Samsung Galaxy S II officially confirmed: dual-core chipset, 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus
All of this power is packed in a super thin body - at just 0.33 inches (8.49mm) thick the phone is the thinnest to hit the market so far - the back design is very much reminiscent of the Samsung Infuse 4G for AT&T, so it will probably be as thin too. The screen will have a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, but Super AMOLED Plus means 50% more subpixel count than what we have on the Samsung Galaxy S, making it much sharper, especially when reading text. Brightness and power consumption are also improved compared to Super AMOLED, and in the end Sammy states:
"Using RealStripe screen technology and a greatly increased sub-pixel count, Super AMOLED Plus complements the mechanics of the human eye to recognize images look clearer and more detailed than ever before. With a wider viewing angle and increased visibility in outdoor, the Samsung GALAXY S II provides a more vibrant viewing experience than any other mobile device."
In the camera department we have an 8-megapixel shooter on the back capable of 1080p Full HD video recording at 30fps (the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset only does 24fps 1080p recording), while on the front there is a 2-megapixel camera which might be of good use for video calls. Samsung will not waste any time with it - the Galaxy S II will be launched this month!
The phone will also support NFC, while in the software department, Gingerbread will be spiced up with Samsung's TouchWiz UI 4.0, the latest and supposedly the best of Samsung's Android skinning. Samsung's dual-core monster debuted in its GSM reincarnation at the MWC, with 4G HSPA+ capabilities of up to 21Mbps download speeds - provided that your carrier can supply them, of course.
One of the biggest news about the Galaxy S II is the fact that Samsung is likely using its own dual-core Exynos 4210 chip, previously known as Orion. This puts the device on par with all the latest dual-core powerhouses - the Motorola ATRIX 4G, the Motorola DROID BIONIC and the LG Optimus 2X, and maybe even further, we will try and run some benchmarks on it when we are making the hands-on.
The 4.3-inch screen seems like a safe bet on Samsung's side as bigger (think 4.5") screens haven't yet won users approval. Stay tuned as we are in Barcelona and we are eager to get our hands on one of these!