A week before the Mobile World Congress 2012 kicks off, the Korean firm Samsung has decided to officially present some of the interesting news that we will see during the next year. Today the owner of the Samsung Galaxy S2 has unveiled two essential phones in the Samsung catalog . We refer to the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 , direct successors of these original terminals, best sellers in the European and Spanish markets. And it is that without becoming very high-end smartphones, the Galaxy Ace and Mini have allowed manyStill inexperienced users approach the world of smart mobile telephony. In this way, they have been able to connect to the Internet via mobile, check their email and even share content on their favorite social networks . Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy Ace and Mini have served to popularize access to high-altitude technologies through mobile phones. But what does the new Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 bring us again ? In this article we will analyze in detail all the features of this new device.
And is that the new Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 brings with it multiple improvements that materialize on the screen of the device, but also in the edition of its operating system, in connectivity and even in the camera system. In this sense, the Samsung company has bet heavily on a phone that will most likely soon become a best seller . And it is that the vast majority of users still prefer simple terminals , even if they have a generously sized touch screen or incorporate ample Internet access. In this case, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 It is a good alternative for this class of users, who, as we said, are still a large mass in the great pie of mobile phone sales.
Design and display
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 follows in the wake of the design of the original Samsung Galaxy Ace . In fact, its external appearance reminds us a lot of the old one, even in the buttons located at the bottom. Unlike the higher models, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is shown with rounded edges and a much more compact and practical appearance . It is one of the characteristics that makes it a mobile phone made for all audiences, and more importantly, for those who are looking for a mobile phone to carry around without suffering for its integrity. In this sense, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 points to measures of 118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 millimeters and aweight of 122 grams . For practical purposes it is quite identical to the Samsung Galaxy Ace , although it gains a few grams in weight, which is normal considering that the phone extends a bit on the sides, incorporates more features and even increases the size of the screen. In principle, Samsung has only shown a black edition , but most likely a white version will also appear , in line with the most current fashions. In fact, for a while now all Samsung phones have a white replica .
Speaking of the screen, we have to point out that the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 incorporates a 3.8-inch capacitive multi-touch TFT panel that contrasts with the previous one, 3.5 inches . The difference is smaller, but the resolution increases to 480 x 800 pixels, which is not bad for a terminal of these characteristics. It has a depth of 16 million colors and does not have any accessories such as Corning Gorilla glasses , nor any layer of protection to protect a part as sensitive as the screen. When we mention these types of benefits it is because we are talking about a higher-end smartphone, so that here we cannot do anything else but discard them.
It is clear that for the occasion, Samsung had to provide the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 with the best connectivity features, as it already did at the time with the original Samsung Galaxy Ace . In this case, the phone operates on GSMA 850/900/1800/1900 and HSDPA 900/2100 networks . Customers who choose a phone like this will be able to connect without any problem to 3G networks , or what is the same, to broadband Internet to download content, check email or post photos and updates on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter without having to wait too long. In turn, the Galaxy Ace 2It also offers connectivity through Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n networks , which allows any user to enjoy the wireless networks of our home, hotel or university where we study. As if this were not enough, the phone also incorporates Wi-Fi Direct (a system for transferring files from device to device) and Wi-Fi Hotspot (so that other users can connect to your 3G network through Wi-Fi tethering ). But this is not all, because the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 aims Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP (the old Galaxy Ace had Bluetooth 2.1) , DLNA and GPS with A-GPS support, offering us the possibility of using the device as if it were a real dedicated GPS navigator .
And now we go for the external connections. Like the vast majority of advanced Samsung terminals , the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has a microUSB 2.0 input that is used to connect the device to the computer. In this way, we can synchronize content, download applications and operating system updates or even charge the battery, even if it is through a slower process . On the other hand, the device incorporates a microSD card slot that will be useful as long as we want to expand the memory of the phone up to 32 GB . Finally, you have to point out a classic3.5 mm headphone output , located especially on one edge of the phone for those who want to listen to music in silence or connect small speakers to share a sound experience in privacy.
