Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Preview

Interface:

You get Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box with the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus, and the maker's nature-inspired user interface is layered on top of it. The latter brings along plenty of handy features that stock Android lacks, such as Smart Stay, which prevents the smartphone's display from turning off as long as you're looking at it, and Direct Call, which dials the number of a contact you're viewing as soon as you bring the handset next to your ear. Of course, Jelly Bean solidifies the positive user experience even further with its increased responsiveness over older Android versions. One notable feature that is missing on our preview Samsung Galaxy S II Plus unit, however, is Google Now with its intelligent search and cards of information that pop-up when you need them, but our guess is that it should be available on a retail unit.



Processor and Memory:

While the old-school Samsung Galaxy S II was equipped with a dual-core, 1.2GHz Exynos chip, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus makes do with a SoC made by Broadcom, which also offers two Cortex-A9 cores running at 1.2GHz. On paper, its performance should be identical to that of Samsung's Exynos 4210, but we'll give it a proper testing when the time is right. There's a respectable 1GB of RAM on board and 8GB are allocated for all your storage needs (user-available capacity will be less). However, a 16GB variant of the Galaxy S II Plus is not out of the question since that's how much storage our prototype unit has to offer, but Samsung has yet to confirm officially the existence of such model. Behind the smartphone's back cover resides a microSD card slot that can take cards of up to 64GB in size.

Web Browser and Connectivity:

The Samsung Galaxy S II Plus comes with a stock web browser offering cool features like saving web pages for offline reading and placing web shortcuts to a home screen, but the option for automatic brightness adjustment is now absent for some reason. Adobe Flash is also missing, as it is on most recent Android devices, but there are ways of installing it manually if needed.


Connectivity-wise, the Galaxy S II Plus offers all of the features its predecessor had in stock, such as 21Mbps HSPA+, a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and FM radio, but now the GPS radio is complemented with support for GLONASS, which should result in improved accuracy. There will be an NFC-capable variant of the smartphone as well.

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10 Comments

1. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

To me it just looks like a cheapo Samsung galaxy SII. I would be really worried about battery life and GPU performance, but hey, let's wait for the reviews for a final saying. I only expect that they don't try to sell it with an initial price higher than the S2 like they did with the SIII mini!

2. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Just knowing that Jellybean is rolling out to the Galaxy S II users as we speak, I would rather get the original Galaxy S II with the Exynos processor.

3. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Seems a little pointless to me.

4. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Disappointing ! We are not idiot. SS thinks if they carry the name, people will buy all the s**t they produce. they are just ruining their greatest smartphone S2.

9. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Bet your ''Beloved'' iPhone carried the same name too. OOoohoohooh wait! LOOK AT OPTIMUS G? ITS GONNA HAVE OPTIMUS G2 next time! And when sammy released S3 ain't you saying they carry the name too? Oh and wait What about good old Desire? they made desire Z, HD and S......

5. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

This phone needs to be 300$ at Amazon

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

PA, I've been meaning to say this for a while now: your Galaxy S III side-view size-comparison image is WAY off, to the point where it, despite being 0.34" thick, is apparently much thinner than the 0.31" thick One S.

10. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I honestly don't see the point of the Galaxy S II Plus. I know for a fact that Virgin Mobile USA is selling the Spring version of the GS2 and Straight Talk has it as well. And plus, since JB is coming to the GS2, I don't get the point of this "Plus" version if nothing new was brought to the table.

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GALAXY S II Plus
  • 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)

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