Will it get ICS? That is the question. Samsung has a nice piece of hardware in its Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160. For a phone which we found for sale at Php14,590 it has a decently large 3.8-inch display with a WVGA resolution (480 x 800). It is pretty decent behind the display too, with a dual-core 800MHz processor and Mali-400MP graphics on a NovaThor chipset. It has a decent amount of RAM at 768MB. More than some of its more expensive rivals.
Internal storage is 4 GB, expandable via a MicroSD card. Internal storage is enough so it should not be an issue. This phone has the same 5 MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy Ace of last year, and it is one pretty decent camera. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has a front cam and can also capture 720p video.
Take off the back cover and you get a 1500mAh battery, which is a very decent size for this type of phone. All-in-all, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has some very good hardware tucked in its 10.5 mm thin body for its 15K asking price.
The only question is, will this phone get an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? A video advertisement of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 seems to indicate it will, but there has been no official announcement from Samsung.
We suggest waiting before buying this one. Nice kit for the money. But if it joins the Samsung Galaxy SL, Galaxy W and Galaxy S Advance in the category of great-hardware-for-the-money, but-not-updated-to-the-current-operating-system, than it wont feel life a good deal after all.