Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview

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.


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.



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.



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.




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:

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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10 Comments

1. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

does amoled displays always look greenish?

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Actually they tend to have more of a bluish tint.

2. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

4. hritikbhimani

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 08, 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?

5. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

8. sagardesai93

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 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...

6. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

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

7. nicknice

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Is there an tv-out on him?

10. binxter

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 29, 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!

11. sid7777

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

Does the S advance have usb otg or tv out??
GALAXY S Advance
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.33h 3G talk time)

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