Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus boosts power, sticks on Android 2.3

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is Samsung's follow-up to the natty Galaxy Ace. It comes with a bigger display, and a 1GHz processor.

Samsung's got yet another mobile to add to its Galaxy stable in the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, a follow-up to the budget-friendly Galaxy Ace that came out in 2011, if you can remember that far back.

The inventively named Ace Plus ditches the iPhone 4 -style design, instead opting for a curved back and silver surround that looks much like the iPhone 3GS.

You might say that doesn't sound like progress, but Samsung's seen fit to squeeze a 1GHz processor inside the Ace Plus, up from 800MHz in the previous version, and has bumped the screen size from 3.5 inches to 3.65 inches.

While the display real-estate has been improved, unfortunately the resolution hasn't. You'll be stuck staring at just 320 by 480 paltry pixels -- a far cry from the magnificent 720x1,280-pixel resolution found on the high-end Samsung Galaxy Nexus .

Another disappointment is that the Ace Plus will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, rather than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich , which is the latest version.

The original Galaxy Ace is missing out on an update to this exciting new version of Android, and it's a bit gutting to see its follow-up will also be lumbered with an older interation of Google's operating system. It's conceivable it'll be updated at some point, but we're not holding our breath.

Like the Ace of yesteryear, the Galaxy Ace Plus is packing a 5-megapixel snapper around the back. We're big fans of the original Ace, and while this new version isn't much of an overhaul, we're keen to see whether it can be just as successful when it comes to delivering a decent Android experience to those shopping on a budget.

It's out in Russia this month, with a European release to follow. Stay tuned for all the latest, and in the meantime tell us what you think in the comments below, or on our Facebook wall.

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