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Samsung GALAXY S Advance

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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

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


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


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

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

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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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.



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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
0.75 GB 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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