March 2, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
Over a month ago, Samsung made official a new Galaxy S smartphone, called the Advance, and, even though we reckoned back then that it will hit the Asian and European markets in February, the handheld is yet to make an appearance anywhere.
In an unusual turn of events, the Galaxy S Advance has just been spotted gaining FCC approval and might well enjoy a global release and not a gradual launch as we all suspected at the end of January.
According to our good friends at wirelessgoodness.com, the Advance arriving at the FCC sported AT&T bands and gained approval for GSM 850/1900, WCDMA 850/1900, dual-band WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth.
I know, it’s a bit disappointing to see new Android-based smartphones launched without 4G and/or LTE connectivity, but in all fairness the Advance was never intended as a high-end gadget. For those of you who don’t remember, this fresh Samsung device is set to be powered by a 1 GHz dual-core NovaThor processor and feature 768 MB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of on-board memory, as well as 5 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras.
The Galaxy S Advance will sport a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution and will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box with no ICS update announced for the time being.
As I already mentioned, we were all expecting the 4-incher to hit Asia and Europe and, depending on its success there, to be released in the US, but it seems more and more likely that Samsung will in fact spoil all Android geeks all over the world with this smartphone at the same time. When will the release happen it’s still very hard to tell, while in terms of pricing, the latest rumors point towards a $500-550 starting tag with no contract.
Stay tuned on Androinica.com for more details about the Samsung Galaxy S Advance’s release and complete tech specs, details that will most likely be made official in the following hours or so.