Samsung outs Galaxy S II Plus, with Android 4.1.2 and the Nature UX interface
posted by Daniel P. / Jan 10, 2013, 3:46 AM
Samsung just announced the rumored Galaxy S II Plus on the hush-hush, and the specs don't differ from the ones it had on its 2011 flagship, but the phone is breathed new life by loading it from the get-go with Android 4.1.2.
It also supplied it with its latest Nature UX interface, which features options like Smart Stay that keeps the screen on when you are are looking at it, and PopUp Play, which detaches the current video in a separate hover window, so you can do something else underneath.
Other than that, the specs stay a 4.3" WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2 GHz dual-core chip, a gig of RAM, 8 GB of storage plus a microSD slot, 21Mbps HSPA+ radio, and an 8 MP rear camera with zero shutter lag this time.
Samsung only enabled the NFC radio from the box for certain markets, and called it a day. We can imagine the Galaxy S II Plus will be selling dirt cheap, and it is still a Samsung, so it would fit well in the hearts of Android fans in emerging markets, and not only.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today Samsung GALAXY S II Plus, which combines the performance that have made the GALAXY S II one of the world’s most recognized phones, together with nature-inspired user-interface and intuitive features that greatly boost its usability and functionality.
• The GALAXY S II Plus runs on Android™ 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) enabling faster and smoother screen transitions, and providing an enhanced user interface featuring a new, easier-to-use notification panel. It is powered by an impressive 1.2 GHz dual core processor that enables easy multi-tasking, smooth screen transitions and superior graphics for some of the most demanding applications and games.
• The GALAXY S II Plus’ nature-inspired user-interface is complemented with intuitive features that make the phone really easy to use. Direct Call enables users to automatically dial a call by taking the device to the ear. Smart Stay recognizes whether the user is looking at the screen to dim the screen accordingly; while Smart Alert lets users know about missed events or status updates just by picking up the phone.
• The GALAXY S II Plus also sports a range of additional features that boost performance and the overall experience in entirely new ways. Popup Video allows a video to play anywhere on the screen in a resizable pop-up window while simultaneously running other tasks, eliminating the need to close and restart videos when checking new emails or surfing the Web. S Voice lets users control the phone using their voice; and Voice Unlock lets users unlock the phone using their own voice.
• A 4.3” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display offers a generous viewing experience and enables photos captured with the powerful 8MP camera to be enjoyed in true clarity.
• The rear camera features a zero-lag shutter speed that captures moving objects easily without delay. The innovative ‘Buddy photo share’ function also allows images to be easily and simultaneously shared with friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery. Additional features include Group Facetag and Face Zoom to deliver a complete photographic experience. The device is packed with the latest Samsung content services including AllShare Play, which lets users share content across Samsung devices using a single account and password. Users can also enjoy all the benefits of Samsung Hubs, including the latest versions of Readers Hub, Video Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub.
This would be a good phone off contract. $300-$400 max or even less. Id buy it. Its powerful enough and its still a great phone.
LTE is a big +, that the more powerful LG Nexus doesnt offer ironically.
Actually there is a decrease in the storage capacity and is a bit heavy than the original one..
The only change I think is the exterior-color(now available in pebble blue) and hyperglaze..
Don't get me wrong. I mean how much money people from 'emerging market' have? I myself just got my original SGS2 6 months ago and now if it doesn't get jelly bean, what am I supposed to do with it? sh*t on it?
Why the hell would I root it and void my warranty. If I am to root it, then why would I buy a new device from the showroom? There were and is plenty of second hand deals. Samsung just doesn't care of their previous flagships just after the new one's are out in the market. But they never understand that this is the device for which the GS3 got i's success.
First of all: it is reported that the GS2 will be updated to jb.
Second of all: when it comes to phone manufacturers - Samsung provides updates at a far faster rate than any others when it comes to non nexus devices.
Third of all: you don't have to void your warranty. You can always unroot the phone should you need to.
Fourth of all: Samsung is giving you a CHOICE: either root your existing GS2 now OR wait for the official firmware update OR buy a new GS2 with half the internal storage, but with the latest firmware version. CHOICE = GOOD.
That would be all.
The One S is a much newer device than the S2. Thus, it received updates significantly faster. Not that it helped HTC that much given their current financial status. Your argument is moot.
Again- if you want - you can root your GS2 and enjoy 4.2.1 courtesy of a billion of custom mods.
no one knows what android 5.0 is.. or if its even coming out in the next few years. I would guess we'd see 4.3 and 4.4 as well as maybe even 4.5 before we see 5.0.
Samsung is updating the SGS2's to ICS/JB. Current flagships always get priority. If you dont like waiting then get a nexus.
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