Samsung Galaxy Ace officially unveiled as budget Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone

8 April 2014, 6:57 am EDT By Alexandra Burlacu Mobile & Apps

Samsung has just unveiled its new Galaxy Ace Style, a budget smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat and set to launch globally starting this month.

The company has never been too shy about flooding the market with a slew of devices with all sorts of specs, sizes, and price tags, aiming to offer something for everyone. While most of the attention may be drawn to the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship, which is about to hit retail on April 11, Samsung now has another proposition, this time aimed at budget-conscious smartphone shoppers.

Just last week this Galaxy Ace variant was spotted in Germany, but nothing was official at the time. Samsung has now taken the wraps off the new Galaxy Ace Style, announcing that the smartphone will hit global availability starting in April. While the company made no mention of pricing at this point, all signs indicate that it will be a budget-friendly deal.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Style sports a 4-inch WVGA display and packs a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz under the hood. Since it will launch as a budget offering, the rest of the specs are quite modest as well. The smartphone will feature just 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage capacity, and a microSD card slot for additional memory.

The handset further comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera with flash, as well as a VGA front shooter for video chat. In terms of connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style will support NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. On the software side, the smartphone will rock Android 4.4 KitKat, which is pretty neat for a budget device.

Android 4.4 KitKat has been specifically designed to work even with devices with as little as 512MB of RAM, and it brings several neat features and functionality to the table. Many higher-end smartphones out there still haven't received an update to KitKat, but the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style will run Android 4.4 straight out of the box.

As previously mentioned, Samsung has yet to provide pricing details for its new Galaxy Ace Style, or offer an exact launch date. The company only said the smartphone would launch globally starting in April, but did not mention which markets will get it first. Samsung did note, however, that the Galaxy Ace Style will be available in two color choices - Cream White and Dark Grey.

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