Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Preview


Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus offers an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with single LED flash. The snapper is touted for being free of shutter lag and capable of taking 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Unfortunately, the camera software on our unit was kind of twitchy so don't judge its quality by the several photo samples that you'll find below.

The camera interface on the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus does not differ from what you'd see on high-end models like the Galaxy Note II or Galaxy S III. What we like about it is how much control it gives to the user with its numerous scene modes and all the camera settings you can tweak. The two slots for shortcuts are very handy for enabling quick access to modes and settings you use most often.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Sample Video:

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Indoor Sample Video:


At first, the default music player on the Galaxy S II Plus seems rather stock-ish, but it does come with a few very neat additional features. One of them is the 7-band equalizer and all of its presets, complemented by several audio enhancements that add extra bass and reverb effects to your music. The other cool thing that the player can do is to build playlists of songs based on a mood you specify, ranging from exciting and joyful to calm and passionate. That is done via Music square, which scans your library and picks the tracks that suits your preferences best.

The video player refused to cooperate most of the time during our testing, but when it did work, it could handle 1080p video without breaking a sweat. It doesn't offer much in terms of advanced features, but one unique thing it can do is to play video in a separate window, which hovers above your home screen.


Looking at what the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus is shaping up like, we find it safe to say that it's going to be a mid-range Android smartphone worthy of attention. Yes, we know that its hardware specs are so 2011, but in reality, an alternative handset of this class will have about the same bang to buck ratio.

On the other hand, we're very disappointed to see that a “Plus” refresh to a 2011 top-of-the-line handset offers nothing to justify its name with other than a new coat of paint and a software update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which the old-school Samsung Galaxy S II is expected to get anyway, along with the maker's Nature UI and its standout features. It would have made more sense if the old model was nowhere to be found on the market, but as a matter of fact, it is still available via many retailers online, and we doubt that the supposedly superior Plus model is any better than the old one.

Perhaps the real reason why Samsung is launching the S II Plus is that it managed to bring down its production costs to a very low level and will attempt to squeeze even more profit out of its former Android flagship, but whether it will succeed is anyone's guess at this time. To tell you the truth, the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus can't get us excited, but we'll give it our final verdict once we get to play with a final unit.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Video Preview:



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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  • 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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