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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
Introduction:

The reason you should be very interested in the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is that it could turn out to be one of the best value-for-money Android offers this season.

While the original Ace was a very decent phone for its bucks last year, the Ace 2 is quite on the way to cover that ground this year as well. It has a decent size screen with good resolution, slightly underclocked yet dual-core processor, and 5MP cam with flash plus a front-facing camera.

Indeed you can't ask for much more from what will likely be a lower mid-range Android device this year. We  ran a prototype unit of the phone through its paces, so read on our preview for the initial impressions...


Design:

Nothing out of the ordinary can be said about the design. It is made with the usual for Samsung black plastic, with slightly patterned tapered back, and rounded corners.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The phone lies well in the hand, and is not overly thick or heavy. The power/lock button is comfortably placed on the right, directly under your thumb, facilitating one-handed operation.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 lies well in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 lies well in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 lies well in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 lies well in the hand


This button, along with the volume rocker on the left, and the physical home key are easy to feel and with good feedback.

Volume key and microSD card slot (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

Volume key and microSD card slot (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

Power key (right)

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2


Back - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment



Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
Display:

The 3.8” PLS LCD display on the Samsung Ace 2 is of above average quality for the phone's category. The colors are vibrant, it is bright enough for use in sunlight, and sports very good viewing angles. The  480x800 pixels resolution here translates to 246ppi pixel density, which is also above average, and you'd be hard pressed to call any interface elements jaded or pixelated.


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posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:44

1. mercorp (Posts: 954; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Love it.I want it to replace my buggy Galaxy R.
The screen is always unresponsive,and I just sended it in for repair.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:42 1

2. kshell1 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Good for a budget phone thats for sure, Almost as some of last years top ends

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 09:27 1

3. JBz007 (Posts: 62; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


This looks almost identical to the "Alleged Samsung Galaxy S3" that was posted on here today. Just not as stretched. Very interesting...

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:26

4. Filly (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


My next phone! In Europe u can buy this starting from just 260€ !
@Phonearena: In the Pictures and in the Video it seams that the Brightness of the Display isn't that high. Can u confirm this?

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 07:26

11. Daniel.P (Posts: 97; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


It's good enough, but we previewed a prototype unit and had to turn up the brightness with the Android control widget instead of Settings, so we'll have more on brightness in the final review :-)

posted on 01 May 2012, 06:15

12. Filly (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Thank you very much

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:41

5. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I will still prefer s.e neo v,design is better than ace 2 and best value for money and +point neo will get ics very soon;-)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 11:03

6. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I will still prefer s.e neo v,design is better than ace 2 and best value for money and +point neo will get ics very soon;-)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 11:19 1

7. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I will still prefer s.e neo v,design is better than ace 2 and best value for money and +point neo will get ics very soon;-)

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 08:44

8. ultras (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


does it have gorilla glass ?

posted on 07 May 2012, 02:01

14. madrl (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 May 2012)


madrl
What about Gorilla Glass or other protection of the screen?
It is omission or intension from the producer?
Thanks for reply LM

posted on 19 May 2012, 14:44

15. jakes2312 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 May 2012)


when does this fun come out in the usa and how much will it cost?

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 01:55

16. DebaterX (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


PhoneArena, can you please run the other benchmarks like Linpack, nenamark2, pi, sunspider, browsermark, etc as well. This will help us readers a bit more in deciding between this and other midrange dual core phones.

Nice preview BTW. Eagerly waiting for the review.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 07:15

18. b0g23 (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 May 2012)


hy for a full test and more of this model check this link:
http://markhenderson.ws/blog/phones/galaxy-ace-2-gt-i8160-benchmark-comparison-passmark-nenamark-quadrant-linpack-browsermark.html

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 13:15 1

17. Vrils (Posts: 29; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


i`ve seen it in store, it`s 10-15 euro more than Xperia U
even if Xperia U looks better, at that price i have to go for Samsung

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 07:19

19. b0g23 (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 May 2012)


yes this is true, but the new models of sony has problems with battery life, they are very hungry :D

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 04:48

20. rento113 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)


Ace 2 ITS awesome phone!!!

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:18

21. b0g23 (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 May 2012)


Daniel.P from phonearena, when do you make an review at this model?

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Samsung GALAXY Ace 2

Samsung GALAXY Ace 2

OS: Android 4.1.2 2.3.6
view full specs
Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) Super PLS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 800 MHz
768 MB RAM
Size4.66 x 2.45 x 0.41 inches
(118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 16.33 hours talk time

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