Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 live pictures and hands-on video at #MWC11

Look, it’s an iPhone! No! Look, it’s a Galaxy S! No! Look, it’s a Galaxy S II!

The Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830) is neither of those. This Android-powered smartphone is a ‘mini’ version of the Galaxy S, one may say. Its target market is the midrange, people who want a very well designed smartphone but don’t necessarily need (or afford to pay for) all the premium features in, for example, the new Galaxy S II. And on that front, the Ace delivers.

It has a 3.5-inch 480×320 capacitive touchscreen, identical in size to Apple’s iPhone, which makes it big enough for easy use, but still small enough to make the phone very pocket-friendly. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera, not usually seen in this price range (except for the also just-announced HTC Wildfire S), and all the other usual bells and whistles that a smartphone just can’t claim to be ‘smart’ without these days – such as Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and the likes.

The Galaxy Ace is powered by an 800 MHz processor, which, while not being at the level of the 1 GHz+ standard for the high-end, is more capable than most of its competitors’, which are clocked around 600 MHz. Of course, raw numbers don’t always translate in real-life, day-to-day performance, so be sure to check the Ace out in a shop before you decide to buy it.

I checked it out at Samsung’s booth at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, and the following quick demo video has resulted:

And here are some live pics:

Notice the nicely-patterned back plate that’s similar to that seen on the Galaxy S II. And just like in that case, it helps make sure you won’t drop the phone, while at the same time providing a very good grip when holding it.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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