The Samsung Galaxy S made quite a splash when it was launched last year, and became one of the most popular Android smartphones on the market. A sequel was inevitable, but would it be a subtle refresh or a completely new device? Samsung’s lengthy press conference at MWC last night supplied the answer – the Samsung Galaxy S II is a hugely exciting, brand-new powerhouse of a phone.
There have been a variety of leaks surrounding the Galaxy S II, but even though we had an idea of what was coming, nothing could prepare us for the actual numbers involved. Here are the key features of the new Galaxy smartphone:
- A 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 800.
- A dual-core 1GHz processor.
- An 8 megapixel camera with an LED flash, plus a 2 megapixel forward-facing lens.
- 3G with HSDPA.
- Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct.
- Bluetooth 3.0.
- Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0.
The two biggest changes over the Galaxy S are obviously the screen size and the processor. The 4.3″ screen is a Super AMOLED Plus item, promising 50% more subpixels over its predecessor, meaning even sharper images and text. Samsung also say the viewing angle is much wider and that it performs better outside too.
The dual-core processor hiding inside the S II is likely not a Tegra 2 chip, but Samsung’s own. Previously known as the Orion, the new SoC has had a name change to become the Exynos, and if the blurb around the camera lens is to be believed, is capable of handling 1080p HD video recording at 30fps!
Other Galaxy S II features include NFC support, an accelerometer and a gyroscope, Flash 10.1, a gigabyte of RAM and a special GPU for even better gaming performance. Samsung has managed to wrap all of this super-tech inside a very thin chassis, measuring just 8.49mm, making it the thinnest smartphone to hit the market; and it even stuffs a 1650mAh inside too!
Samsung also detailed a few of the software changes for TouchWiz, including a new Reader Hub for reading eBooks and digital magazines, a Gaming Hub for a new range of games, the Music Hub where Samsung has partnered with 7digital and finally, the Social Hub, where all your communication channels are brought together in one place.
Like Sony Ericsson, Samsung aren’t wasting any time getting the Galaxy S II on to the shelves, and it’s expected to be released later this month. We can’t wait for this one.