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Feb
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While HTC and Motorola have promised to release fewer phones and focus more on making them better overall, Samsung knows what you really want: tons more phones with needlessly complex names that sound uncomfortably similar to their other phones with needlessly complex names! That's why Samsung is bringing you the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy mini 2.

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Left: Galaxy Ace 2; Right: Galaxy mini 2

The Galaxy Ace 2, which should not be confused with the Galaxy S 2 but will be if you say the two names out loud, is a new low-end phone. It comes with an 800MHz dual-core CPU, a 3.8" WVGA screen, 768MB of RAM and we're sure you've stopped caring by now. The Galaxy mini 2 is an even lower-end phones with similarly paltry specs. A single-core 800MHz processor, a smaller 3.2" HVGA display, and a half gig of RAM. The Ace 2 will be available in the UK in April, and the mini 2 will be available in France in March before both are rolled out globally.

One has to wonder if Samsung has a daughter somewhere designing phones. Samsung seems to be the proud father with too much cash that just loves everything his little girl makes and wants to share it with the world. It's great that your team has *ahem* "imagination", Samsung, but in the last 30 days, you've announced the Galaxy S Advance, a white Galaxy Nexus, and a slew of La Fleur phones, one of them called the Galaxy Ace La Fleur no less. Not to mention you trumpeted the arrival of Goliath the Galaxy Note for 90 seconds during the SuperBowl and that after unveiling the Galaxy Note at CES. These two new devices make six new phones you've announced in one month.

Chill out, Samsung.

Source: Samsung PR

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.mazadamha.com damhamaza

    i'm start to hate samsung...

  • KatsumeBlisk

    They're trying to cover their demographics well. I think that they should stick with the Galaxy S II as their flagship, the Galaxy Note as their "special" device with a new feature most don't have (huge screen), and a low end device for those that can't afford the best like the Galaxy S Advance/Ace 2/Whatever. Three phones would allow them to focus more on their devices and provide updates even quicker. I foresee Motorola and HTC doing something similar, so why can't Samsung?

  • bikerbill

    They were asking awhile back what would be the next color for a phone if we could choose . Looks like yellow won . Haha

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com Ritesh Tripathy

    Point is, they are selling every model like cupcakes. They have a model at every price point and follow up those phones with a 8 to 10 month hardware refresh. Its working for them and I can't see see why anyone would whine about it. Yes, the nomenclature is sketchy and confusing at times and updates are a less than prompt but you can't blame them for putting out new models.
    The higher end devices are getting updates (although we'd like those to arrive sooner) and they're doing a good job with the flagship and a niche device. GS2, GS Advance and the Note form the mid-high to super-high end while the mid-low to low end devices are getting them good volumes. Its a successful strategy, there's a Samsung for everybody.

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      One of my friends was waiting for months for the Galaxy S II to arrive on AT&T. When it finally did, he turned in his old iPhone 4 and never looked back.

      Until, that is, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket came out. Virtually identical to the Galaxy S II, but with a shiny new LTE modem. The Skyrocket, which even had the nads to bear the exact same high-profile Galaxy S II moniker as its cousin, was released a mere one month after the previous AT&T Galaxy S II.

      Yes. There are plenty of reasons to be upset with Samsung's flooding of the market. Even without going into how such a chaotic and scattershot tsunami of devices makes for an incoherent market, confuses customers, and makes timely updates of any devices virtually impossible. There are, simply put, too many Samsung device on the market and customers get burned when they pour devices into the market like this.

  • http://twitter.com/shadez shadez

    Galaxy Ace 2 comes with "800MHz Dual-Core Processor"

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      So it is. Fixed. Thanks.

  • anamika

    Those models and pricing are relevant in markets where phone is not subsidized.

  • sliddjur

    Galaxy Ace 2, great first phone for girlfriend?!
    She wants a phone "with apps".

  • Storm

    A lot of people criticise Samsung, saying they should stick to one model, or one size, or one upgrade per year, or one... whatever...

    I'm impressed that there's a company with the ball bearings to step up and offer a range of products from which the consumer can pick and choose.

    Limited by price? Want a certain size screen? They've probably got a phone for you.

    Any other industry, nobody would be complaining about it. Washing machines, cars, filing cabinets.... "Oh, I'm so confused by all the options from this manufacturer!", people wail in despair...
    Except that they don't.
    Give consumers... and manufacturers.. a little credit. :)

  • opoel

    nokia use this strategy that make them no 1 till today.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    I hate to agree with Storm up above, but the point is valid-ish...though it does ignore the point that none of those other companies/products mentioned don't require constant support/updates. The premise however is sound and it's been debated a few times, but it's true that consumers do want some variety in their options.

    Now my real point, they are idiots for announcing/releasing these things. The mini 2 is lower spec'd than some phones from 2 years ago! Why put to market a phone that's so similar to the OG Galaxy S right after committing that the Galaxy S wasn't getting ICS and is effectively a dead product. It would have made more sense to just keep making the Galaxy S and just keep dropping the price. At least the Ace 2, while still being pretty lame, has enough power to be fairly serviceable for the next couple of years, at long as there's no goals for gaming or pushing any other performance apps.

  • Danilo

    These kind of phones is very important in markets that smartphones hasn't been stabilished properly yet. for example, here in Brazil the top selling smartphone of all is the Samsung Galaxy 5, because of its low price.

    • Danilo

      Sorry about bad english, I've just woken up ^^"

  • OFI

    The frequent new phone releases wouldn't bother me quite so much if they'd at least make some attempt of using a naming system that wasn't stupidly hard to follow.
    US carriers seem to make the situation even worse by having their slightly different versions.

  • brljfrlj

    I have Galaxy Mini 2 and it runs
    Dead Trigger (high details) and Modern Combat 3 very fluently.
    I use it for gaming and mini 2 didn't disappoint me!!

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