Samsung Galaxy S Advance goes official

Yesterday we reported it was incoming, but we didn't expect an official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S Advance quite so soon.

Not that we're complaining, as we now have the full specification, as well as an approximate shelf date for Europe. But it is one to strike off your list for the MWC event. Maybe that Galaxy S III is launching after all?

But that's for later – let's talk about the Advance and its ironic name. Because it's not really all that advanced in comparison to the current Galaxy range, especially when you compare it to the Galaxy S II. It isn't a bad phone though, with its 1GHz dual-core CPU, four-inch, 480x800 Super AMOLED display, 16GB of memory and 768MB of RAM.

There's also HSPA connectivity, with speeds up to 14.4Mbps, a five-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel networking camera. But the downside is perhaps the version of Android. No Ice Cream Sandwich here, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. Maybe Samsung wants to keep the latest OS for its MWC launches or ts flagship phones for now. You'll also get Samsung's own apps built-in, including the ChatON service.

Pricing is still to be confirmed, although the phone is set to hit the shelves from next month. Sadly, you'll need to be in Russia to be one of the first with an Galaxy S Advance. The UK is likely to see it a month or so after that.

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