Yesterday it was reported that a few images and specifications had surfaced of an upcoming Samsung handset named the I9070 Galaxy S Advance. However, there were very few details to go by and the announcement of the upcoming Galaxy S handset was expected to take place during the Mobile World Conference event in Barcelona. Samsung has done one better, and officially announced the upcoming smartphone ahead of the projected date. As expected most of the features remain the same, thus confirming the specification and image rumours that popped up yesterday.

The latest handset from the Galaxy S series

The latest handset from the Galaxy S series

Speaking at the launch of the Galaxy S Advance, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, JK Shin said, “The GALAXY S Advance adds to the successful track record of the GALAXY smartphone range with a phone that combines power and style with all the versatility of Samsung’s Hub services.”

Here is a look at the highlighted features of the Samsung Galaxy S Advance

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung TouchWiz, Samsung L!ve Panel UX
  • 4.0” WVGA Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 480×800
  • 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 5 Megapixel rear camera with AF and LED Flash
  • 720p video recording capabilities at 30fps
  • 1.3 Megapixel front facing Camera
  • 8 or 16GB Internal memory
  • MicroSD card support up to 32GB
  • 768MB RAM
  • Samsung Kies 2.0, Samsung Kies air, AllShare
  • HSPA 14.4Mbps  850/900/1900/2100
  • EDGE, GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
  • Bluetooth v3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Dimensions are 123.2 x 63.0 x 9.69mm
  • Weighs 120g
  • 1,500mAh battery

Apart from the above mentioned features, the I9070 Galaxy S Advance features Samsung Hubs and ChatON services. The Music Hub found on this smartphone offers a full music store experience with access to over 11 million tracks and the ability to fully personalize users’ own music catalogues. Samsung states that the handset also features Find My Mobile, a unique lost-phone management system that ensures secure phone data encryption in case of phone loss, and that enables users to trace their lost phone directly via the Web or even delete the device’s data remotely.

This handset will be available from February and will be rolled out in a phased manner starting from Russia followed by a gradual release across CIS, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Latin America and China. For more information on this smartphone, click here. As of now, no pricing is available on the handset, but as always you'll know as soon as we do.

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