Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 dual-core smartphone available from £130

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is to the Galaxy S2 what the S3 Mini is to the S3 - a smaller, stripped down version of the real thing. However, the Ace 2 costs £130 on Orange (plus a compulsory £10 top-up voucher), whereas the S3 Mini, which is much newer, costs more than twice that.

The phone is locked to Orange but should in theory work on T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile, both of which are on the same network backbone. The Ace 2 was released earlier this year at Mobile World Congress and originally went on pre-order for £250. It runs on a dual-core system-on-chip clocked at 800MHz and like has an 800 x 480 pixel resolution on a 3.8in display.

Other features include 768MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel rear camera with HD recording capability, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, Wi-Fi, microUSB, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz, FM Radio, a VGA front camera and a 1,500mAh.

The smartphone has plenty of oomph to support an upgrade to Android 4.0 ICS, though whether this will actually happen remains to be seen. Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.

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