For all those who miss the slick, edgy design of the 2011 smash-hit Galaxy S II, and are looking forward begrudgingly to a curvy Galaxy S IV, there's a way out, if you don't feel the need to hold a flagship phone. Samsung retrofitted the Galaxy S II with features suited for 2013 (except 4G LTE), and launched it as the wee bit thicker Galaxy S II Plus.
The 4.3-incher features a Super AMOLED Plus display that retains the 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA) resolution, a new-generation (translates to higher battery life) dual-core CPU clocked at 1.20 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory (expandable to 64 GB with micro-SDXC) and the new Android 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean" OS, with a pinch of Samsung (Hub, Apps, Kies, AllShare, ChatOn, etc.). The company didn't give out pricing/availability details, but in all likelihood, it could grab an upper-mainstream price-point.
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.