BY | September 12, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S Advance is all set to get Android Jelly Bean update shortly. It will bypass Ice Cream Sandwich

The Galaxy S Advance is one of the best midrange Android phones from Samsung. The device hit stores with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. It is now going to get a major firmware update, says sources. But the device is not to get Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. Instead, along with the Galaxy Ace 2, the Advance is to skip the ICS and to get Android Jelly Bean directly, rumours predict. Here is our review of the wonderful medium handset.

Galaxy S Advance: Tech Specs
The Galaxy S Advance becomes a smart handset with a pretty 4-inch Super AMOLED display. The screen packs a good resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and it makes use of PenTile pixel arrangement. Comparing with a High Definition display, it is not much bad. Even though, the WVGA screen shows small text a bit uneven; but it is no more annoying for a user. The screen further touts Samsung’s new TouchWiz 4.0 user interface that smoothens user’s experience with the handset.

The device is equipped with a 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 CPU and 768MB RAM. Of course, thinking from the current world of quad core chips it may feel frivolous to you. But, the handset is a superb by-product of the last year’s high-end dual core handsets. The Advance works quite nicely and users can rely on the device for fast and smart web surfing, multimedia content consumption and more. Indeed, Samsung has rolled out the gadget in April 2012 as a standard handset for average users.

In addition, the modest Samsung handset sports Mali-400MP GPU for flawless graphical performance. When it comes to memory, the device has two variants; 8GB and 16GB. Plus, the handset touts 2GB of ROM and 32GB microSD slot for expanding memory. Thanks to a standard Li-Ion 1500mAh battery, the device promises over 7 hours talk time and around 550 hours standby. It looks not bad for an average handset.

The Galaxy S Advance comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera. It can shoot video at 720p@30fps. Advanced camera features like LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging and face and smile detection are also there. For making video chats, the device has a 1.3-megapixel front camera. Major connectivity options include GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB port. You can also enjoy DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and NFC on the small handset.

Galaxy S Advance: Look and Feel
The handset has certainly grabbed name for its superb look. What makes it unique from most other midrange handsets is its design that resembles it like a high-end handset. Samsung seems to have copied some design cues of its top-notch handsets like Google Nexus. The Advance is built with a thick and heavy part at the bottom so that users can grasp it comfortably. In short, the handset measures at 123.2 x 63 x 9.7mm and it has a less weight of 120 grams.

Galaxy S Advance: Notable Features
As per the TechRadar review, notable things with the Galaxy S Advance are a swift dual-core processor, intuitive user interface, all-round strong performance, good image editing tools and, of course, a great price. Let’s us start with the handset’s pricing. Similar to most Samsung handsets, the Advance comes for a comfortable price tag. You can buy a copy of Advance in Indian market for around INR. 20,000.

As mentioned above, it is a modern representation of the last year’s line of dual core Android handsets. We got Samsung Galaxy S2 and lots of other handsets from different product makers in 2011. But, Samsung has brought us a typical dual core handset in Galaxy S Advance for the modern-day customers, who wish to spend less on a phone. Indeed, handling its 4-inch full-touch display is a superb experience thanks to its integration of TouchWiz 4 user interface.

All-around performance is another specialty of note with the handset. From a nice 4-inch display to a strong battery, the entire part of the device is designed with good deliberation. When it comes to the specs and features, there virtually have no enough shortcomings with the Samsung handset. It is also easy to do quick image editing with the handset. You can capture nice images using its 5-megapixel camera and get them edited in a matter of time using advanced tools.

Galaxy S Advance: Plus Points
Counting the plus points of the Galaxy S Advance, we have many things to talk about. Well, it has a 4-inch display for easy access to diverse media content. From surfing web to watching movies to playing game, the handset is perfect. To accelerate and steady up the performance, you have a dual core processor inside the gadget. Along with 768MB of RAM, the dual core-powered Advance performs well. Apart from a nice and longer battery, you have 5-megapixel rear camera on the device. That is, you won’t feel worse in getting high clarity images and video clips during your trips.

Galaxy S Advance: Shortcomings
Biggest downsizes of the Galaxy S Advance include the lack of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and poor light management on camera. Some users have also complained about echoing during calls, weak network connections and untrustworthy video capabilities.

Galaxy S Advance: Price and Availability
The handset has been available since April this year in major global markets. You can just spend around INR 20,000 to get the phone. Of course, it is one of the best midrange handsets available in stores for such a small price.


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  • vinod lakshkar

    this is good news for galaxy s advance holder….but update date wich month?

  • varun jha

    Please update me about samsung s advance updates

  • varun jha

    Please let me update about os update and zoomimg facilit update about my samsung s advance phone

  • Ganesh

    Hi… I have bought my Galaxy S Advance last month.. It is awesome.. Great except one thing isn’t functioning. While taking a snap, I cant able to zoom.. Can anyone suggest? Or Jelly Bean update will over this problem?

  • sao

    hey man i have downloaded uva free camera app on s advance and thus u can zoom while taking photo

  • sai

    i mean if u download uva silent free camera app u can zoom while taking photos in samsung galaxy s advance



  • Walter

    it’s a good news for me as a s advance user cause update to jelly bean,but when will be happen?…quick..quick…




    while roaming this do very much problem

  • Mahesh jawahar

    it doesn’t drop network. select network automatically solves the problem. there’s a problem with the Wi-Fi direct service. Bluetooth paired devices don’t get listed. doesn’t hang at all. never reboots like sgs 2. no camera zoom function and jelly bean update is gonna solve all above problems. excellent phone. more reliable and sturdy than sgs 2.

