Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Hands-on Review
The Galaxy Ace was once one of the main weapons in Samsung's mid-range arsenal of Android smartphones, but it is time for it to make room for its successor. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 – a handset that is hiding something very special up its sleeve, but more on that later.
When it comes to design, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is nothing but your garden variety mid-range smartphone. Its looks are somewhat uninspiring and it feels quite plasticky when being held. However, we are quite happy to see that it sports an eye-pleasing display – a 3.8-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. At 246 pixels per inch, the level of detail that the display delivers is commendable, so we gladly give it a two thumbs up.
Remember that special something that we mentioned above? We were referring to the 800MHz dual-core processor that powers the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. Yes, it has a dual-core chip inside, which should result in a noticeable boost in performance, at least in theory. Sadly, the unit on display here at MWC 2012 had a live wallpaper running, which is probably why the device was slightly laggy. Besides, the Android build running on the device might very well be just an early version, so we will judge the smartphone's performance once we get our hands on a final unit. In case you are wondering, the camera on Ace 2's back is of 5 megapixels, and a front-facing VGA one has been thrown in for good measure.
In a nutshell, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has a boring design, but quite satisfactory hardware features for a mid-range Android smartphone. It is expected to launch in some parts of Europe by the end of April and will retail for about $265 off-contract. Expect our review around that time!