Samsung has unveiled the first-ever Galaxy Ace budget phone to be graced by its Nature UX series of interface customisations, ahead of its anticipated full showcase next week.
The low-cost alternative to Galaxy S and Galaxy Note kits retains many of its bigger brothers’ suite of Android tweaks. Not least ‘S Translator’, which offers real-time speech translation, the intelligent sleep mode Smart Stay and the Siri-rivaling voice commands apps, S Voice.
Appropriately for a phone aimed at first-time smartphone owners, it also offers an Easy Mode that enables users to access a simplified homescreen with easy access to their most in-demand functions and apps.
It’s no slouch in the specs department either. Along with a four-inch WVGA (480 x 800) TFT LCD display, Samsung has equipped its kit with Android Jelly Bean out of the box and a 1.2GHz dual core processor.
A five-megapixel camera, complete with Sound & Shot and Best Photo features, is on board too, plus a secondary VGA, front-facing snapper for selfies and video calls and 8GB of internal storage. This can be boosted by up to 64GB by adding a microSD card.
Pricing and availability hasn’t yet been confirmed. But going by the Ace 3’s mid-range specs, we think you can expect to pick it up for around £150-£200 contract-free.