Two new Galaxies to join the galaxy of Galaxies
Samsung has announced that it will launch two new phones in the Galaxy range at the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona next week. The Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2 are both upgrades of existing handsets, adding faster processors, more memory and larger screens. Both will be available in the UK from April. They will join an already massive line-up of Galaxy handsets, from the premium Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S2 to the budget Galaxy Fit and the Galaxy Tab tablets.
The Galaxy Ace 2 is slightly heavier than the original Galaxy Ace, trading extra height and width for a slightly thinner body. Inside, the single core 800MHz processor is replaced by a dual-core model and there’s a healthy 768MB of RAM along with 4GB of storage. The screen uses Samsung’s PLS technology – much like that used in the amazing SyncMaster S27A850D business monitor. It’s larger too, up to 3.8in from 3.5in, bringing with it a larger 480×800 resolution, up from 320×480. The camera retains the same 5-megapixel sensor, but it can shoot video at 720p now and there’s a new front-facing camera for making video calls.
The Galaxy Mini 2 is the budget handset of the range, and it’s a tiny bit smaller than its predecessor, the Galaxy Mini, all around. It uses a single core 800MHz processor, up from the original Mini’s 600MHz chip, and it also includes more RAM and storage space. The screen is slightly larger, and has a far more practical 320×480 resolution than the barely-adequate 240×320 of the original.
Both phones get a Bluetooth upgrade too, up to version 3.0 from version 2.1, although it’s not clear whether they both support the full V3.0 +HS specification, which lets Bluetooth piggy-back on the phones’ Wi-Fi for faster data transfer. Both also support Wi-Fi direct, the ability for two supported devices to communicate directly without having to first join a Wi-Fi network.
Sadly, neither will ship with Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” installed; instead, they’ll both run Android 2.3. Samsung hasn’t yet announced whether they will receive an OS upgrade or not.