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Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 on sale 17 October

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The Ace up Samsung's sleeve?

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 will go on sale next Friday, Samsung has announced.

The handset is just one of Samsung's devices to launch around Christmas. The Galaxy Note 4 hits the shelves tomorrow, while the Galaxy Alpha – Samsung's first with a metal frame – went on sale last month.

The Galaxy Ace 4 is decidedly more mid-range than these other two devices, however. It sports a 4.3-inch screen – tiny by today's standards – with a resolution of 800x400 pixels. Which isn't going to win any awards.

On the back is a 5-megapixel camera, while the front-facer is a VGA affair. So in terms of selfies, HTC's new Desire EYE doesn't have anything to fear.

It can record video in HD, either at 720p or 1080p at 30fps.

Software-wise, it's bang up to date, running Android 4.4.4 KitKat. And 4G is on board for superfast browsing. Both of which are nice additions to an otherwise slightly middle-of-the-road device.

There's not that much power under the bonnet, but it should be enough for basic tasks like emailing and playing games. 1GB of RAM buddies up with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor.

8GB of memory comes as standard, but it can take microSD cards up to 64GB too.

Spec-wise, it looks similar to the Motorola Moto G, though it's doubtful Samsung will be able to match that handset's low price. We'll find out next Friday, when it goes on sale through Samsung Experience Stores, and retailers including EE.

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