Samsung Galaxy portfolio adds four handsets as Ace, Mini, Fit and Gio arrive

Population expansion is the name of the game for Samsung’s Android-running Galaxy series. Today, four new handsets join the fray

Galaxies tend to be large and full of stars, planets, miscellaneous bits of rock, spaceships and aliens. So Samsung’s Galaxy series is looking a bit thin, with only the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab shining bright enough to see with a gadget telescope. Until now, because Samsung’s just expanded its universe by four Galaxy products – the Ace, Mini, Fit and Gio.

Samsung Galaxy Ace (March 2011)

Either Sammy’s getting all streetwise or it’s getting really excited about the Australian Open. The Ace is a 3.5in HVGA, 800MHz Android 2.2 (Froyo) smartie topped with a 5MP LED flash-toting cam. It’s 3G and Wi-Fied up, has a 2GB memory and supports up to 32GB of microSD cargo.

Samsung Galaxy Mini (March 2011)

Mini by name, mighty by nature. Or not – the small Sammy has only 600MHz of processing power and a poxy 3.15in screen. On the plus side, it’s running Froyo, has Wi-Fi and 3G data and supports up to 32GB of microSD storage (on top of the 2GB in the box). Backside, there’s a 3MP cam – retro, huh?

Samsung Galaxy Fit (March 2011)

If you were expecting some kind of exercise companion, think again. If you were expecting the Galaxy Fit to be a smartphone hottie, well, it’s alright. But with only a 600MHz brain to back up that beauty, it may struggle with some of Froyo’s more intensive requests. Still, there’s graphics acceleration included, plus a 5MP cam, 2GB storage (plus 32GB microSD support) and the usual Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy Gio (April 2011)

As middleweight phones go, the Ace and the Gio are the picks of this litter, each packing the 800MHz silicon that should manage most of what Android 2.2 throws at it. The Gio is backed by the less impressive 3MP AF snapper, but otherwise looks relatively similar on paper.

All Sammy’s new Galaxy wares have TouchWiz UI and QuickType by Swype, plus the usual accelerometer, compass and proximity sensors. Prices are yet to be announced, but we should be able to squeeze those out of Samsung at next month’s Mobile World Congress.