It’s now less than two months until Mobile World Congress 2011 kicks off in Barcelona and the rumours have started to gather pace, starting with this interesting titbit regarding the follow-up to the ultra-successful Samsung Galaxy S.
Samsung’s top-end Android smartphone was announced back in March 2010 and has given birth to many international variations, so it’s due for a refresh sometime soon. MWC is a logical choice to unveil its successor and if comments published in a Korean newspaper are to be believed, that’s exactly what they’re going to do.
We can expect the Galaxy S2 to use 2011′s must-have mobile processor, a dual-core chip; however the big question is which one in particular. The Tegra 2, a chip which Samsung has recently placed an sizeable order for, is probably the best known at the moment – and will be used in LG’s Android-based rival phone, the Optimus 2X – but Samsung has their own dual-core processor in the works too. Named the Orion, the dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 is expected to offer twice the power and five-times the graphical ability of Samsung’s current top processor, the Hummingbird.
Moving away from the very technical side, the phone is also highly likely to use Android 2.3 Gingerbread and feature NFC capabilities. Phonearena chips in with some other potential specs not included in the newspaper report, including a 4.3″ Super AMOLED screen, an 8 megapixel camera and 1080p video recording, a feature made possible by the dual-core processor.
Will the new Galaxy phone steal the show? Possibly, but we think it’s going to have some stiff competition this year!