Samsung has introduced the Ace, Fit, Gio and mini Galaxy smartphones. Geared toward first-time smartphone owners, the phones may not reach U.S. shores.
Samsung is apparently planning world domination. Or more exactly-following swift sales of 10 million Galaxy S smartphones
well more than a million Galaxy Tab media tablets-the launch of four
more-affordable Galaxy S phones: the Ace, Fit, Gio and mini.
Geared toward first-time smartphone owners, the devices take their design
cues from the original Galaxy S phones, says Samsung, and will be shown off at
the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona
Feb. 14 through 17.
"In creating the Samsung Galaxy smartphone line-up, we wanted to expand
on the things that made the Samsung Galaxy S such a runaway success whilst
diversifying our product range," Samsung President JK Shin said in a Jan.
26 statement. "Each device delivers something different, with the idea
that each user is an individual and wants their mobile experience to be easy
All four phones run Android 2.2 (also known as "Froyo") and
include WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as Samsung's Social Hub, which
integrates a user's contacts, instant messaging and e-mail into a single page
view, making them easier to manage. All also feature Samsung's TouchWiz user
interface, access to the Android Market-which is now 100,000-plus apps
strong-and Swype's QuickType, for speedy typing. Google Maps, a Quick Office
document viewer, an Android browser, assisted GPS
and voice search are likewise included across the board.
For a look at two Galaxy S devices, the Verizon
Wireless Fascinate and the AT&T Captivate, click here.
Of the four, the Galaxy Ace is the least round of the lot and most resembles
its Galaxy S forebears. It measures 112.4 by 59.9 by 11.5mm and features a
3.5-inch HVGA TFT-LCD display. The processor runs at 800MHz, and the camera is
5 megapixels. According to Engadget
the Ace will be "available immediately" in Russia,
followed shortly after by Europe, India
The display size shrinks a bit from there. The Galaxy Fit features a
3.31-inch QVGA-TFT-LCD display, a 600MHz processor (with a 3D accelerator, adds
Samsung) and a 5-megapixel camera. It measures 110.2 by 61.2 by 12.6mm, and
like the Ace has a 1350mAh battery.
The Galaxy Gio measures 110.5 by 57.5 by 12.15mm and pairs a 3.2-inch HVGA
TFT-LCD display with an 800MHz processor, a 3-megapixel camera and the 1350mAh
battery. And finally the mini, which is actually a touch wider than both the
Gio and the Ace, simply has the smallest display, at 3.14 inches. The processor
is 600MHz and the camera 3 megapixels.
Samsung made no mention of whether the devices will eventually come to the United
States. Consumers in the States can instead
look forward to a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab, as well as 4G Galaxy S
smartphone, which Samsung has promised to make for Verizon Wireless, to
complement its 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network.
In 2011, Samsung's Shin has said
he expects the company to sell 50