It may be a little later than expected, but Samsung has finally released the Galaxy Ace 3 with 4G here in the UK. Billed as the must-have budget 4G smartphone, the Galaxy Ace 3 is an upgraded version of the popular Ace 2, designed to look more like a Galaxy S4. Carphone Warehouse originally suggested that the phone would be available from July 2013 on their pre-registration page, but the Ace 3 has built up demand by being fashionably late.
Vice president of mobile at Samsung, Simon Stanford said, “Our latest addition to the Galaxy portfolio, the Galaxy Ace 3 is packed with loads of features designed to provide a smoother and more intuitive user experience. Following the success of the Galaxy Ace 2, we are confident that our customers will enjoy this new device when it hits the shelves.”
Features of the Galaxy Ace 3
Although its 4G capabilities are the most obvious attraction, the Galaxy Ace 3 has a number of other features. It comes pre-loaded with Android™ Jelly Bean 4.2 and has a mid-range specification including a 4 inch (480 x 800) screen and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It includes 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and NFC. The SmartStay feature helps you to save battery life by using facial recognition to determine when you are looking at your phone and when you are not.
Ideal for use on the road, the phone includes Samsung features such as S Travel, which provides guides and useful info about your destination, and S Translator which allows instant language translations to get you out of any difficult situation.
Because the Galaxy Ace 3 has a 5 Megapixel rear facing camera, it is ideal for capturing high quality photos and videos. Sharing your snaps couldn’t be simpler with additional features such as Best Photo, and Buddy Photo Share.
Price Plans for the Galaxy Ace 3
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is currently available from EE on one of their small business plans. They suggest that the features of the Galaxy Ace 3 make it ideal for business use, and that its 4G capabilities will allow you to download pages and apps more quickly, sending important files within seconds. According to EE “Less time waiting means more time to tackle your working day.”
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is currently free when you sign up to a 24 month small business contract with EE and is available in black or white. The cost of your contract will depend on your data needs, bust as an example:
- £20 per month will give you 1GB data, 500 minutes and 500 text messages
- £30 per month will give you 2GB data and unlimited minutes and text messages
- £40 per month will give you 16GB data and unlimited minutes and text messages
- £45 per month will give you 32GB data and unlimited minutes and text messages
The handset itself is currently available sim-free from Carphone Warehouse for £259.95. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is expected to be available on other 4G networks in the near future.