Samsung has added another pair of smartphones to its Galaxy line-up, this time updating its Ace and Mini models aimed at the mid-tier market, as it looks to consolidate its position in the smartphone market.
Set to be available in the UK from April, both the Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2 are based on the older Android 2.3 rather than the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's platform. The pair update the original Ace and Mini, launched last year.
The Ace 2 (pictured above on the right) features a 3.8in 480x800 display and weighs in at 122g.
It also has a slightly higher specification, boasting a dual-core 800MHz processor, 4GB of storage and 768MB Ram, plus a five-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with Flash and a front-facing VGA camera.
It also supports HSDPA download speeds of up to 14.4Mbit/s.
Meanwhile, the Mini 2 adopts a more compact design based as it is just 11.9mm thick with a 3.27in 320x480 screen and weighs in at 106g.
It has a single-core 800MHz processor, 4GB of storage and 512MB Ram, with just a 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera, and supports HSDPA up to 7.2Mbit/s.
Both handsets have 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and are Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) compatible, with an accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, and optional near-field communications (NFC) for applications such as contactless payments.
Both also feature Samsung's updated Hubs and ChatON services, giving users easy access to content and social network updates.
"Anyone who buys one of these new devices will benefit from even more functionality, including improved processing speeds so they can quickly connect to and browse the internet," said Simon Stanford of Samsung's UK telecommunications division.
Pricing for the two handsets has yet to be disclosed, and Samsung declined to name any UK networks that will carry either of the new devices.
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