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(UPDATED) Samsung Galaxy S Advance gets spotted and handled in PH

In what seems to be as big a buzz as encountering an endangered species, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance (GT-i9070) was spotted and handled recently by our friends over at Hardware Zone and according to them, the display is about four-inches in size and packs a screen resolution of 480 X 800. A possible mid-range offering, perhaps?

It's looking a little chunky from that angle, with a home key in the middle which is said to be flanked by two touch capacitive keys (we guess these are the begin- and end- call buttons). The Galaxy S Advance is said to run on Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) with TouchWiz enhancements and is powered by a dual-core ARMv7 CPU and a Mali-400 MP GPU. It's also home to a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. We're hoping it'll be eligible for an Ice Cream Sandwich update, too.

There's no official word yet on how much this handset will cost (or when it will be officially available here) although according to Hardware Zone Samsung says it could be priced at around P22,900. We're looking at MWC 2012 where the official deets on this one are expected to be announced. But then again, seeing that it's "already here," maybe we won't have to wait that long.

UPDATE (5:20 p.m, January 31): Samsung has just made the Galaxy S Advance official! Check out press photos in the gallery below.