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 480x800 resolution, up from 320x480. 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 320x480 resolution than the barely-adequate 240x320 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.
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|Features||OS||Android OS, v2.3|
|CPU||Dual-core 800 MHz|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Other||- MP4/H.264/H.263 player |
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Document editor
- Image editor
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input (Swype)
|General||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, Q1|
|BODY||Dimensions||118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm|
|Weight||122 g |
- Touch-sensitive controls
|DISPLAY||Type||PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||480 x 800 pixels, 3.8 inches (~246 ppi pixel density)|
- TouchWiz v3.0 UI
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32GB|
|Internal||4 GB storage, 768 MB RAM|
|DATA||Bluetooth||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP|
|Speed||HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|CAMERA||Primary||5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, face and smile detection|
|BATTERY||.||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh|