Samsung Galaxy S2 dated and detailed

Samsung Galaxy S2 dated and detailed

We're holding our breaths waiting to get our hands on Samsung's Galaxy S2, the follow up to the excellent Galaxy S that featured among our top 10 smartphones of 2010.

And in the last couple of days things have taken two mighty leaps forward, as first Samsung all but confirmed the S2's launch date and now we've had a detailed specification of just what it'll be bringing to the table.

Samsung has scheduled an event in Barcelona for February 13, the day before Mobile World Congress kicks off, dropping the intriguing catchline “evolution is fate”. You can check out the supporting Samsung microsite for yourself, but it's fairly obvious what's coming, even if Samsung goes with a different name to Galaxy S2 for the final product.

And on the back of that exciting news comes a splurge of specs from Korean site Nocut News, spotted by Android Community, detailing what promises to be one of the most formidable handsets of the year.

Dual-core processing goodness is present, as you'd expect, with the 1GHz Orion chip being composed of twin ARM Cortex A9 cores. Running alongside a full 1GB or RAM that should make child's play of even the most demanding of multitasking chores.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is also on board, but the real star of the show should be the Galaxy S2's gargantuan 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display, a step up from the Galaxy S' already impressive 4in panel.

Full HD 1080p video shooting sweetens the deal still further, if Nocut's facts are correct, while an 8-megapixel stills camera round the back should be good for some decent enough impromptu snaps.

Some observers have speculated from the words “evolution is fate” on the MWC teaser that Samsung is preparing to wow us with an Long Term Evolution (LTE) handset – one of a handful of network technologies able to officially carry the mythical '4G' title. But even if next-gen connectivity speeds aren't present on the Galaxy S2, sounds like there's plenty else to get excited about.

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morpheus  Jan. 20, 2011 at 18:57

Sounds great, just hope that all of the problems that have dogged the Galaxy S don't come through to this S2.

The poser for me though... what size phone screen is too big? The wife has the Desire and I think that is a great sized sceeen...

Also wonder what the battery will be like on the S2?

Kashim  Jan. 21, 2011 at 09:48

I'd say 5 inches is too big. I've tried the dell streak and I'd say it's too close to tablet territory.

Battery life should be better due to a dual core processor which will be able to carry out the same tasks at a lower wattage but it's entirely down to the architecture of the chip.

Judging from Samsung's performance in the past from where updates take forever, it made me come to the conclusion that samsung just can't write decent code and I'll probably miss this one out. Shame as I loved my D600 which I had for about 5 years.

StuStu  Jan. 21, 2011 at 10:53

morpheus, what problems have dogged the Galaxy S? Do you actually own one?
The reason I ask is because I do and apparently there's a GPS problem which I've never seen or had (my GPS picks up almost instantly most of the time but I do have the mast triangulation turned off).

Battery life is not good, but it's no worse than the Desire or iPhone 4 and unlike the latter which is fixed, I have a couple of spare batteries.

The main reason many of my friends and colleagues have avoided the Galaxy in all honesty is one:

There's no flash. Personally, it doesn't bother me, but as a comparison with the Desire HD, it's a clincher for some.

Also, HTC are getting clever with their marketing of HTC Sense and I don't see Samsung having the same gimmickry. For instance, we have Swype which is, for me, a must-have - I think I would struggle without it now. And then there's the Mobile AP thingy which I use constantly.

bigmo7  Jan. 21, 2011 at 12:04

Agreeing with StuStu here, apart from not having a flash that's the only problem it has, GPS lock differs from firmware to firmware but mine's been real quick to pick up.

@Kashim, you say Samsung can't write decent code, well even if that was true, the after market developers can. You can go on XDA and devs have written codes for pretty much ever single Android phone so as an excuse to not buy a Samsung phone, imo it's a poor one.

Kashim  Jan. 24, 2011 at 12:16


While there are people who are quite happy to route and flash new roms on to their devices there are people in this world that are not capable / willing / brave whatever you want to call it to do so. The notion that you can do it yourself doesn't apply to everyone as not everyone has the capacity to do so.

I personally don't have a problem with it but there are other features that I don't care for such as the Keis?(sp) software for updates, as someone coming from OTA updates that is a step backwards into iPhone territory which is what I'd like to avoid. Also I've never been a fan of the touch wiz UI.

bigmo7  Jan. 27, 2011 at 10:54

Then it's easy enough to get another launcher so you don't have to use Touchwiz U...


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