Jan 04 AT 11:12 AM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Samsung intros two new value members to the Galaxy family


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.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus

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.

Via: Samsung Tomorrow

Source: Samsung Mobile Press

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  • Oskar Wismierski

    Why make the M with metal? this will make my S II look like a plastic toy :S

    • zerosix

      Get ready for ultraslim, metal, ICS-powered SGS3. I can’t wait to putting my hands on it.

      • SGB101

        SGS3 is my next device, its getting its debut in Barcelona in February , and i will be so made up if it has a metal body, that is the reason i stuck with HTC so far.

        Quad Core1.5GHz+, 4.5″ High res Screen, metal body, and CM9, i cant wait for March.

        • jeff.j1990

          Are you sure they are gonna display it at Barcelona? If so its awesome.

  • Daniel Brierton

    Can’t tell if big phone, or massive hands…

    • Jon Garrett

      she’s Asian, she’s got small hands.

  • AsakuraZero

    the resemblace of the galaxy ace plus to the iphone 3gs its kinda spooky this are good mid and low tier phones, yet we need to see the prices of them and compare them

  • Bryan Stoner

    OOooo i’m impressed. 1Ghz is really all you need for a good experience. Although a 3.65 inch screen is a little too small. But dang I gotta say this is pretty neat to have such a solid value phone.

  • dpleus

    In light of all the recent news about Samsung in regards to the Galaxy S and OG Tab, it would make no sense to buy one of these as a new consumer. You are almost guaranteed to be stuck at 2.3 for the life of the device, but if you like TouchWiz and don’t mind having a phone with a 2 gen old OS then I guess these aren’t bad. Personally, I can’t see why anyone would agree to locking themselves into a two year contract for these already outdated hardware and software platforms. But, if the prices are low enough, I could see them as disposable smartphones for prepaid carriers and teens.

    • LukeT32

      The user these phones are designed for could care less about software updates…. it is an entry level “smart phone”. Its the phone you can buy your kids and not want to kill them if it breaks.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Samsung did update the Galaxy S two times. From 2.1 to 2.2 to 2.3

      • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

        Samsung devices are constantly getting a bad rep around the Android community. (Which really doesn’t make sense.) Samsung is one of the best manufacturers, while also providing timely updates. (I guess some users just need something to complain about.)

  • Nick

    Samsung, please FFS stop making more galaxy handsets and diluting the brand with all this half assed junk. 3 models is all you need. High end, mid range and low end handsets then actually focus on improving touch wiz, optimizing your android builds and getting them out quickly.

    In addition stop putting 320×480 displays in anything above 3.5 inches your taking the P**s out of consumers.

    • Rutger

      Yes, I couldn’t agree more! Stop releasing 1000 phones every week and instead focus on a few devices. Improve software and make sure all devices runs the latest version of the Android OS.


    way better than the lg entry offering we saw yeasterday

  • ranwanimator

    Both of those would be great contenders for Republic Wireless’ next phone. Now if they’d just open their service back up to new members again.

  • MyMilan

    Looks like this is the real reason why Samsung won’t upgrade the Galaxy to 4.0. If they did then people wouldn’t have a reason to buy a new phone. The best thing the consumer can do is send Sammy a message and not buy one of their phones.

    • David

      I’m not sure about that, or maybe I got it wrong.

      First, people who bought a Galaxy S wouldn’t buy any of these. If you have a perfectly functioning Galaxy S, there is no reason (at least in my humble opinion) to buy the M, let alone the Ace Plus.

      If you’re talking about Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, then yes. These, I honestly don’t see it.

      Diluting the brand, definitely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=583695634&ref=profile Rahul Singh

    Really good devices… I don’t get one thing about Galaxy lines that why don’t we get the same Model as European one with the Home button? I really love that design..

  • lokidokie

    Solid mid range devices for our mums!