Samsung has confirmed that the mainstream Galaxy Ace Plus - which is slotted between the original Galaxy Ace and the Galaxy Ace 2 - will go on sale in the UK from Saturday.
The smartphone, which runs on Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread (plus the Touchwiz UI), comes with a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor clocked at 1GHz, a 3.65-inch 480 by 320 pixels display, a five-megapixel camera with a LED flash and 3GB onboard storage.
There's also a microSD card slot which can accommodate up to 32GB cards, WiFi, a front facing camera, 3.5G, GPS, Bluetooth. The device was released earlier this year at CES 2012 in January.
The Galaxy Ace Plus will face competition from Motorola (with the Defy and the Fire), HTC (with the Explorer), Huawei and ZTE (with the San Francisco II) at the lower end of the Android market with the Lumia 610 and 710 from Nokia from the Windows Phone camp.
It is already available on preorder from £200 from Play.com. At this price it is hardly a bargain given that (a) the better Galaxy Ace 2 costs £50 more (b) the immensely superior HTC Evo 3D is only a few pounds more expensive.