Yesterday, we relayed the latest spec rumours for something called the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, which follows in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Ace Plus and Galaxy Ace 2.
I remarked that, at 4in, the display size is the same as the Samsung Galaxy S (pictured); we’ve come full circle with what used to be flagship-level specs now being entry-level.
Note: the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 specs are of course provisional, and there are some discrepancies between the original Ace 3 rumours and the ones we heard yesterday.
In any case, let’s take a closer look at how the hypothetical Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 compares to the former flagship Galaxy S.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3: 4in (480 x 800, 233PPI) TFT-LCD
Samsung Galaxy S: 4in (480 x 800, 233PPI) Super AMOLED
As far as display size goes, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Samsung Galaxy S are identical. Flagship in 2010 is entry-level three years later.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3: dual-core 1GHz or 1.2GHz
Samsung Galaxy S: single-core 1GHz
The rumour mill can’t quite settle on the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3’s processor, but in any case, it looks like it’ll be more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S.
It was only two years ago that we were drooling over dual-core phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation. Nowadays, dual-core is the norm at the bottom(ish) of the ladder.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3: 1GB of RAM
Samsung Galaxy S: 512MB of RAM
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 will seemingly have twice the RAM of the Samsung Galaxy S, which will help when it comes to assigning operating system duties (more on this below!).
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3: 4GB
Samsung Galaxy S: 16GB
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3’s 4GB internal storage (presumably backed by microSD) screams: “Entry-level!”
The Samsung Galaxy S had microSD compatibility on top of the 16GB onboard storage.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3: 5MP rear, 0.3MP front
Samsung Galaxy S: 5MP rear, 0.3MP front
On paper at least, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Samsung Galaxy S offer much the same in terms of camera action.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3: 1,500mAh
Samsung Galaxy S: 1,500mAh
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3: Jelly Bean (Android 4.something)
Samsung Galaxy S: Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
“Value pack” aside, the Samsung Galaxy S was left behind on Gingerbread, as the world moved onto Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and beyond.
As for the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, its dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM will help power the Jelly Bean-flavoured show.
Yep, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Samsung Galaxy S ain’t that different. The former has less storage, but beefier internals in order to accommodate Jelly Bean.
What was once jaw dropping is now - dare I say - yawn inducing. Er, unless you're on the market for a budget handset.