Samsung announces the Galaxy Ace Plus, now with a bigger screen

When the Samsung Galaxy Ace came out last year, we thought it was the best Android phone you can have in its price range. Eventually, other phone came in that are cheaper and has better specs than the Ace. Now Samsung announced the upgrade of the iPhone-looking Ace, the Galaxy Ace Plus.

The Galaxy Ace Plus has a slightly larger screen than its predecessor. From 3.5-inch, it’s now 3.65-inch, closer to the Galaxy W’s 3.7-inch display. However, Samsung decided to use the same HVGA 320 x 480 resolution so if display is very important to you, go with the Galaxy W’s 480 x 800 resolution.

They also bumped the processor from 800MHz to 1GHz. Total internal storage is now 3GB where 2GB of shared storage capacity is for multimedia content and up to 1GB of direct storage for applications. Quite impressive for an entry-to-mid-range level Android phone. It also seems to have a slimmer shell than the original and the textured back panel has been replaced with a smoother finish.

Other features are the same: 5-megapixel camera, Android Gingerbread OS, and HSDPA 7.2 Mbps. The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus will come out soon, within this month. We don’t have a price yet but I’m guessing it’s going to be on the 14k range, the same price when the first Galaxy Ace arrived.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the price is starting to look like it might fall around the P16k to 17k range which overlaps the Galaxy W’s price point.

[Samsung]

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500 Specs:
1GHz processor
Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
3.65 inches touchscreen display (320 x 480 pixels, 16M colors)
TouchWiz v3.0 UI
3 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, microSD, up to 32GB, 2GB included
HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
GPS with A-GPS support
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1300 mAh
114.5 x 62.5 x 11.2 mm
115 g
SRP: TBA

  • JmBalicano

    Kind of disappointed by the looks. Looks more like a grown up version of the Galaxy Y. Incremental spec boost everywhere all the way up to the screen. Can’t justify a 14k price tag, but that’s probably right where it’ll start.

    • gido

      The Galaxy Y is a smaller version of the original Galaxy Ace. 1Ghz gingerbread might not even sell at 10k

  • freddie

    I really like Samsung’s Galaxy line -up, but the exclusivity of the ICS upgrade is a bit of a turn-off. Not all galaxy phones would be getting the ICS upgrade although I guess Samsung has valid and logical reasons for this.

    • http://www.calvinshub.com Calvin

      it’s the spec requirement of ICS that’s preventing all galaxy phones to get the update.

  • kk

    drop the price and add a duos model. that’ll probably sell like hotcakes.

  • StratoSpHere

    Konti na lang i-add ko, meron na kong LG Optimus Black. Ganda pa screen resolution..

    • JmBalicano

      And Froyo!

  • Edsar

    Bakit ko naman bibilhin eto kung hindi magkakaroon ng ICS why not buy SE xperia line up 2011 mas maganda specs kesa dyan and may upgrade na naka promised kahit 8-10k range hindi ko rin bibilhin eto what more kung 12-15k range.

  • Ed

    Calvin,

    How about yung video quality, inupgrade/inimprove din ba?

    • http://calvinshub.com Calvin

      can’t really say until we get to see sample photos/videos. no word dun sa press release eh.

  • John G

    Ok sana if only for the low screen resolution. The Galaxy W is way better than this, so it should be priced at around 12k.

  • Rei

    Akala ko may bagong naming scheme ang Samsung para hindi nakakalito sa buyers (namely S, R, W, M, and Y)? Mas nakakadagdag lang sa confusion ang model na ito IMO.

    Mas malaki nga ang screen pero HVGA lang ang resolution. Dangerously close pa yung price nya sa Galaxy W (which by all means is a better phone and the rightful/logical upgrade to the original Galaxy Ace). Malamang hindi ito magkakaroon ng update to Android ICS. At higit sa lahat, mukhang iPhone 3GS!

    • R2

      iphone 3GS look alike nga, malamang ma-lawsuit na naman sila ng Apple.hehe