Samsung’s new phone hits official list ahead of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S3.
Samsung is not yet officially announcing the Galaxy S3, and it looks like the rumors about its delay is true. Reports today have confirmed that the South Korean company will release a new phone, but it is not the much-anticipated “quad-core and high-end” Galaxy smartphone.
According to Into Mobile, Samsung will announce a new smartphone at the Mobile World Congress next week, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance. It is a powerful phone, but based on the leaked specs, the Galaxy S Advance will fall under the mid-range category. The device was spotted in the Philippines, and Samsung might announce the phone in Europe next month sporting the tag price of 22,900 Philippine Pesos or around US$535 after conversion, the report adds.
Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance fills the space between the Galaxy S II and the Nexus S with the dual-core 1GHz CPU, 5-megapixel back camera, RAM under 1GB, 4.3-inch screen with WVGA resolution, and Android Gingerbread 2.3. It is the first non-Nexus Samsung phone to feature the contour display (curved) so if you love curved glass and TouchWiz, the Galaxy S Advance is the perfect phone that will fit in your pocket.
So, what’s the point of releasing another mid-range smartphone? Well, it is possible that the Samsung is, indeed, delaying the release of the Samsung Galaxy S3, and it looks like they want to seriously compete against the iPhone 5 that might arrive in June or October. Last week rumors noted that Samsung wants to avoid the long gap between the international launch date and the United States variants’ release date, and to avoid disappointing the loyal U.S. smartphone buyers.
Samsung is currently selling the first and only Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone in the market now, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. In United States, Verizon is offering the phone with the Long-Term Evolution technology and 32GB of onboard storage, while Sprint is expected to release its own LTE-equipped Galaxy Nexus sometime next quarter. In other countries, Samsung is offering the Pentaband HSPA+ with 16GB storage.
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