Samsung has just launched the Galaxy Ace Plus, a new edition of the popular mid-range Ace Android phone - now with a bit more spec power. It's expected to launch at a similar price to the original Ace, under £200 SIM-free.
At review, we thought the Galaxy Ace was accomplished, but nothing to get excited about. The Ace Plus is no revolution, but it offers the extras we missed from the original. A 1GHz single-core processor replaces the previous 800MHz model, the 3.5in screen has been bumped up to 3.65in and RAM is now 512MB. This pushes the Galaxy Ace Plus up to a level of processing power comparable with top-end Androids of mid-2010, such as the HTC Desire and original Samsung Galaxy S.
There's just one element that stops us from pegging the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus as a potential budget leader for 2012 - the 320 x 480 pixel screen. This gives the phone just 158dpi pixel density, significantly lower than the ageing, cheaper Orange San Francisco. We'll take a closer look at how the loss of clarity affects the handset at review.
The original Ace. Different, but not that different
Other specs of the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus include a 5-megapixel camera, LED flash, Android 2.3 OS, 3GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. Like almost all of Samsung's Android phones, it uses the TouchWiz user interface, providing its own icon dock and selection of widgets. The look of the phone is also classic Samsung, very similar to that of the original Samsung Galaxy Ace and Galaxy S.
A concrete UK release date for the Ace Plus has not yet been revealed, but rest assured we'll be back with the full verdict as soon as possible.