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Leaked Galaxy S Advance improves on the original with dual-core chip and curvy screen [UPDATE: It’s official]

The Galaxy S III has already set tongues wagging concerning its will-it-won’t-it appearance at Mobile World Congress, and here’s another phone that could also be unveiled during the show, the Galaxy S Advance.

While its specification isn’t as headline-grabbing as the Galaxy S III’s is likely to be, the latest addition to the ever-extending Galaxy S range still packs quite a punch.

Samsung has taken the beautiful curved screen design of the Galaxy Nexus S and also implemented it here, on a 4-inch, 480 x 800 Super AMOLED touchscreen. According to PhoneArena.com, making its debut inside a Galaxy series phone will be an ST-Ericsson NovaThor 1Ghz processor, an alternative to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips that’s also expected to be used on future Nokia Windows Phone handsets. The NovThor is also a dual-core processor, another first for the Galaxy S range.

On the rear of the phone is a 5-megapixel camera which can also record 720p video, and hidden behind the rear panel is a 1500mAh battery. Google Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread is the S Advance’s operating system.

If your memory is as good as your knowledge of Samsung smartphones gone-by, then you’ll no doubt realise that aside from the dual-core chip and the curvy screen, this spec is the same as the original Galaxy S from 2010.

The Galaxy S Advance’s announcement could come at the end of February, where along with the final spec list the price should be revealed too. With the Galaxy R and its Tegra 2 chip and 4.2-inch screen already tempting those who don’t want to stretch to a Galaxy S II, it’s going to have to be very competitive to make much sense.

UPDATE: Rather than wait until MWC 2012, Samsung has made the Galaxy S Advance official now. In addition to the specs mentioned above, the phone also has a 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera lens, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 8GB or 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot and 768MB of RAM.

The launch will begin in February in Europe, but the price has yet to be confirmed.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance Front Samsung Galaxy S Advance Rear

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