The successor for the popular Galaxy S Android OS smartphone has just been officially announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy S II will have a larger display than its predecessor, a faster processor, and better camera.
This will run Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1 GHz dual-core processor from Samsung. There will be versions with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage as well as a microSD memory card slot potentially giving it 32 GB more capacity.
The Galaxy S II is going to have a remarkably slim bar shape built around a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen with a WVGA (480x800) resolution.
In addition to HSPA+ 3G cellular wireless networking, this model -- AKA the Samsung GT-I9100 -- is going to feature Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, an A-GPS receiver, and DLNA.
The specifications list includes an 8 MPx camera with FullHD (1080p) video recording at 30fps, while a 2.0-megapixel front-facing camera will be used for video conferencing.
One version of the Galaxy S II will include support for Near Field Communication (NFC), something that is built into Android OS 2.3. This allows users to read information off of everyday objects like stickers and posters that are embedded with NFC chips.
The smartphone will also boast an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor, as well as 1650mAh battery.
Overall, this Samsung model is going to be 4.9 by 2.6 by 0.3 inches (125 x 66 x 8.5mm) and 4.0 ounces (116g).
Price and Availability
The official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S II today was timed to take place the day before the start of the MWC tradeshow, but this high-end model is close to release in Europe and Asia. There was no word today on a U.S. debut, however.
A price for this smartphone has not yet been revealed.
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