Updated! Samsung Galaxy S Advance available April 27th from Three

Can't afford a Galaxy S III or S II? Samsung's latest mid-tier smartphone looks the part

If the Galaxy S III looks like it'll burn too big a hole in your wallet, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is available from Three on April 27th. Samsung announced that the mid-tier handset will be hitting the UK on April 30th, but Three seems to have jumped the gun.

The Galaxy S Advance is patterned after the Galaxy S II's design, albeit slightly curvier and sporting slightly less powerful hardware. Instead of the S II's 8MP rear camera, you get a 5MP snapper that'll shoot 720p video at 30fps, with a 1.3MP front camera instead of the S II's 2MP offering. And the Advance's 480x800 Super AMOLED display is 4in, versus the S II's 4.3in screen.

Under the hood, the Galaxy S Advance packs a 1GHz dual-core processor and 768MB RAM, alongside 8GB or 16GB of internal memory (expandable via a microSD slot). Rather disappointingly, it arrives running Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead of the increasingly ubiquitous Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Pricing has yet to be announced, though it's likely to be less than £300. If you're in the market for a Samsung mobile, it's worth holding out until the S III arrives, though – the S II is likely to drop in price, so there may be bargains to be had.

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