Samsung announces spectacularly average Galaxy Ace Plus

Samsung announces spectacularly average Galaxy Ace PlusWe're all hyped up by the possibility of the Samsung Galaxy SIII touching down in the near future, but in the meantime Sammy's reminded us that the Galaxy's a big old place by announcing the everyman Galaxy Ace Plus.

In case there was any doubt it's the replacement for the mass-market Galaxy Ace, and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a bigger 3.65in touchscreen and a speedier 1GHz processor.

The original Galaxy Ace delivered mid-range Android performance in plenty of moderation when it touched down in the first half of last year, and its replacement seems determined to keep the boat very much unrocked on the spec front – perhaps that would have involved calling it the Galaxy Ace S or something...

Anyway, the processor goes from 800MHz to 1GHz, though even low-end Nokias these days manage that, while the 3.65in screen maintains the limited 320 x 480 resolution of its 3.5in predecessor, which of course means a drop in actual real-world screen quality.

The rest makes for slightly better reading, from the 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash to the 512MB of RAM, 3GB of on-board storage, and Bluetooth 3.0. As we've mentioned, it's Android 2.3 Gingerbread doing the OS business, complete with Samsung's own TouchWiz goodness layered on top.

Nothing yet on the UK launch specifics for the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – it's set to launch in Russia later this month, before making its way to other territories in the months to come.

Still, it'll be affordable and largely unoffensive, and we can't really take issue with that. Just don't ask when it'll be getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

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matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 3, 2012 at 20:57

An HTC Desire sized screen with two and a half times less pixels...well that'll look lovely won't it, Samsung?

jmarcelino  Jan. 3, 2012 at 22:15

Now where have I seen a similar phone... ummm

http://www-bgr-com.vimg.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/GALAXY-Ace-Plus.jpg

Maybe here:

http://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/iphone-3g.png

"Building on the previous GALAXY Ace style heritage, the GALAXY Ace Plus is a stylishly designed smartphone contained in a modern and minimalist casing with rounded edges"

OK Samsung that's just taking the p*** now.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 3, 2012 at 22:21

As the kids would say:

LOL @ Apple gettin' trooooolllleeed hard by Samsung :D.

blizzard7  Jan. 3, 2012 at 22:23

Haters gonna hate :p

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 3, 2012 at 22:34

I asked my daughter if she could do me a favour and play spot the difference between two phones. She looked at me quizzically, but said yes. Here's the outcome from a 13 year old girl's perspective (her interest in technology is about as great as my interest in owning an iMac :p), she pointed out differences whilst I drew on the lines, it took her about 2 mins to spot all of these.

I thought this was about as unbiased as a test can possibly be.


http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/7683/iphonevsaceplus.png

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 3, 2012 at 22:39

Now, back to my views. If Samsung did this deliberately, that's hilarious and I approve their poking of Apple with a proverbial sharp stick.

As for it looking "too much like an iPhone", you can't patent "black and shiny"...well you probably can in the US actually....

jmarcelino  Jan. 3, 2012 at 23:20

Actually you can patent designs anywhere in the world Matt. Why do you think you can't buy other colas in bottles similar to Coca-Cola's original?

More on topic here's the European design patent (called community design) for the Nexus One for example:
http://esearch.oami.europa.eu/copla/design/data/001635434-0005

There's also a lot more than black and shiny going on those two images, but your selective vision skills do not surprise me.

borkulator  Jan. 3, 2012 at 23:40

Trolllolol

trolololol1  Jan. 3, 2012 at 23:41

Enjoy

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 3, 2012 at 23:50

Did I mention not being able to patent design? I specifically said you can't patent black and shiny. Like Coke can't patent see through shiny bottles. I'm fully aware of how the patent system works here, being part of my job and all. As for my selective vision skills, Apple didn't seem to bother suing over the back of the HP TouchPad...that's more similar to the back of an iPhone than that Samsung. It is a tablet though so maybe that's why, though Apple's desire to sue everything that'll stand still for long enough probably wouldn't be deterred by that.

borkulator  Jan. 3, 2012 at 23:54

I agree with matt... just bc it looks like an iPhone, I don't think anyone is reasonably going to get them confused!

borkulator  Jan. 3, 2012 at 23:55

And another thing... Apple is just suing them because they can. Nuff said.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 4, 2012 at 00:01

As proved by asking my daughter to spot the differences, she didn't get them confused for one second. Therefore no adult consumer considering purchasing either of the two devices would get them confused. Probable lawsuit solved.

blizzard7  Jan. 4, 2012 at 00:12

I think I'm going to patent an LCD Television that has a screen in the middle, a black glossy bezel around the screen and a button which turns it on and off on the side. I'll be rich! Mwahahaha, so long suckers! *runs to patent office*

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 4, 2012 at 01:36

Sod that, I'm patenting my name. There were 4 Matts in my class at primary school...I'll be richer haha :p!!

jmarcelino  Jan. 4, 2012 at 01:46

I'm fully aware of how the patent system works here, being part of my job and all.

Insert barista joke here.

As proved by asking my daughter to spot the differences, she didn't get them confused for one second.

You get your daughter to do your job too? :)

blizzard7  Jan. 4, 2012 at 11:59

Lol Matt :p

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