel camera on the back, running Android 2.2 again.

Samsung say that "Gio" comes from the Italian for "jewel", but in reality the Gio is a very dull looking device that follows the usual black slabby pattern for smartphones. Still, underneath it seems capable enough and should certainly be a good enough Android smartphone for most users. No guidance was given on price or availability, but the Galaxy Gio will almost definitely be available in some markets this quarter.

 Samsung Galaxy Gio

Samsung Galaxy Gio at a glance

Available:

Q1 2011

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + WiFi

Screen:

3.2" 320 x 480 pixels

Camera:

3 megapixels

Size:

Medium tablet
110 x 58 x 12mm

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Optional

GPS:

Yes

OS:

Android 2.2

Battery life:

Not specified (1350mAh cell)

 

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