Samsung is very happy to announce a new addition to their Galaxy series family in the form of Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance. It’s a smaller and more affordable version of Galaxy S2 and might be the real big contender against iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S especially here in Philippines. Find out more below.
The new Galaxy S Advance is the best affordable alternative for the aging and higher-spec Galaxy SII. It features an innards of a dual-core 1GHz processor paired with 768MB RAM and 8/16GB storage plus a microSD slot of up to 32GB. Design is quite the same too from its big siblings like the S2, slim, sleek and compact. All this because of the big display of Super AMOLED at 4-inch size and dedicated Android menu buttons and a matte finish at the back where the 5MP camera capable of HD video shooting is attached. Software and connectivity wise, the Galaxy S Advance boasts a WiFi b/g/n support, 3G speed up to 14Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0 and runs all in Android Gingerbread which is likely a big candidate for Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0 later this year.
The rest of the specs and features are listed below. Unfortunately we don’t have exact and final price for the device but we’ve some details of it’s market release that is targeted to be available on February this year starting the roll-out from Russia going to Asia (Philippines) and the rest of the world.
|Network||HSPA 14.4Mbps 850/900/1900/2100|
|Process||1 GHz Dual-Core Processor|
|Display||4.0” WVGA(480×800) Super AMOLED display|
|Camera||Main(Rear) : 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash|
|Sub(Front) : 1.3 Megapixel Camera|
|Video||Codec : MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, VC-1|
|Recording/ Playback : 720@30fps|
|Audio||Codec : MP3, AAC, AAC＋, eAAC＋, WMA, AC3|
|Music Player with SoundAlive|
|3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS|
|Value-added Features||Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX|
|Samsung Kies 2.0/ Samsung Kies air/ AllShare|
|ChatON(Downloadable via Samsung Apps)|
|Readers Hub(Downloadable via Samsung Apps)|
|＊Service availability differs by region|
|GoogleTM Mobile Services|
|- Android Market™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Maps™,|
|Syncing with Google Calendar™|
|Find My Mobile|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth® technology v 3.0 High Speed|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Sensor||Proximity, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Light, Gyroscope|
|Memory||8/16GB User memory ＋ 768MB(RAM)|
|microSD (up to 32GB)|
|Size||123.2 x 63.0 x 9.69 mm, 120g|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-ion 1,500mAh|
|Price||Estimated at P18,000-20,000 in Philippines-$500|
Apple iPhone 4/4S vs Samsung Galaxy S Advance & S2
This announcement from Samsung will might create a big shake up for Apple here in Philippines as Filipino will slowly realized that the price difference for iPhone 4/4S compare to Galaxy S Advance and Galaxy S2 are big all with the specs differences in many aspects esp. larger display. However, we can’t deny that Apple brand is still big here as well as Nokia’s brand too. So in the end it’s a matter of advertising and product placement will drive the consumers.