Devices from Samsung’s Galaxy S series were released by all of the top U.S. carriers last year, as well as in many other countries. Its successor is going to be announced next month, and some of the specifications for this upcoming Android OS device have leaked out already.
Those in the U.S. can be forgiven for not being overly familiar with the name “Galaxy S” because the carriers in this country renamed their versions. There was the Samsung Captivate from AT&T, Verizon released the Samsung Fascinate, T-Mobile introduced the Samsung Vibrant T-Mobile, while the Samsung Epic 4G launched from Sprint.
Samsung has invited journalists to an event on February 13. The invitation has a picture of the Galaxy S next to the outline of a new smartphone that’s labeled “Evolution Is Fate.” The implication is clear: this event will be the unveiling of the follow-up model.
The invitation also promises a “Preview teaser from Feb. 1st,” so dome official details on this upcoming model should come out next week.
A Glimpse of the Future
Although Samsung is trying to keep its cards close to its chest, some of the details of its upcoming new series of smartphones have leaked out already.
The name isn’t available yet, so many are calling it the Galaxy S2 as the temporary “place-holder” name.
Whatever this series ends up being called, unconfirmed reports indicate that it will run Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a Samsung Orion 1 GHz dual-core processor, and sport 1 GB of RAM.
An image of the Galaxy S2 that has leaked out shows that it will have a tablet shape. It will reportedly be built around a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. At one point, it was reported that this display will have a resolution of 1280 x 720.
In addition to high-speed cellular wireless networking, this model — AKA the Samsung i9200 — is going to feature Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and an A-GPS receiver.
The leaked specifications list includes an 8 MPx camera with FullHD (1080p) video recording, while the leaked image apparently shows a front-facing camera.
The Galaxy S2 could 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.
It will also reportedly boast an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.