Today we shall be taking a brief look at the new Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. The Galaxy Ace wasn’t that much of a powerful phone to begin with,but hopefully the Ace 2 will resolve that problem and make this unit a tad more powerful. Still, this is a pretty good phone, even considering that its hardware isn’t actually top notch. I have had the pleasure or working with the first Galaxy Ace ( I’m not sure if I’ve ever reviewed it on this website since my memory isn’t what it used to be ) and I can say, hands down, that phone can run extremely smooth and it’s quite stylish and exquisite. But don’t take my word for it, instead try one out for yourself. What I’m trying to get it is the fact that the Galaxy Ace was a good enough phone to satisfy those with not so many expectations from a device ( I, for one, consider myself such an individual since I consider that the phone’s main purpose is talking, not using it to plot your course to world domination through technological dominance ). If the Galaxy Ace was such a good phone, one can only imagine how good the Ace 2 will be.
Without any further dilly dally, let us initiate this review / preview of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.
- Processor : Dual-core 800 MHz
- RAM : 768 MB
- Android OS : 2.3 Gingerbread
- Camera : 5 MP
- Display : 480 x 800 pixels, 3.8 inches (~246 ppi pixel density)
Let us open up with the size of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. The body of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is about as big as 118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm and it weighs about 122 grams. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 also has Touch-Sensitive Controls, just as the Galaxy Ace 1 had.
The display of this phone is a PLS TFT Capacitive Touchscreen with approximately 16 million colors. The screen of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is 3.8 inches big and can run in a resolution of approximately 480 x 800 pixels. The pixel density of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is about 246 ppi. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 also has multitouch, but with no info about how many simultaneous fingers can work on this screen. Also, while on the display part of the review / preview of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, this phone also has TouchWiz v3.0 UI already installed on it.
Now let us move on to the sound of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. The phone is pretty basic on this part, without any notable sound enhancements or whatever. The alert types are as follows : vibration, MP3 and WAV ringtones. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 also has a Loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack. No sound enhancements, as I’ve surely said before. So let us move on.
Now let us take a look at the memory. The memory and the hardware have been improved significantly since the Galaxy Ace 1. The internal storage space of teh Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is about 4 GB and the RAM of this phone is 768 MB. If you’ve ever seen the Galaxy Ace 1, you’d know that the improvement was major. If 4 GB is somehow not enough for your greedy space needs, you can also use the MicroSD card slot which can use any card of up to 32 GB.
Now let us move on to the Data Connectivity of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. This phone has GPRS and EDGE connections which run at HSDPA at approximately 14.4 MB/s. The WLAN of this phone has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct. Also, the WLAN has Wi-Fi hotspot as well. The Bluetooth of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP. Also, this phone has Optional NFC ( which who knows what that stands for ). The USB connectivity of this phone is done through a MicroUSB v2.0 port.
Now let us take a look at the camera of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. The primary camera is a 5 MP camera which can photograph at a resolution as big as 2592 x 1944 pixels. The features of the main camera include : autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging and also face and smile detection. The main camera’s video recorder is capable of recording at 720p HD with a steady 30 fps. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 also has a secondary camera with VGA quality, as opposed to the secondary camera of the Galaxy Ace 1 which is absent.
Moving on to the hardware of this phone. Apparently it only has a processor. Either that, or there isn’t enough information available about this phone, although I highly doubt that. Still, we shall work with what we have. The processor is a Dual-Core 800 MHz processor, which is two times as powerful as the processor of the Galaxy Ace since that one only had a Single-Core 800 MHz processor. The absence of a notable chipset and GPU is worrying me, but one must cope with the situation and hope that it will be a good phone without those as well.
Now moving on to the software of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. This phone will come out ( somewhere around Q2 of 2012, I believe ) withe Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread. There is no news about any future Ice Cream Sandwich update for this phone. Frankly, I’m not even sure if this phone can support Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Now let us take a look at some of the remaining features of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. The sensors of this phone are limited to : accelerometer, proximity and compass. The messaging of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is done via : SMS ( through threaded view ), MMS and E-Mail. The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is made through HTML. The radio of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a Stereo FM radio with RDS. The GPS of this phone has A-GPS support and GLONASS. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 also supports Java via Java MIDP emulator. The colors that the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 will come out in are limited to only one : black.
Here is a short list of some of the more random features of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 :
- 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)
This concludes this review / preview of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. If you feel that anything has been left out of this review or preview feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below and I shall be sure to take your suggestion into consideration when writing my future projects.