In a rather oddly timed announcement, the successor to the Galaxy S II has arrived in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus with an overhauled design, the latest Android OS and a new chipset.
Running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Nature UX atop, the Galaxy S II Plus sports a 4.3-inch WVGA(480x800) Super AMOLED Plus display as seen in the earlier Galaxy S II. Look wise, the exterior of the device has been replaced with the plasticky back panel as seen on the Galaxy S III.
The device features an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and capable of full-HD video recording. There's a 2-megapixel front camera as well.
On the inside,the smartphone is powered by a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a Broadcomm GPU and has 1GB RAM. The internal storage has been skimmed down to 8GB but microSD support upto 64GB will be available.
Connectivity wise, the S II Plus boasts dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+HS and 3G with 21Mbps HSPA+. NFC is optional on the device. The S II Plus without it is 8.5mm thick while the NFC-enabled I9105P is slightly thicker at 8.9mm. The device also weighs 5gms more than its predecessor at 121gms. Battery capacity, however, remains the same at 1,650mAh.
The S II Plus comes loaded with company's proprietary apps like ChatOn messenger, AllShare Play, Smart Stay, Smart Alert, Popup Video, S-Voice and S Beam. Users can also enjoy all the benefits of Samsung Hubs, including the latest versions of Readers Hub, Video Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub.
The smartphone will be available in Chic White and Dark Blue colours. Details regarding pricing and availability are unknown but we expect they will be announced soon.
Samsung Galaxy S II Plus key specifications