Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Android phone (preview)
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 preview: The Galaxy Ace 2 comes with a more powerful processor and a better screen
- Improved screen
- More memory and bigger battery
- Dual-core processor
- No Ice Cream Sandwich software
- No Australian release details
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is the successor to the original Galaxy Ace. It improves on the original thanks to a better screen with a higher resolution, more internal memory and a bigger battery. The fact it comes without Ice Cream Sandwich software, however, is disappointing.
Samsung's rumoured Galaxy S III Android phone is likely to steal most of the headlines this year but the company continues to expand its entire Galaxy range — even its budget models. The Galaxy Ace 2 is the successor to the original Galaxy Ace and comes with a more powerful processor and a better screen.
Mobile technology is moving so quickly that many smartphones are superseeded not long after they hit the shelves. The original Samsung Galaxy Ace was only launched by Telstra in June last year — just eight months later it already has a successor. To be fair the Galaxy Ace 2 is unlikely to hit Australian shelves for another few months, but it still highlights how quickly mobile technology is moving.
Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 aims to bring all the features and functions of Android to a compact handset at an affordable price. The Galaxy Ace 2 offers a number improvements over the original. It has a larger 3.8in screen (up from 3.5in) and uses a PLS TFT panel instead of the regular TFT screen of its predecessor. Samsung says this will result in better viewing angles and a brighter image. Resolution is up too: from a paltry 320x480 to a far more respectable 480x800.
The Galaxy Ace 2 has 4GB of internal memory (up from just 158MB) and is now powered by a dual-core 800MHz processor (up from a single-core chip). A more powerful processor and a bigger screen will naturally result in an impact on battery life, so the Galaxy Ace 2 also gets a slightly bigger 1500mAh battery (up from 1350mAh). There's also a front facing VGA camera for video calls, a feature not found on the original Galaxy Ace.
Disappointingly, the Galaxy Ace 2 will ship with the 2.3 "Gingerbread" version of Google's Android operating system and not the current 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" version. Given Ice Cream Sandwich was unveiled late last year, it's frustrating to see new phones announced that aren't utilising the latest software. When you consider the Galaxy Ace 2's position as a budget handset, it's probable (though not impossible) it may never be upgraded to Android 4.0.
A likely reason for the ICS delay is Samsung's insistence on pre-loaded software hubs: Music Hub, Game Hub and Social Hub. To be fair, Samsung's Music Hub — a subscription based music service that costs $9.99 per month, $54.99 for six months or $99.99 for 12 months in Australia — is a nice inclusion on a low-end phone but the other hubs are unlikely to add much value.
Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 only utilises the 900MHz and 2100MHz 3G network bands, so it won't work on Telstra's 850MHz Next G network. Samsung could produce a model to work on Telstra's network but for now, the Galaxy Ace 2 will be of particular interest to Optus and Vodafone.
Samsung hasn't announced if or when the Galaxy Ace 2 will be released in Australia.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Lexar® Portable SSD
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Acer Swift 7
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Huawei Mate 9
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Surface Pro 4
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Lenovo to integrate Amazon Alexa in Moto smartphones
- HMD's new Nokia 3310 turns back the clock -- and turns heads
- Huawei showcases new phones in Barcelona, gets mobbed by eager crowds
- Nostalgia rules as classic phone brands come alive at MWC
- Huawei's P10 camera-phone comes in more colors than the rainbow
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCUnix AdministratorNSW
- CCWindows System EngineerNSW
- FTSalesforce AdministratorQLD
- FTSenior Java Developers (Several positions available)QLD
- CCSenior Project Manager - ApplicationsNSW
- CCSenior Networks Specialist - DNS PlatformVIC
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)NSW
- CCSalesforce - Functional Analyst (BA)NSW
- CCUnix AdministratorNSW
- FTApplication Support Analyst/DeveloperNSW
- TPUI/UX ConsultantWA
- CCCloud Solution Architect - Financial Services - Continuous IntegrationNSW
- CCNetwork Specialist - IPAM TelcoVIC
- TPSenior Test AnalystQLD
- FTApplication Support SpecialistNSW
- TPChange and Communications CoordinatorQLD
- CCSenior Technical Consultant - MicrosoftACT
- CCSenior Project Manager - Regulatory/Compliance - BankingNSW
- FTTelecommunications Services Manager - Voice/Data/UCQLD
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerVIC
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- CCTest Planner - Infrastructure/Data CentreACT
- FTITIL Service ManagerVIC
- FTLevel 2 Technical Support OfficerQLD
- TPSpatial Science OfficerQLD