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Samsung Announces Galaxy Ace Plus Smartphone

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Samsung is to release an upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy Ace later this year

Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, an enhanced version of the Samsung Galaxy Ace smartphone (pictured) which it released last year.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered device promises fast applications and web browsing and is expected to be released in the UK later this year.

Ace phone

The new phone is supported by a 1 GHz processor, features 512MB of RAM as well as Wi-Fi and HSDPA 7.2Mbps connectivity. It also comes equipped with Samsung’s social hub, music hub and chatON services as well as software which allows users to view and edit Microsoft Office and PDF documents on the move.

The Galaxy Ace Plus boasts a 3.65 inch HVGA screen, a “simple yet elegant” design as well as 2GB of shared storage for multimedia content and 1GB of direct storage for applications, something which Samsung claims is more than any smartphone in its category.

Above all, the Korean manufacturer is emphasising the speed of the device, promising “lightning fast speeds” for web browsing, downloading content and streaming video while it also says that applications start up with virtually no lagtime, even when multi-tasking.

Samsung success

“Following the huge success of our Android devices last year including the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy S II, we’re aiming for the Galaxy Ace Plus to continue to enhance the strong Galaxy smartphone range we have built to date,” commented Samsung’s Simon Stanford.

Whilst we saw huge growth in smartphone ownership in 2011, this is set to increase even further this year with the smartphone experience made accessible to a wider audience through the availability of everything from pre-pay to premium devices,” he added.

Last year, the release of the Galaxy Ace helped Samsung overtake Apple as the world’s biggest smartphone maker, selling 27.8 million devices between July and September 2011, however it was one of the devices caught up in the myriad of legal disputes between Apple and Samsung and was one of a number of Samsung products to receive bans in Europe.

Samsung released a white version of its Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet hybrid in its native South Korea and it also put out a modified version of its Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N in an effort to circumvent bans placed on the sale of the device in countries such as Germany.