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Samsung intros two new value members to the Galaxy family

3 years ago 20

As we count down to CES 2012, Samsung just unveiled two new Android phones that we are likely to see next week in Vegas. Both devices are aimed at the lower end of the market, but the new Galaxy M and Galaxy Ace Plus appear to offer a premium experience at an affordable price.

First we have the Galaxy M, which offers a 4-inch Super AMOLED display at a mainstream price. Other highlights of the device include Android 2.3 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, 1 GHz single core processor, 3 MP camera, Bluetooth 3.0, 4 GB internal storage, 1650 mAh battery and a slim profile of just 9.9 mm.

The stylings of the Galaxy M are very similar to the Galaxy S II, but the device features a refined metal body. Look for Samsung to offer the Galaxy M in three colors including Platinum Silver, Blue Black and Lavender Pink. Exact US pricing has not been announced, but we expect the Galaxy M to debut at under $499 off-contract.

Next up we have the Galaxy Ace Plus, an enhanced version of the popular Galaxy Ace from last year. This budget friendly Android phone features Android 2.3 with TouchWiz, 3.65 inch display (480 x 320 resolution), 1 GHz single core processor, 512 MB RAM, 5 MP camera with LED flash, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 1300 mAh battery.

Samsung says that, starting this month, the Galaxy Ace Plus will be rolled out to Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, the Middle East, Africa and China. No mention was made about US availability, but I expect we could see the Galaxy Ace Plus arrive on some of the prepaid carriers like Cricket or Virgin Mobile.

Overall, both devices look to deliver Samsung’s sleek style and friendly user experience to the masses. Neither device might appeal to our hardcore crowd, but I think they will perform quite well in the prepaid market.