There was a brief period when some of the most well established mobile phone manufacturers appeared to have become a little insignificant when compared to the all conquering iPhone, luckily in the past 18 months manufacturers such as Samsung have released a number of top notch handsets to challenge the iPhone for supremacy.
The Samsung Galaxy S II may not be quite cutting edge any more but many consider it to still be one of the finest phones on the market, the rest of Samsung’s range has taken a number of design cues from the Galaxy S II and use the same TouchWiz interface meaning even if you can’t afford a high-end device you can still get the authentic Samsung experience.
The newly announced Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2 offer two new options for those one the lookout for a new Android handset. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has a good sized 3.8 inch screen running at 800×480, which should look fine since the screen isn’t too large. It also features a 5 megapixel rear camera with a flash and a front-facing VGA camera for video calling.
The Galaxy Ace 2 may only have 4GB of internal memory (though that’s still more than some high-end handsets such as the HTC Sensation) but the addition of a microSD slot means an extra 32GB can be added. The Galaxy Ace 2 only has an 800Mhz processor but it is dual-core so it shouldn’t be too slow (providing you’re not comparing it to some of the recently announced quad-core Android handsets). Other specs include 768MB of ram, Wi-Fi, GPS and an additional NFC enabled version of the phone.
The Galaxy Mini 2 has a slightly smaller 3.72 inch screen running at only 480×320 which is pretty much standard for lower-end Android handsets. the Galaxy Mini 2 has a 3 megapixel camera with no flash but has the same 4GB of internal memory as the Galaxy Ace 2. A single core 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM make it obvious this will have much lower performance than the Galaxy Ace 2 and again there will be an NFC enabled version.
Both these phones are a couple of months away from release with April their expected arrival date. No prices have been revealed but the Galaxy Ace 2 will probably be an affordable mid-range handset while the Galaxy Mini 2 is sure to be a low-end handset with a lower price tag to match.