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Samsung Galaxy Ace to be served in Three stores next month

The Samsung Galaxy Ace is now official, and British punters will see this pocket-friendly Android phone in Three's shops next month.

Samsung is about to smash an ace into phone emporia across the land, with the launch of the Galaxy Ace next month. We spotted the Ace yesterday after it appeared on the Indonesian Samsung website, and today Samsung confirmed the phone's juicy specs. 

A 3.5-inch screen makes the Ace as portable as a playing card, although its 320x480-pixel resolution means it won't be the sharpest display around. An 800MHz processor powers Android 2.2 Froyo, which offers stacks of features, including access to tonnes of apps from the Android Market. 

Samsung is also plugging the fact that the Ace runs version 2.2.1 of Android, which makes it 0.0.1 per cent better than before, courtesy of some speed improvements and bug fixes. But Ace owners will still be behind people who have phones with Android 2.2.2 or 2.3, like the Google Nexus S, so they shouldn't go around bragging too much.

If the Ace is served at the right price, it could be a tasty handset indeed. HSDPA connectivity means it will make speedy downloads over 3G, while support for the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi standard will keep browsing snappy when you're connected to a hotspot. 

You'll have the choice of the standard, excellent Android virtual keyboard, or you could try Swype, a speedy custom keyboard that was recently used to break the world texting record. The Ace also packs in a 5-megapixel camera with an LED photo light, and there's even an FM radio on-board. 

The Ace is coming to Three on its One Plan deal, which offers all-you-can-eat data. Three is one of the few networks to still offer such a gluttonous data plan.

Three isn't saying how much the Ace will cost up front, but the One Plan will start from £25 a month for two years, which includes 2,000 minutes and 5,000 texts. 

If you'd like to see the Ace in a young gentleman's hand, check out the video below from Three's blog.