First up is Samsung who add the 'Galaxy Ace Plus' to their expansive lineup of handsets.
As the name suggests, the Galaxy Ace Plus is a follow up to the successful Galaxy Ace handset. Compared to it's predecessor the new handset gets a larger screen (3.65") and slightly faster processor (1GHz), but retains the original's 5 Megapixel camera and (sadly) the HVGA display. 3GB onboard storage is included which is of course backed up with a microSD slot. The phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and packs a 1300mAh battery into it's 11.2mm thick frame.
Next is LG, with their 'Optimus Two'.
Again, the Optimus Two is an obvious successor to their well received Optimus One device. Specifications are generally inferior to the Galaxy Ace Plus and very similar (read: identical?) to the Optimus One... that means a 3.2" HVGA screen, 800MHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.2 Megapixel Camera and a 1,500 mAh battery in it's 11.9mm body. The currently annouced Optimus Two is for CDMA networks but our sources tell us a GSM variant with very similar specifications will be announced shortly.
Both devices are relatively sound machines but on the whole offer only minimal upgrades over the last generation. I wonder how they will fare as the current mid to high end handsets fall in price as they are replaced... should manufacturers be churning out these handsets or taking advantage of price falls on Smartphones coming to end-of-life to bring them to the more budget conscious users? Discuss!
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