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Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE is an S II on steroids: 4.65-inch display, pixel density at whopping 316ppi

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Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE is an S II on steroids: 4.65-inch display, pixel density at whopping 316ppi
We’d usually leave the dramatic phrasing for something of the caliber of the iPhone 5, but this here Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE is pretty much everything an Android aficionado would dream of - except it’s currently landing only in Korea. Hopefully, that doesn’t mean that in a certain time in the future, we won’t see it land in the States. 

With this bright hope in mind, we’re looking at the S II HD LTE, where HD stands for the 720 x 1280 pixel resolution on the 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and LTE stands... well, for LTE for Korea. Yup, that’s 316ppi of pixel density, blowing away the original S II out of the water with its 218ppi. 

Update: But there seems to be a little catch - the display most probably uses PenTile technology so each pixel actually has only two instead of three subpixels. That 316ppi is then not comparable on the same basis with what other non-PenTile screens have. We've covered the issue of future HD Super AMOLED Plus displays in more detail here, but to put it shortly - using a subpixel count we'd arrive at a pixel density number of 216ppi, which is on par with the S II, so it really depends on the way one approaches the issue.

Under the hood of the S II HD LTE roars a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and the list of features continues with NFC, an 8-megapixel camera recording video at 1080p and a 1,850mAh battery.

The rest is pretty standard Galaxy S II looks with a slightly elongated home button on the bottom, and nearly the same slim profile with 0.37” (9.5 mm) of thickness, a hair thicker than the 0.33” (8.49mm) body of the original S II.

Along with the S II HD LTE, Samsung also unveiled the nearly identical Korea-bound Samsung Galaxy S II LTE. The difference between the two is mainly in the screen as the S II LTE has a smaller, 4.5-inch, and less dense, WVGA, display, but it's of the Super AMOLED Plus variety. 

The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE on the left, S II LTE on the right

The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE on the left, S II LTE on the right


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posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:18 1

1. DirtySoul (unregistered)


In the source, they don't mention Super Amoled PLUS, guess it's regular PenTile.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:31 4

6. John (unregistered)


In the near future Phone Arena will have to give news only on Samsung, because Samsung is taking over the world!!!!!!

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 07:12

20. Knicknevin (Posts: 150; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


The article clearly says "With this bright hope in mind, we’re looking at the S II HD LTE, where HD stands for the 720 x 1280 pixel resolution on the 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus display"

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 07:22

21. Victor.H (Posts: 684; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Thanks for mentioning that, DirtySoul! We've updated the article fixing that and adding some more details about the pixel density.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 07:54 1

29. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It's not really fair to compare the pixel density of SAMOLED+ and SAMOLED HD solely using subpixels like that though. No matter how you count the subpixels, 316 ppi AMOLED is going to look amazing. No, it won't be quite as clear as the 326 ppi Retina Display, but it will come close, PenTile or not.

In reality, the pixel density of a PenTile screen is somewhere in between the stated density (316 ppi) and the subpixel-biased density (210 ppi). The naked eye sees pixels first, and subpixels only when they show up as defects (jaggies, etc). The apparent pixel density will be somewhere in the area of 260 ppi.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 09:23

33. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


agree but should look awesome non the less

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 09:55 1

36. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The fact that it's AMOLED will make it look awesome. The effective pixel density will be on par with the OG Droid. It never made sense to me that screen sizes kept growing but screen resolution didn't. (I know...processing power requirements.)

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:19

2. Ivor (unregistered)


It's amazing!waiting for Galaxy s 2 hd lte.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:48 4

11. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


see you in 2013 then.. lol

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 07:37 2

24. Sam (unregistered)


A new phone every 3 months; getting better every time.
Buy a phone that lasts(remains non-outdated) at least for an year.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 11:02

44. bucky (Posts: 2704; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


it seems you shouldnt be looking at android for that-thank God for Xda Devs

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:24 1

3. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


well this is what am guessing the nexus prime will be with or without hardware buttons...amoled hd cant wait to see that in person

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:26 1

4. rex0422 (Posts: 30; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


I am definitely, definitely getting this phone- and make a review on it!!! (So should u- PhoneArena!!! John V.?)

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:29 6

5. sprintsucks (unregistered)


remember when the galaxy s2 was worth buying? yeah i remember that week

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:36 3

7. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I love the specs. I just don't like the Brand.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 07:33 1

23. Sam (unregistered)


Same with me :)`

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 07:46

27. jenulad (Posts: 11; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Which brand you want then? Apple? HTC?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 10:33 2

40. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I'm a HTC guy, but I'm considering a GS2. All of my friends who has Samsung are all having problems. But non of them has a Galaxy S model. So I'm hoping these are different.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 15:46

56. quakan (Posts: 1381; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


of course Apple

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:39

8. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


makes me think of that old popsicle commercial..... "the colors duke... the colors" i'm so hoping this is what the prime is rumored to be. i want the SGSII but if an hd screen is right around the corner maybe another month or 2 will be worth the wait

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:43 5

9. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


I wonder if this is basically the next Nexus

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:51

14. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what dillhole thumbed you down. specwise it sounds identical to the nexus... 720p screen, 4.65 inch display, 1.5ghz processor, ect

the only thing they will probably change is that large center button and get rid of it since it will be ICS and it doesnt have physical buttons. I really liked the design of that fake nexus prime they have been using as a stock photo, but something like this would probably be more realistic.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:58

17. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


This phone with ICS on TMO would be truly amazing. Hopefully October will end this agonizing wait.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 09:35

34. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Agreed, this sounds exactly like what the Nexus Prime is supposed to be, although maybe not that design.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 11:42

47. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


think we can start a petition to have samsung make it look like those fake chromed nexus photos? That thing looked pimp. Not normally a big guy for bling, but it really caught my eye.. lol

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:43 2

10. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


SAMSUNG is the best brand from now on they made electronic gadgets, cars, ship building, World tallest building in Dubai, etc

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:49

12. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Most people I know who owns a Samsung phone (not specifically Galaxy S models) are not happy in terms of long term durability. But I don't know, maybe the Galaxy S are different.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:52 1

15. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the galaxyS are definitely different. if your not going to buy top of the line samsungs, dont buy.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 07:00

18. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I'm actually very impressed with the SGSII specs. And all of the things that I'm reading about it are all good. I currently own a HTC Desire HD and I think it's getting really old now. I'm considering the SGSIII but still waiting. If nothing better comes out pretty soon I'll probably get this baby. Hopefully I won't get any problems.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:49

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Now you just have to wait almost forever (in cell phone market time) for Sammy to bring their new creation to the U.S. And when it is available in the U.S., Sammy will be announcing their latest and greatest new phone....

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