Out of the blue Samsung has today announced the Galaxy Ace, a budget smartphone running on Android 2.2, aka Android Froyo. There’ll be no waiting around for this phone it’s in stores today – Telstra stores that is.
Budget it may be, but the feature set is decent, as is the price. A 3.5-inch touchscreen, GPS with turn-by-turn voice guidance, drive and walk modes and intelligent address search, and a 5 megapixel camera.
It’s a week of budget Android smartphone announcements, with details of the HTC Wildfire S also released this week.
Samsung Galaxy Ace release date and price
The Samsung Galaxy Ace is available now, from Telstra stores and Telstra online only. Purchased outright, the phone will cost $528. It is also available on the following plans:
- Consumer: $0 upfront on the $59 Freedom Connect Plan (minimum cost of $1,416 over 24 months). Includes $550 worth of eligible calls, unlimited standard national text and 1.5GB of data to use in Australia each month.
- Business: $0 upfront on a $59 Business Mobile Maximiser Handset Plan (minimum cost of $1,416 over 24 months). Includes $550 worth of eligible calls, unlimited standard national text and 1.5GB of data to use in Australia each month.
Samsung Galaxy Ace specifications
- Network: HSDPA 7.2 Mbps 900/2100; EDGE/GPRS 850/ 900/1800/1900
- Operating system: Android 2.2 (Android Froyo)
- Display: 3.5-inch 320×480 HVGA TFT-LCD
- Processor: 800MHz
- Camera: 5 megapixel camera AF with LED flash. Single Shot, Continuous Shot, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot.
- Video: MPEG4/H263/H264. Playback – [email protected] Recording – [email protected]
- Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eACC+. 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo FM radio with RDS, voice recorder
- Social Hub: Integrated contacts and calendar, widget, unified inbox.
- Email: Exchange ActiveSync. POP3/IMAP email & IM.
- Samsung TouchWiz UI
- QuickType by SWYPE
- ThinkFree: Document viewer/editor
- Android Brower, RSS Reader
- Premium turn-by-turn Navigation by NAVIGON, Whereis®
- Google Voice Search
- Connectivity: Bluetooth technology v 2.1, USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 (b/g/n)
- Sensor: Accelerometer, digital compass, proximity
- Memory: 150MB + 2GB inbox micro SD card+ expandable microSD slot(up to 32GB)
- Dimensions: 112.4 x 59.9 x 11.5 mm
- Battery: 1350mAh