  • basant

    when was jelly bean update is coming is coming in s advance…..

  • ravi

    Hv purchase this phn before three weeks…
    Very nice ,and speedy to operate..
    1 very kind request to Samsung is to upgrade it with Android 4.0..
    Very eagerly waiting for that .
    Plz plz plz……do ur best for as soon as possible …

  • ankit

    why theres no zoom for camera

  • Sharad

    hi ,
    i just want to know in case i upgrade my current os of Samsung s advance then it’s will get violated ?
    any update on Jelly Bean OS

  • Sharad

    hi ,
    i just want to know in case i upgrade my current os of Samsung s advance then it’s warranty will get violated ?
    any update on Jelly Bean OS

  • Tdcpb1987

    Hey there. I would like to know something, does this upgrade mean that there will be a new Samsung S advance coming out or does it actually mean that you can upgrade your android system via internet or in some other way? Please someone explain!! Thank You

  • SubbaRao

    It Can be update to Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich ?

  • ujwal

    serious network problm……… can it be fixd??????
    i trid automtc network selection n manl too. it just
    dosnt work… i hav s advance frm past 3 months

  • Eduardo

    I just want to say that it really sucks big time that Samsung hasn’t already released Android 4.1 (or 4.0, which I already know will never happen) to this smartphone. COME ONE! It’s a +300€ phone! I kind of feel that I was victim of a fraud, actually. At least Apple releases iPhone with the latest OS available. Really disappointing, Samsung! It makes me want to go to the store and just return the phone. Sigh…

  • Copper

    No updates nothing ………… I heard Samsung stopped this model for network issues ……. how to have updates ……..

  • shahul thaufeek

    when will the android 4.1 come for galaxy s advance

  • ahfu

    the main question is when

    pls sent me an email if the update is available tnks

  • mgpaing

    Nice…I want to update to JB

  • Rahul khaitan

    Plz update me the OS update of Galaxy S Advance.

  • nitish

    planning to buy dis one
    dznt seek any good handset btwn dis range n i simply luved its model
    but y ics nt available fr dis still?
    y samsung stopped dis phone? is thr any technical probelem in it?
    kindly suggest fast coz i need to buy it

  • Cesar


  • icicle

    I want to upgrade to jellybean.

  • Shiv R Kushwaha

    serious network problm……… can it be fixd??????

  • Nanda

    When we get JB for s advance?

  • Dens

    hope the jelly bean update comes soon…then this phone will be the best..

  • http://aircel srinivas l rao

    Pls update jelly beans software as early as possible bcoz galaxy s duos has already get ics os compre advnd s duos cost is less so plz updte JBns os as erly as psbly thnk u.

  • arvind

    pls update jelly bean

  • JecJec

    Repairing network issue in samsung s advance :

    Setting>wireless network> mobile network> network mode> gsm only.

    i hope this work for those who have problems.

  • Tarun

    I don’t think there will be any upgrade to jelly bean. Although the hardware may support it, there will be problem in installing the OS. The set will have to be totally formatted and the program reloaded. There will be loss of data and some apps may not even function.

    Only way it can be done is to be taken back to the company for OS upgrade, certainly not by downloading.

    We have to be happy with firmware update that we get, and keep dreaming that we will get an OS upgrade soon….

  • Raj

    Do you have any battery issues? my battery doesnt even last for 24 hours all in all, i get less number of calls though….

  • http://no nv.chowdary

    please update galaxy s advance 4.1 as soon as possible

  • sajaztrance

    When…!??? Jellyyyu beammmmm any newssss!!!

  • haha

    jelly bean for what?

  • yeaha

    still waiting for jellybean………………….

  • Anand

    While purchaseing S advance, I was worried about the update of OS. But the news is awesome.. Well Can the udate give S advance zooming facility. becasue I am happy with camera and picture quality but without zoom it looks poor.

    I am waiting for Jellybean..

  • http://no nvchowdary

    iam weighting JB update please please please please please plz!zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Lucky

    I never wanted to buy a samsung phone but at that time, it was the only handset that was having enough specs to make me buy this phone.. Another good news was that it will be upgraded to ICS.. But it was a false statement from Samsung.. So if it can be upgraded to JB, then only spread the rumors.. Thanks….

  • Lucky

    By the way i bought it in August..

  • Nauman

    Hi, i bought samsung s advance 4 months back and i m facing a problem sometimes when a call comes after 20 seconds it gets silent and after that it hangs up then i restart the phone and then only it works,,,,
    Plz help me in this

  • saravanan

    We need soon.then only s advance will be competitve to another model.

  • mohit

    when we get jellybean for s advance plz tell

  • hafsal

    my s advanced .how to update ics? better ics/jelly beam?

  • Francisco

    Para quando a actualização do samsung galaxy S advance para o ultimo android 4.1

  • Javeed


    I’m using samsung s advance officially i need to install ICS to my cell

  • salman

    Can the new virson jelly bean solved my camera zoom problem