With Galaxy S4’s global launch just around the corner, you might think all of Samsung’s resources would be focused on making the “next big thing” at least as successful as its predecessor, the GS3. But Sammy just doesn’t swing that way, always paying attention to both its financially comfortable and slightly underprivileged customers.
If you’re part of that latter category, or you just don’t make it a point in buying super-fancy, ultra-expensive phones, you should rejoice right about now. That’s because the long rumored Galaxy Ace 3 is just about confirmed, most likely coming your way in late May or early June.
And while the Ace 3 will definitely not be a powerhouse, it seems to have what it takes to step things up a couple of notches compared with its forefather. Based on a GLBenchmark listing that we have every reason to trust, the phone also known as the GT-S7272 will come with on-board Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
That’s not exactly run-of-the-mill for the entry-level niche, being actually one level higher than even Galaxy S3’s current on-board software (Android 4.1.2). But will JB 4.2 run smoothly on the low-end Ace 3? Without a question.
Just look at the thing’s benchmark results and how they compare to last year’s Ace 2. Breath of fresh air, eh? Well, apparently that’s because the third-gen Ace will replace its predecessor’s NovaThor U8500 CPU with a processor from Broadcom.
This new chip should be a dual-core, clocked at 1 GHz, while the accompanying GPU will be a VideoCore IV HW unit previously used on the Galaxy S2 Plus.
The rest of Ace 3’s specs are a little harder to decipher, although the 800 x 480 pix res display seems a certainty. If I were a betting man (and I am), I’d predict the handheld will be a 4-incher, the rear cam a 5 MP unit, while the battery will pack 1,600 or even 1,700 mAh. Chances are there will be 1 gig of RAM beneath the hood, 4 GB of internal memory, microSD support, NFC and optional dual-SIM.
Based on earlier rumors, the starting price point should be set at around €300 in Europe, while a US release seems out of the question for now. Expect an official announcement in the following couple of weeks and be sure to pay us another visit soon to check the Galaxy Ace 3 out in flesh.