Samsung has started rolling out its latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III beginning with users in Poland. The update is expected to be released gradually by markets and Malaysian users should be getting the update soon. Along with the OS update, Samsung has improved some of its Samsung specific features such as an improved Pop-up play, new Easy Mode and Blocking Mode.
Samsung has also released a full list of other devices that will be upgraded to Jelly Bean, which includes:
Galaxy S II
Galaxy S Advance
Galaxy S II LTE
Galaxy Ace 2
Galaxy Ace Plus
Galaxy Mini 2
Galaxy S Duos
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Galaxy Note 10.1
There’s no timeline for the above mention devices but hopefully they will get them soon within this year.
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If you’re not into the latest models, we’re seeing another RM200 price slash for its Galaxy S II and Galaxy S Advance. Now the Samsung Galaxy S II can be yours at RM1,499 while the S Advanced at only RM1,099.
The Galaxy S II is still a pretty good buy with its 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor (albeit running on TI OMAP4430 variety). The Galaxy S Advance runs on a lower dual-core 1.0GHz processor, 4.0″ Super AMOLED display with generous serving of 768MB RAM.
At the moment, we’re getting heaps of confirmation that both Galaxy S II (9100 & 9100G) are being upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So far no news on ICS available for the Galaxy S Advance.
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The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is now available from Maxis from as low as RM699. As usual, it comes bundled with Maxis postpaid plans of Value First (RM30) or Value Plus together with bundled data of either 1GB or 3GB monthly. You have a choice of 12 months, 18 months and 24 months contract duration.
The bundled price of the Galaxy S Advance below:
12 months contract (1GB data) – RM999
12 months contract (3GB data) – RM899
18 months contract (1GB data) – RM899
18 months contract (3GB data) – RM799
24 months contract (1GB data) – RM799
24 months contract (3GB data) – RM699
For more information, head over to Maxis Android page.
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The Samsung Galaxy S Advance that retails for RM1,299 is now available for contract bundling on Celcom. As usual, you have a choice of 3 plans with 12 and 18 months duration.
On the highest plan Celcom Exec 250, it goes as low as RM598 with 18 months contract. For those that want to commit less, it can be yours for RM978 with 12 months contract of Celcom Exec 50 with 1GB of data.
To recap on the specs, the Galaxy S Advance is dual-core 1GHz Android smart phone with a 4.0″ Super AMOLED display & 768MB of RAM. According to Celcom’s website, the S Advance comes with a 16GB built-in storage while the earlier press release from Samsung Malaysia mentions 8GB. Storage is also expandable via microSD.
For more information, head over to Celcom.
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The Galaxy S Advance comes with a slightly curved 4.0″ Super AMOLED screen that pushes 800×480 pixels resolution and a dual-core 1.0GHz processor with 768MB RAM. It comes with a 5MP main camera with assisted flash and a front facing 1.3MP camera. Although it looks like a mini Galaxy Nexus, the 5MP shooter is only capable of shooting 720p HD videos.
Juicing up the device is a 1,500mAh battery and internally the Galaxy S Advance runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The version that’s coming to Malaysia comes with 8GB of storage which is expandable via microSD up to 32GB.
This is probably the last model to be introduced before the unveiling of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy model next month, which we’re hoping is the Galaxy S III. If not, we might be seeing another stop gap model in the form of i9300 with a high density display.
While the higher-end models in the Samsung line-up like the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note supports HSPA+, the Galaxy S Advance only supports HSPA connectivity with download up to 14.4Mbps. In terms of dimensions, the Galaxy S Advance is 9.69mm thick and weighs 120g. As comparison, the roughly similar looking Galaxy Nexus has a thickness of 8.94mm and it weighs 135g.
You can see that the Galaxy S Advance sits just below the Galaxy Nexus in terms of features. Obviously you can expect the pricing to be lower as well. So how much will the Galaxy S Advance cost when it comes to Malaysia? We’re predicting that the device is very likely to retail for around RM1,400 or lower, possibly as low as RM1,200. In terms of availability the Galaxy S Advance could be coming to Malaysia as early as Q1 2012 and no later than Q2 thereabouts.
We will update you with more details when we get them. Till then, stay awesome!
Now full specs have been revealed as well. Just to recap, the Galaxy S Advance comes with a 4.0″ Super AMOLED display which supports 800×480 resolution and it is powered by a dual-core 1.0GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. For storage it comes with either 8GB or 16GB
or 32GB built-in which is expandable with microSD. For imaging, it comes with a 5MP camera with assisted LED at the back and a front facing 1.3MP camera.
While Samsung higher end models like the Galaxy S II and Note supports HSPA+, the Galaxy S Advance supports only HSPA up to 14.4Mbps download. At the moment it is running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with no mention of Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade at the moment. In terms of dimensions, the Galaxy S Advance is 9.69mm thick and weighs 120g. As comparison, the similar looking Galaxy Nexus has a thickness of 8.94mm and it weighs 135g. The bundled Lithium Ion battery is rated at 1,500mAh capacity.
According to Samsung’s press release, the Galaxy S Advance will be available February onward starting at Russia followed by the rest of the world including South East and South West Asia.
Head after the break for more official pics.
Just when you think Samsung has enough of phones to go around, a new Samsung Galaxy S Advance model has emerged. The Galaxy S Advance at first looks like another facelift of the Galaxy S. However looking into the details, it appears all new but with slightly lower spec than the current Galaxy S II.
It comes with a 4.0″ WVGA Super AMOLED display which is slightly curved like a Galaxy Nexus. Powering it is a dual-core 1GHz processor and it runs on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with TouchWiz UI. At the back, there’s a 5MP camera with video support up to 720p HD. Overall, it sure does look like a trimmed down version of the Galaxy Nexus.
With MWC coming up next month, Samsung is likely to reveal this during the event. No mention on availability but if it does come to Malaysia, it is likely to be priced somewhere between the Galaxy S Plus and Galaxy S II. According to the source in the Philippines, it is expected to be priced at PHP22,900 which is about RM1622.
One more pic and some videos after the break.