Samsung outs Galaxy S II Plus, with Android 4.1.2 and the Nature UX interface

Samsung outs Galaxy S II Plus, with Android 4.1.2 and the Nature UX interface
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.

source: Samsung

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.

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  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Broadcom BCM28155, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. Adithya7184 unregistered

specs are same as old s2....but still a good phone for mid-rangers...

11. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

This is so much better than the S3 mini!! but pricing will be interesting as s3 mini is overpriced and this cannot be launche > Rs. 26000 in India

32. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

I think Samsung made this phone just because they had some Galaxy S II parts left on the floor

38. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

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.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I don't see the purpose of releasing galaxy s2+ when it is exactly identical to the galaxy s2.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

There is few changes.

14. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

What changes?? 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..

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Actually there is a decrease in the storage capacity..." SGSII = MicroSD (up to 32GB) SGSII+ = MicroSD (up to 64GB) Does it looks like a decrease???

21. BiN4RY

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

What does the maximum supported SD card size has ANYTHING to do with the internal storage capacity

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It has nothing to do with that but in overall you can have more space than in SGSII and it is advantage.

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

What you will better prefer 32GB of internal + 32GB MicroSD on SGSII or 8GB of internal + 64GB MicroSD on SGSII+ ???

24. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

I am having a 64GB micro sd card(FAT32) by sandisk running on my GALAXY S2 I9100...

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Who knows what you are using, I guide on the official data.

30. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Read articles on GSMArena or PocketNow and you will know that there is more differences. I don't say that SGSII+ is better than SGSII or vice versa, I just state the fact that there is differences!

35. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012


43. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

It comes with a new zero shutter lag camera. Huge improvement there.

44. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

N the Gs iv bout too launch

3. ilia1986 unregistered

It's actually a slight downgrade when it comes to on-board storage, but it's good for those who want more power than the GS3 mini but still at an affordable price and with the latest software version.

4. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

So... Ummm the original Galaxy S2 won't get jelly bean? Because if it does then releasing this phone is pointless.

5. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

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?

8. ilia1986 unregistered

How bout rooting it and installing a custom rom?

29. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

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.

36. ilia1986 unregistered

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.

39. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

HTC gives update faster. Their One S is alomost the same like S2. It is enjoying JB and we are still eating Ice-cream....

42. ilia1986 unregistered

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.

9. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

The original SGS2 will get jellybean, samsung already confirm this

10. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

i beleive GS2 is to receive JB update. The only + for this model is that it has the latest UI and OS out of the box, so u can expect that to go uptil Android 5.0 ( though u never know!!)

28. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

If this phone can go up to android 5.0 then why can't the GS2?

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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.

40. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

I can't. Nexus devices aren't available in my country.

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