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Samsung Galaxy S Advance – is it worth it?

Unveiled back in January, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance – an upgrade to the original Galaxy S – has been given a UK release date and price.

The release of this device is in keeping with Samsung’s new-found love for throwing as many products at the market as it possibly can.

We’re set to get a number of new tablets from the South Korean manufacturer this year, including the new Galaxy Tab devices and the Galaxy Note 10.1.

And it seems that Samsung is continuing its ‘run it up the flagpole and see who salutes’ attitude in the smartphone market too.

We’re still waiting for news on the much-anticipated Galaxy S3 – Samsung’s flagship device for this year. But until then, Samsung is giving us a couple of mid to low-end devices to keep us happy.

One of those is the Samsung Galaxy S Advance – a smartphone that is better than the original Galaxy S but not as good as the S2. So is there any point to this release?

Samsung Galaxy S Advance specs

Before you dismiss the S Advance out-of-hand, it has been given a fair bit of power compared to the original.

Featuring a decent dual-core 1GHz processor, the S Advances is not to be sniffed at. But it’s got nothing on the S2 or Nexus.

Many of the other specs are kept the same as the S, such as the 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 5MP camera and 1GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance design

The S Advance is obviously based on the original Galaxy S, but it draws inspiration from the likes of the Nexus with a slightly-curved body and screen.

The device will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread – not the most up-to-date version but more than enough for a smartphone of this calibre.

The S Advance is due for release on 26 March with a number of networks. It is decent mid-range device, but with all that other impressive Samsung hardware out there, we’re not sure people will be flocking to buy it.