Legacies aren’t built overnight. It takes time, effort and the ability to take a step back to really see what’s working or what isn’t. You can see this in all great legacies in life.
In the smartphone world, however, few demonstrate this better than Samsung’s Galaxy S line. We take a look at what Samsung has done over the past 7 years to build this incredible legacy for themselves.
Samsung’s Galaxy S series has been having amazing success since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S in 2010. Now, five years later we have its 6th iteration, coming a long way from the original 4-inch smartphone when it was originally made as a direct competitor against the iPhone.
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 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.
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.
Samsung is expected to roll out an update to existing Samsung Galaxy S users which brings ICS like features on Android 2.3. One of the new features is Face Unlock as leaked earlier on.
While Face Unlock isn’t something new for those who have been using Galaxy Nexus, Samsung has added some extra security measures by incorporating blink detection. Earlier on, we managed to fool the standard Galaxy Nexus Face Unlock with just a digital photo of a face shown from the Galaxy Note. Looks like Samsung was able to solve this security loophole way before Google.
It is also very likely that Samsung will include this improved Face Unlock on the rest of their Galaxy Android smart phones as well. Hopefully the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note units in Malaysia will get it soon with ICS.
4.0-inch Super AMOLED display with 800×480 pixel resolution
5MP rear camera with 720p video recording, 1.3MP front camera – same numbers as the Galaxy Nexus, possibly same hardware as well.
1GHz dual-core processor with 768MB RAM
8GB/16GB Internal Storage
MicroSD card slot (Up to 32GB)
1,500mAh Lit-Ion Battery
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
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.
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.
While the original Galaxy S users are still uncertain of Samsung’s decision on official Ice Cream Sandwich update, their software team has already started working on an update. According to the source, the Galaxy S firmware was dated 29th December which is quite recent.
Sammobile managed to grab hold of a leaked firmware which appears to be Android 2.3.6 update with several new enhancements. This is likely to be the value pack which was mentioned earlier on.
It offers Face Unlock, an updated Lockscreen from the Galaxy Note , a Photo Editor from Galaxy S II, faster auto-rotate response and ability to take photos while recording a video. Overall, this is no Ice Cream Sandwich OS but it brings the latest features of the Galaxy Note/Nexus to the original Galaxy S.
To download, head over to XDA Forums for the full details. Do note that this is not an official release endorsed by Samsung so flashing your firmware with this version is at your own risk.
Some are saying that Samsung will be releasing Value Packs as mere enhanced Android 2.3 Gingerbread update while XDA reported that it might be Ice Cream Sandwich with lite-version of TouchWiz.
Now it seems that the Galaxy S will not be getting anything at all according to the latest update by TNW, citing that hardware limitation that’s optimised for Gingerbread experience. There’s no mention of Galaxy Tab but it is likely to face the same fate as well. Is this the end of it? Or will we see another U-turn reaction again?
After getting lots of flak for abandoning its previous star models, Samsung seems to be making a U-turn on its decision and is reconsidering them for its OS upgrade exercise. We all know that it is not impossible for the Galaxy S since its similar Nexus S model is able to run Ice Cream Sandwich perfectly.
On the memory limitation, perhaps Samsung would need to scale back on some of its TouchWiz custom skin in order to maintain a fluid user experience. As usual, no datelines were given but probably will come after the first wave of ICS update which is happening in Q1 2012.