Samsung Electronics announced the expansion of its Galaxy smartphone range with the launch of the Galaxy S Advance (GT-I9070) and Galaxy Pocket (GT-S5300). For its Indian smartphone users, Samsung has made available several interesting apps in its application store. Through the My Reader app, Indian consumers can access over 3,00,000 books from Landmark, get 26 Newspapers and 28 Magazines, and access popular comic titles such as Amar Chitra Katha etc. The My Music app allows Samsung Smartphone users to download and listen to more than 1,00,000 songs from Hollywood and Bollywood as well as popular regional titles. Handy is a single point application where users can search, book and pay for flights, trains, buses, and movie tickets. Users can also create their own stock portfolio, get real time stock prices and stay updated on the latest in business news. Furthermore, users can search a restaurant by cuisine and even reserve a table for themselves. The Mobile TV app allows users to watch their favourite TV shows while being on the move while the My Movies app gives users access to movies, videos, and trailers of their choice. The S Advance is priced at Rs.26,900 and the Pocket is priced at Rs.8,150.  

The new phones

The new phones by Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance features a WVGA Super AMOLED display and a large 4-inch curved glass screen and is powered with a 1GHz dual-core processor which offers fast booting, seamless internet browsing and smooth image processing. It is based on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and users can access Google Mobile Services and download free apps from the Samsung Apps store. The device comes loaded with three content rich hubs – Readers’ Hub, Social Hub and Game Hub that redefine the mobile entertainment experience. Users can capture special moments through videos and photos using the device’s 5MP camera and can also tune in to their favourite MP3 songs or listen to their favourite programs on FM radio. There is also Find My Mobile, a lost-phone management system that enables users to track their lost phone via a web browser and allows remote deletion of data.

Some of the highlights of the phone include:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 800 x 480
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 5 megapixel AF camera
  • 8GB internal memory
  • GPRS / EDGE / HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 1500mAh Battery

The Galaxy Pocket is an easy to carry around at a depth of 11.9mm and weighing in at 97.0gms. However, despite its compact size, the Pocket packs in quite a punch with a powerful 832MHz processor and HSDPA 3.6Mbps with advance Wi-Fi connectivity, that enables fast data processing, advance multi-tasking and fast downloading of multimedia files. It is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and features 3GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB). The TouchWiz interface of the device provides a smart and intuitive touch screen that provides smooth menu navigation through easy-to-access widgets.

The main highlights of the phone include:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 2.8-inch TFT display with a resolution of 240 x 320
  • 832MHz processor
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 3GB internal memory
  • Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 1200mAh Battery

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