Samsung looks set to unveil a souped up version of its best-selling Galaxy S smartphone featuring a more powerful chipset and a design refresh.
The Galaxy S Advance – internally known as the i9070 - emerged this week in leaked snaps and a YouTube clip, revealing Sammy’s plans to extend the lifecycle of the handset that propelled it to the smartphone summit.
The as-yet unofficial phone sports a dual core 1GHz processor – twice as fast as its predecessor – plus a redesigned shell that looks less like an iPhone 3GS and more akin to the Galaxy S2.
The display remains a 4-inch Super AMOLED variety – same as its older brother – and the five-megapixel makes its return, along with front-facing webcam and a 1,500mAh battery.
Alas, the handset runs Android 2.3.6 – aka Gingerbread – rather than the latest Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). However, considering it sports all that extra processing brawn on board this time around, as well as double the RAM at 1GB, it’s quite likely that an upgrade to ICS will become available eventually.
Samsung is likely to officially announce the Galaxy S Advance at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where it is also tipped to reveal the successor to the Galaxy S2 as well as a new Galaxy Tab slate.
UPDATE: Samsung has just officially announced the Galaxy S Advance in a press release. Pricing and availability details have yet to be confirmed.