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Samsung took us a little by surprise the other day, when it started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Gingerbread-running Galaxy Ace 2. But now it appears Sammy has some other plans for the entry-level family, specifically the launching of a third-generation Ace.

If we are to trust Sam Mobile’s always informed sources, the GT-S7272 (aka Galaxy Ace 3) is to hit the market in week 22-23 of 2013. That’s sometime between May 27 and June 9, which definitely fits the bill given the second-gen Ace was first out in May 2012.

Apparently, Sammy is prepping several significant upgrades for the Galaxy Ace 3, starting with the display size’s bump from 3.8 to 4 inches. The resolution is unknown at this time, while the rear-facing camera will likely be the same old 5 MP unit.

Another important enhancement could come in the processor department. The Ace 2 packs a dual-core NovaThor U8500 clocked at 800 MHz, whereas the Ace 3 is said to come with a mystery 1.2 GHz CPU rocking two cores.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

Unfortunately, the measly 1,500 mAh battery will remain the same and there will only be 4 GB of storage inside the Ace 3, meaning the 4-incher will still be stuck in the low-end niche. Hopefully, the 768 MB of RAM will be upgraded to one full gig, while the on-board software will definitely be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

There’s no way to know exactly how will the Galaxy Ace 3 look, but chances are Samsung won’t drift away from the first and second-gen’s designs too much. Another assumption we can make is a big chunk of the marketing campaign will be focusing on design, as the Ace 3 is expected to be available from day one in four color options – Metallic Black, Metallic Blue, Pure White and Wine Red.

As for pricing, Sam Mobile expects the dual-SIM variant of the phone to go for around €300 on the old continent. A US release is unlikely to ever happen, but never say never, right?

All things considered, does the Ace 3 sound like enough of an upgrade over the second-gen Ace? Would you get it for €300 or are you hoping it’s going to be cheaper after all?