Comparison - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus vs Sony Xperia U
Translated by Loh Ving Sung
06 June 2012 - We continue our entry-level comparisons and this week it is between the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus and Sony Xperia U.
Both phones are powered by the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform, and share a good amount of connectivity options such as HSPA, WiFi support, DLNA and WiFi hotspot. Both have 5-megapixel cameras that shoot 2592 x 1944 pixels. They also share 512 RAM for performance.
But there is where the similarities end, the Ace Plus has the slightly larger 3.65-inch screen while the Xperia U has the 3.5-inch screen. But it is the Xperia U’s smaller screen fitted with a Mobile Bravia Engine that comes with a higher resolution (480 x 854 pixels vs 320 x 480 pixels) compared to the Ace Plus.
With the smaller screen, the Xperia U has the smaller chassis between the two. Sony’s phone is also a tad thicker compared to the Ace Plus (12mm vs 11.2mm), but the 115 gram Ace Plus is 5 grams lighter compared to its counterpart.
We mentioned earlier that they are both Gingerbread devices, but both companies customised the Android platform with their own skins for a distinct experience. Samsung has skinned the Ace Plus with TouchWiz UI while the Xperia U comes with the TimeScape UI.
On the performance front, the Xperia U is has a dual-core 1 GHz processor and the Ace Plus has a single core 1GHz processor. The Xperia U has 8GB internal memory only, while the Ace Plus has 3GB with a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB.
While the Ace Plus has a front facing camera, the Xperia U’s rear camera is able to record up to 720p video.
The Xperia U is officially priced at RM899. As for the Galaxy Ace Plus, we will base its price on its predecessor, the Galaxy Ace, which was priced at RM999. Comparing them, there is a RM100 or a 10 percent difference between the two of them.
With the lower price point, higher-resolution display and attractive chassis, the RM899 Xperia U looks like the more prudent purchase between the two.
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Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus
HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + 3.65-inch Touchscreen slate + 5-megapixel camera + 3GB Internal Storage + MicroSD slot, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), DLNA, WiFi Hotspot
Samsung announced the follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy Ace, called the Galaxy Ace Plus. And the follow-up has a faster 1GHz processor, plus it still rocks a 7.2Mbps HSDPA receiver and WiFi connectivity, 3.65-inch HVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel rear camera, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and microSD memory card slot.
The Ace Plus powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and skinned with TouchWiz UI, ChatON, Social Hub, Music Hub and Samsung Apps.
Samsung confirmed the phone will arrive later in the month in Russia, and will eventually be released in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Europe, the Middle East, CIS, Africa and China. No word on the price yet, but we expect to see this one hitting Malaysian shores very soon.
Sony Xperia U
HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + 3.5 touchscreen candybar + 5-megapixel camera + 8GB Internal Storage + Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), DLNA, WiFi Hotspot
Sony’s Xperia U has the smallest display (3.5-inch) among the Xperia lineup. However, it sports a 1GHz dual-core processor running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). There is an 8GB internal storage and a 5-megapixel camera which is capable of HD video recording.
On the exterior of the Xperia U, you can spot the same small transparent bar that can be found in the Xperia S and Xperia P.
If you want to personalise your phone, the bottom cap can be swapped to a different colour, to match the user’s mood. There is the colour-matching illuminated bar at the bottom, which is the trademark of the new "Iconic Identity" style of new Xperias.
The smartphone was released for RM899 and is available with contract bundles.
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