Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review, update: Android 4.4 KitKat ROM is now available for the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3.
The handset was released in June 2013 and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.
Specs of the unit include a 4-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 480 pixels and a ppi of 233.
It has a 5MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front-facing VGA snapper.
The device’s 1.2GHz processor is powered with 1 GB of RAM and it has 8GB of internal storagr available.
The reports on the unit having an Android 4.4 KitKat ROM available, particularly for its LTE version, came from a post on XDA Developers forum on June 30, 2014.
A year after it was launched.
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The $300 device does not sport the premium specs that other Samsung handsets have, but like the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus, it has a notable following.
It is one probable reason why the handset has an Android ROM available.
According to TechRadar, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 was part of Samsung’s initiative in providing an Android smartphone for every segment of the market.
Though it doesn’t have a premium feel and build like the flagships of the South Korean tech giant, it does deliver the Android experience that can be found across the board on Samsung’s other devices.
Not everyone is impressed though with the device.
CNET notes that it is “stingy on specs” and the 1.2GHz dual-core processor “is noting to write home about.” Its entry-level internal storage of 8GB is crammed and basically only allows 5GB of space.
The microSD support, however, enables you to use an external SD card for up to 64GB.
noted that the handset experiences lag when you move around menus and open apps.
But based on the magazine’s AnTuTu benchmark test, the Ace 3 is ahead of other dual-core handsets like the Galaxy Tab 3 and Sony Xperia L.
The specs of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is decent but it’s behind the times.
The likes of Nokia Lumia X, X2 and XL, Moto G, Moto E and even Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 and Duos 3 have made it a less appealing unit.
But thanks to its sturdy built and seemingly long-lasting design, the Ace 3 continuously commands a following and may well be one of the few handset that’s still relevant to users more than a year after it’s launch.