Besides dual-core, Samsung Galaxy S2 might also be the thinnest smartphone

Besides dual-core, Samsung Galaxy S2 might also be the thinnest smartphone
A Korean newspaper claims to have more details on the upcoming sequel of the Samsung Galaxy S, which is scheduled for announcement at the MWC expo in Barcelona in three weeks. The phone, dubbed Samsung Galaxy S2, for the lack of more creative thinking, might drop a bombshell by having Samsung's own dual-core monster of a chipset inside.

The Orion silicon promises better graphics performance than Tegra 2, as well as support for desktop-grade DDR3 memory, while the RAM on the Galaxy S is said to receive a bump from 512MB to 1GB. The 4GB ROM and 32GB of internal memory rumors look more like a wishful thinking to us, as these are the most expensive components in a cell phone, and might make the price prohibitive, if all are there at once. Who knows, Sammy is producing its own flash memory, so some economies of scale might kick in. The company is hoping to sell 10 million Galaxy S2 phones this year.

The Galaxy S2 should sport a larger 4.3" display with the new Super AMOLED Plus technology, which is supposedly more balanced in terms of color saturation, and has enhanced brightness. The resolution stays the same 480x800 pixels, but Samsung has ditched the PenTile matrix arrangement, and now we have three subpixels for each pixel, which should make the image even more detailed. See our demo of said screen on the Samsung Infuse 4G, heading for AT&T.

Obviously this display allows for extremely thin handsets too, since the Koreans claim that the phone will have 0.35" (9mm) thickness. That's less than the thinnest smartphones on the market - the iPhone 4 and the LG Optimus Black (our hands-on here). The Infuse 4G looks razor thin, but the exact dimensions are not specified yet. Still, it manages to pack an LED flash, so hopefully the Samsung Galaxy S2 will have one too. The lack of flash was the main drawback on the original.

The other goodies that round-up the droolworthy package are an 8MP camera capable of 1080p Full HD video (duh!), and a built-in NFC chip, like on the Nexus S. It will, of course, run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but there are references to a feature called "Personal Cloud Computing", which probably is akin to what HTCSense.com provides for remote control and management of your phone.

We'll be at the MWC expo next month and will fetch you all the details on the Galaxy S2, which is expected to be unveiled on February 13th.

Source: Nocutnews (translated) via Careace

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16 Comments

3. pink unregistered

Ok so it will be available this summer with Gingerbread- alas Honey comb and maybe even Ice cream will be out by then. Samsung will come up with a new phone by year end and never offer to upgrade the operating system. so if you buy it in July you better plan to keep it for a few years with an old operating system- and watch HTC and Moto. phones of the same vintage get Ice Cream and Jelly bean Android.

7. calamazoo unregistered

actually it will go on sale in march. honeycomb is for tablets only for now, the ice cream update will be pretty minor. i haven't heard of a single manufacturer that is not having troubles updating their handsets to the newest version. everybody is just learning to use android and plan their updates, it will pass with time, it's not a reason enough not to buy awesome hardware... unless, of course, the next iPhone is more awesome :-)

4. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

It would be a waste if at&t got this

10. magnus unregistered

You mean a ghastly tragedy

5. Socalvenom unregistered

I understand phones are supposed to be thin enough to the point of being comfy but why make a super thin phone it's going to break under various types of stress why would anyone buy a phone that someday may be as thin as a sheet of paper? idk as for Samsung I think they make wonderful products but what's the point if instead of releasing updates they make the customers buy another phone just to enjoy new features example: 2.1= 2.2 I'v been waiting for the update on my Vibrant to long!!! it's not fare that HTC phones get better treatment just because android started with HTC

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

HTC isnt any better at updates than Samsung, or motorola for that matter. they all suck. there is also no garuntee that any phone will be updated, nor as a consumer should u think that you are entitled to any updates other than the one the phone came with.. unless expressly told so by the manufacturer, not a sales rep. The galaxyS was promised 2.2 by samsung out of the gate, so the frustration is justified, but i wouldnt expect any further updates. The phone manufacturers are in the business of selling phones, so why wouldnt u expect them to keep launching new phones? You dont think that internally they are already 2-4 phone generations ahead? Because they are. We are talking about galaxyS 2 specs while they are readying galaxyS 4 specs and roadmaps.

12. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

When Sony Ericsson CEO states: life time support for the x10..... i expect proper, timely and ongoing updates. Not one update and then wash your hands of its existence.

8. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

"The resolution stays the same 480x800 pixels, but Samsung has ditched the PenTile matrix arrangement, and now we have three subpixels for each pixel, which should make the image even more detailed." Huh? First off, the PenTile matrix had 5 subpixels, not 3. And secondly, how does having more subpixels make an image more detailed?

9. Pepe unregistered

"The PenTile RGBW uses one third fewer subpixels for the same resolution as the RGB Stripe (RGB-RGB) layout" From Wikipedia.... Actually a Pentile display uses less pixels for the "same" resolution and that is noticed specially when displaying text.

11. cheetah2k

Posts: 2242; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

For God sakes Samsung, can we have a working (not half assed) GPS support?? And please fix the Galaxy S lag while you're at it!

13. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

800x480? No thanks. Its fucking 2011 and this phone isn't going to be released until summer. The iPHone has had the crown in highest resolution for a long ass time. I really think its time to bump up the res to 720p.

15. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Resolution doesn't matter so much, they've improved the pixel density so you get even sharper images.

14. chinakidoliver.iab

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

looks friggin ugly

19. akmal

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 12, 2011

I am having problum that my galaxy s2 when i am using this mobile is goes on flight mode atomicticaly and hangup help me

20. akmal

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 12, 2011

My email add is m_akmal@me.com so fix this problums for above comments my mobile hangup and goes to flight mode automaticaly pls fix problums

21. akash unregistered

i m confused between sony erricson arc and samsung galaxy 2 can anyone suggest me some thing

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