Samsung has unveiled a new entry-level Android-powered smartphone this morning that has a nifty trick up its sleeve: The ability to handle two SIM cards simultaneously. With dual SIM slots, it allows you to receive calls and text messages on two different numbers without the need to switch between them manually.
The Galaxy Ace DUO sports a 3.5-inch HVGA LCD display, a 823MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 1,300 mAh battery that keeps it all going. There’s 3GB of internal storage with the option to add an additional 32GB via the microSD card slot, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. Its connectivity options include Bluetooth 3.0, a microUSB port, and 900/1200 HSDPA wireless.
The device ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, in addition to several Samsung apps like the ChatON messaging service, and Social Hub for those who like to keep on top of their Facebook and Twitter feeds. There’s no mention of an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, and to be honest, we’re not really expecting one, either.
The Galaxy Ace DUO is certainly no Galaxy S III, then, but it’s one of the few entry-level devices I know of with dual-SIM functionality, and it’s ideal for those who like to juggle between work and play on the same handset.
Samsung is yet to provide a price for the handset, but it has confirmed availability. The rollout will start in Russia next month before making its way across Europe, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and China.
Would you like to see more devices with dual SIM slots?