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Samsung Galaxy S Advance now official

And just like that, Samsung has just launched the Galaxy S Advance, adding to its ever-growing Galaxy family. This comes soon after the same device being spotted and handled here in the Philippines and now we have more info on our hands including availability. For that, read on.

On the outside, the Galaxy S Advance sports an exterior Sammy's Galaxy handsets are known for. Not much to talk about there really. Under the hood, the device sports a dual-core 1GHz processor that's partnered with 768MB of RAM. It also boasts a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen (at 480 x 800) as well as 16GB of internal storage. Wireless connectivity options via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are all accounted for while supporting HSPA speeds of up to 14.4Mbps. Taking care of the imaging department is a 5-megapixel main camera at the back while a weaker 1.3-megapixel shooter can be found up front.

The Galaxy S Advance will come with Android Gingerbread out of the box although we're curious if it will also be eligible for an update to Ice Cream Sandwich (we're guessing yes). With the current trend of manufacturers slapping quad-core chips or 1.5GHz dual-core CPUs on their flagships, we think the Galaxy S Advance will be a mid-range offering, available for those who don't want to spend P30,000 or more for a dual-core device.

As for availability, Samsung says the Galaxy S Advance will gradually roll out to markets starting next month with Russia first on the list. The device will then arrive on other regions including Southeast Asia soon after which could mean local availability should be expected within the next two months. In any case, you could hit the gallery below for more photos of this new arrival from Samsung.