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Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review is now published - click here to read it.

Interface and functionality:

What runs on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread customized with the all-familiar TouchWiz 4.0 user interface. And besides a few minor visual tweaks, there is really nothing new to show off here. At this time, we have no word as to whether Samsung is planning on updating the Galaxy S Advance to Ice Cream Sandwich, and failure to do so would be a huge drawback for the smartphone. The 1GHz dual-core NovaThor chipset from ST-Ericsson along with 768 megabytes of RAM handles navigation effortlessly even though this here is just an unpolished prototype unit.

What runs on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is Android 2.3.6 customized with the all-familiar TouchWiz 4.0 - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
What runs on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is Android 2.3.6 customized with the all-familiar TouchWiz 4.0 - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
What runs on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is Android 2.3.6 customized with the all-familiar TouchWiz 4.0 - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
What runs on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is Android 2.3.6 customized with the all-familiar TouchWiz 4.0 - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview

What runs on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is Android 2.3.6 customized with the all-familiar TouchWiz 4.0


Given its 4 inches of display real estate, typing on the on-screen virtual keyboard is a bit tricky in portrait mode and typos can be common. Switching over to landscape mode, however, makes inputting those long emails and text messages much easier.

On-screen virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
On-screen virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview

On-screen virtual keyboard



Internet Browser:

In terms of features, the built-in internet browser on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance has all necessities covered - pinch to zoom, tap to zoom, text reflow, Adobe Flash support, you name it.

The built-in internet browser - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
The built-in internet browser - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
The built-in internet browser - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview

The built-in internet browser



Camera:

We took a few outdoor shots with the prototype Samsung Galaxy S Advance and its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, and the results were quite good under favorable conditions. When taken in broad daylight, photos look detailed and properly exposed. Indoor shots, on the other hand, lack fine detail and the LED flash messes up the white balance making the whole scene blueish. Of course, the quality of photos taken with a final unit might differ. When it comes to features, tap to focus is supported, and you have plenty of shooting modes and settings to experiment with.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview

Camera interface


Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Darkness - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview

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Medium

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples


The Samsung Galaxy S Advance can shoot video at 720p, and as the case is with still photos, footage looks good as long as the scene is well illuminated.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S Advance Indoor Sample Video:




Expectations:

Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview
Judging by this prototype unit that we got to play with, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is shaping up as a very promising device. It looks good, fits comfortably in the hand, and really didn't give us much to complain about. We believe that it would be a good pick for consumers looking for dual-core performance at a reasonable price. Speaking of pricing, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is currently available for pre-order. At $440, it is priced similarly to the Samsung Galaxy R and at about $70 more than the Samsung Galaxy S Plus. Shipping is expected to start by the end of February, and you can expect our full Review soon after.



Our Samsung Galaxy S Advance Review is now published - click here to read it.

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posted on 17 Feb 2012, 10:35 1

1. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 438; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


does amoled displays always look greenish?

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 13:01 1

3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Actually they tend to have more of a bluish tint.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:16 2

2. imkyle (Posts: 1020; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Considering this is a step below the Galaxy S II, I really like the curve design like the Nexus has.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 03:41

4. hritikbhimani (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


here in india....the galaxy r seems to b discontinued...none of the retailers even the online ones dont hav stock of it...so i think galaxy s advance is kinda replacement of it wid better display but less ram

btw @ nick ....hw does this new novathor chipset perfroms against likes of snapdragon n tegra 2s?

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 13:50

5. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I would choose the Galaxy S Advance over the Galaxy R anytime, that's because of the AMOLED display and judging from the sample pictures it has better camera quality.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 12:41

8. sagardesai93 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


@hritikbhimani did u get ans for snapdragon v/s tegra 2.....????

can u tell me which is better samsung galaxy r or upcoming advance... i want mainly for gaming...

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 02:06 3

6. Goldeneye (Posts: 358; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Is it just me or the Galaxy name is just way overused? I mean is it really hard to get a different name?

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 01:08

7. nicknice (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Is there an tv-out on him?

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 05:03

10. binxter (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


I have a Samsung phone that has DNSe 3d Sound technology and I love the way music sounds in it, seeing this and looking for answers on the net, I can't seem to find out if it has the same technology (or better?)
Can anyone shed light to this? Thanks!

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 05:46

11. sid7777 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)


Does the S advance have usb otg or tv out??

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Samsung GALAXY S Advance

Samsung GALAXY S Advance

OS: Android 4.1.2 2.3.6
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
768 MB RAM
Size4.85 x 2.48 x 0.38 inches
(123.2 x 63 x 9.69 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 15 hours talk time

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