Samsung Announces Galaxy Ace 2 And Mini 2

The pre-MWC news keeps on rolling, with Samsung pre-empting any 'big' news it might have next week with a couple of successor handsets set to replace last year's Ace and Mini budget lines. The only confirmed markets for the new handsets are in Europe, where they'll launch relatively soon; the UK gets the Ace 2 in April while France scores the Mini in March.

The Galaxy Ace 2 will be an Android 2.3 handset with Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 UI overlaid, running on an 800Mhz dual-core processor. It'll feature a 3.8 inch WVGA screen and come with a 5MP camera capable of 720P video. European pricing is set at 349 euros -- roughly $432.

The cheaper 199 euro (~$246) Galaxy Mini 2 will run Android 2.3 on an 800MHz processor with a 3.3 inch HVGA display and a relatively meagre 3MP camera.

By specification, they're both 900/2100Mhz phones, so if they do land in Australia, they'd be a more natural match for Optus, unless Samsung follows Nokia's Lumia 710 lead and develops an 850Mhz version of either handset for Telstra or Vodafone. [SammyHub]