Samsung refreshes Galaxy Smartphone

Samsung refreshes Galaxy Smartphone

The sleek, curved model has a 4-inch display and runs Gingerbread, but when the Galaxy S Advance hits Australia is uncertain

Samsung has pulled the wraps off another slick-looking smartphone.

While the model's name doesn't quite trip off the tongue - the Galaxy S Advance - it does have some tantalising features like a four-inch AMOLED display with 480 by 800 resolution and 1 GHz dual core processor.

According to Samsung, the processor in the new Galaxy model launches applications faster, offers smoother screen transitions, processes images more rapidly, and enhances uploading, downloading and browsing performance.

In addition to supporting HSPA and EDGE/GPRS, the svelte unit -- its dimensions are 123.2 by 63 by 9.69 mm and weight is 120 grams -- has a curved body that makes it more comfortable when pressed against the side of a face.

As has become de rigueur for any smartphone these days, the new Galaxy model has front- (1.3 megapixels) and back- (5 megapixels) facing cameras. The back-facing autofocus camera with LED flash can capture 720p video at 30 frames per second and supports a variety of formats including MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX and VC-1.

The unit runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Samsung has pledged to start upgrading its Galaxy lines to the latest version of Android, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) early this year, but apparently not early enough for this latest Galaxy offering, which will be launched in Russia in February and rolled out to the rest of the world - excluding North America - gradually after that.

No dates or carriers have been announced for Australia.

Samsung isn't the only laggard when it comes to adopting the newest version of Android. Distribution numbers released by Google earlier this month showed that less than one per cent of Android devices are running Ice Cream Sandwich.

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