Samsung announces dual-SIM Galaxy S Duos ahead of IFA 2012

Samsung has announced the latest addition to its Galaxy smartphone lineup, the Galaxy S Duos.

The phone, specifically "designed for active young professionals," looks similar to Samsung's latest flagship device, the Galaxy S3, but has space for two SIMs. The dual-SIM functionality lets users manage two different phone numbers from a single phone.

"Its unique 'Dual SIM Always on' feature allows you to receive calls on one SIM number while taking a call from the other, ensuring that you can manage both personal and work commitments without ever missing a call," Samsung said in a blog post. Users will also be able to select different billing plans for either SIM.

Interested? The Galaxy S Duos will be available beginning in September and Samsung will initially rollout the phone in Europe before rolling it out across other territories - a timescale that would nicely suit a launch at IFA 2012 next week.

On the design front, the phone takes inspiration from the wildly popular Galaxy S3, but its specs are a bit of a downgrade. The Galaxy S Duos, for instance, sports a smaller 4in, 480 x 800 TFT touch screen, compared to the S3's massive 4.8in, 720 x 1280 HD Super AMOLED display.

As for other specs, the Galaxy S Duos runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and features a 1GHz, single-core processor, 1,500mAh battery, 5-megapixel camera on the back, and 4GB of built-in storage.

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Earlier, Samsung announced that it would be using the annual geeky gadget bonanza to launch its latest "phablet", the Galaxy Note 2.