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Samsung launches Galaxy Ace smartphone

Ace joins three new Android-powered handets

Samsung has revealed it will be expanding its Galaxy family of Android-powered smartphones with four new handsets.

The Samsung Galaxy Ac,e which will be exclusively available in the UK on mobile network 3 later this year, will be joined by the Samsung Galaxy Fit, the Samsung Galaxy Gio and the Samsung Galaxy mini.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace is being billed as the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Portal and benefits from an 800MHz processor along with a 3.5in 320x480 touchscreen display.

The sleek black handset also comes with Version 2.21 of the Google Android OS, known as Froyo, along with a 5Mp camera, GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity. Furthermore, the smartphone can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot and allows other devices such as tablet PCs, laptops and games consoles to connect to the internet via the phone.

"We're delighted to be bolstering our handset portfolio with this new device," said Sylvia Chind, head of branded devices, at 3.

"Doubling up as a personal Wi-Fi hot spot, the Samsung Galaxy Ace offers unique smartphone functionality and our customers can use Three's high speed 3G network to enjoy Google Maps, social networks, downloading apps, shopping online and much more."

Pricing and availability details were not made available.

The Samsung Galaxy Gio will be powered by the same 800MHz processor and will come with a 3.2in touchscreen and 3Mp camera. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy mini and the Samsung Galaxy Fit both feature 600MHz processors. The Galaxy Mini comes with a 3.1in display and 3Mp camera, while the Fit benefits from a 3.3in screen and 5Mp camera.

"With the Galaxy Family now offering a complete range of smartphones, combining excellent hardware technology and the latest operating system, as well as engaging interactive content, we firmly believe there is something for everyone, irrespective of whether it is their first smartphone or their fifth," said Simon Stanford, managing director of Samsung Mobile UK and Ireland.

Samsung did not release pricing or availability details for the handsets.

See also: Samsung launches first LTE-equipped laptop


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