After being sneakily leaked this morning, and rumoured to be preparing for a launch at Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance has surprised everyone by being made official just hours after the first pictures emerged.
The Galaxy S Advance is a continuation of the original Galaxy S range that began back in 2010, and not another of the seemingly endless Galaxy S II variants. At first glance little appears to have changed, however if you look at the phone from the side, it has taken a leaf from the Galaxy Nexus S’s design book, as it has a subtly curved screen.
The screen itself measures 4-inches and has a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, and is another Super AMOLED panel. A 1.3 megapixel video-call lens sits above it, while around the back of the 9.6mm chassis is a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording.
If you’re thinking this all sounds familiar, it’s because it’s no different to the original Galaxy S, but what sets the Advance apart is the addition of a 1GHz dual-core processor and 768MB of RAM. As standard, the Advance uses Android Gingerbread as its operating system.
Although not as powerful as the Galaxy S II, this does elevate the new phone up to modern standards and provided the price is right, that curved screen should attract plenty of admirers.
It’s due to launch in Europe in February, and despite Samsung unveiling it before Mobile World Congress, it’s sure to put in an appearance at the show as well.