Photographic and multimedia camera
The truth is that if we compare the camera of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 with that of some high-end terminals, it is possible that on some occasion the device of the Korean will win. And we say it according to some examples that we have seen recently. The fact is that this phone has a camera with five megapixel sensor that will allow us to take snapshots of very good quality, particularly of 2,592 x 1,944 pixels . To this we must add any additional features that can help us and in this case we are in luck, because the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has an LED flash, which will be very useful when obtaining correct images in unfavorable lighting situations or even at night. In addition, you have to have autofocus, geotagging and face and smile detector as added accessories and the sea of interesting for a phone of these characteristics. Finally, the recording potential will be increased, since the device is capable of obtaining videos in high definition (720p) and at 30 frames per second . As if this were not enough, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 aims a secondary VGA camera that will be very useful when making video calls.
In the multimedia section, the phone perfectly fulfills everything we would ask of a terminal of these characteristics. In this way, we can say that the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is capable of playing music, video and photos in the most used formats. The Samsung company mentions the following: MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, WAV, AAC and AAC +, MP4, WAV, eAAC + and FLAC . With this phone the user can record voice and support any program, application or multimedia files that require JAVA support and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 . Users who wish to can also connect to FM Radio with RDS . You should know, on the other hand, that you can also connect to allfree Google services that support online multimedia content and other services such as Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, and Picasa .
Memory and operating system
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has seen increased - considerably - its internal memory. So much so, that the current device has 4 GB of user memory (unlike the Samsung Galaxy Ace , which barely had 160 MB ). Like the old one, in addition, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 can also see its memory expanded through microSD memory cards of up to 32 GB , thanks to the slot that you will find on one of the sides of the phone . Finally, you should know that the terminal also has 768 MB of RAM .
And we go for the processor, the true heart of the device. In this case, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 doubles the features of the previous one, integrating a dual-core processor that works at 800 Mhz . It changes another important aspect: the version of the operating system. In this case, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 comes equipped with Android 2.3 or Gingerbread , one of the latest versions that Google has presented for Android . Although it is very likely that it will not be able to be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich , it is expected that Samsungincorporate the necessary updates to improve and extend some terminal capabilities. Finally, it should be noted that the user will have direct access to the Android Market , the application market that Google has on the Internet and that offers the user access to more than 400,000 applications , both free and paid . How could it be otherwise, the device will also offer a direct connection to the main Google services , most of them free.
Autonomy and availability
And we are going to the last section of this in-depth analysis: autonomy and availability. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 incorporates a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1,500 milliamps , higher than that of the original Samsung Galaxy Ace, of 1,350 . In this sense, it must be said that Samsung has not yet published the autonomy times that it can offer for the device, so we will have to wait to obtain this data from the company itself. It is, as you know, a measurement carried out through a standard system that does not always guarantee to be faithful to real uses. The most advisable thing is, without a doubt, to carry out the tests on the real uses to obtain truly reliable data.
Regarding availability , the Korean has not offered precise data on the distribution of this terminal in Europe , and therefore in Spain . It is expected that we can see the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 at the Mobile World Congress 2012 to be held in a few days in Barcelona and that there will be revealed exact details about the arrival of the device, the price and availability in free format and even through the main operators in our country. We will be there to tell you everything in detail.
|Weight and measurements||118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm|
|Memory||4 GB internal memory|
Expandable with microSD cards up to 32 GB
768 MB of RAM
|screen||Capacitive multi-touch TFT|
3.8 inches (480 × 800 pixels)
16 million colors
|Camera||5 Megapixel sensor|
2,592 x 1,944 pixels
Geotagging, face and smile detector
Records 720p @ 30fps video
VGA secondary camera
|Multimedia||Play music, video and photos|
Supported formats: MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, WAV, ACC, ACC +
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support
|Controls and connections||Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system|
Menu / Home / Back / Search key
800Mhz dual-core processor
Integrated GPS with A-GPS support
3.5mm headphone output
MicroSD card slot
3G (HSDPA 14.4 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
Predictive text: Swype
|Autonomy||Conversation: Not available|
On hold: Not available
1,500 milliamp battery