One of the coolest devices shown of at MWC in Barcelona this year was the Samsung Galaxy S 2. The device is the new flagship for the Korean manufacturer and considering the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 it’s easy to see why they are making such a big fuss about it. The phone managed to grab attention by sporting one of the thinnest designs out on the market at the time, although considering that the Nec Medias is a touch thinner, I think Samsung will have to drop the line of “thinnest smartphone” and just go for – “kickass smartphone”.
Here are some of the specs for the Samsung Galaxy S 2 for those of you who might’ve missed my quick preview of the device. The Galaxy S 2 will be coming with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a native resolution of 480 x 800 and all I can say is that it looks brilliant. The device measures in at 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm ( 4.93 x 2.60 x 0.33 inches ) which makes it, for the time being, the second thinnest smartphone in the world. All of this awesomeness is powered by a dual-core Exynos processor clocked at 1 GHz per core, 1 GB of RAM and Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is available from the very launch of the phone, so no delays here.
Samsung’s Galaxy S 2 is coming with 16 GB or 32 GB of built in storage which can be extended via a micro SD card to up to 64 GB of storage. There’s an 8 MP rear camera which will be able to record at full HD and a 2 MP front facing camera. All of this will be covered in the gooey goodness of Gingerbread and Samsung’s Touchwiz 4.0 which in my opinion is one of the least intrusive manufacturer UI’s out on the market. The device will have Wi-Fi, USB and a 1650 mAh battery, so considering all the specs of this device, we are dealing with a high end device part of this latest generation of Android smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be available through Play.co.uk in a SIM free version, as no carriers have yet officially confirmed taking on the device, for £599.99 ( that’s roughly $960 ) which is a believable price for the Samsung Galaxy S 2 although I might say that it’s a touch expensive considering that you will be able to get your hands on a LG Optimus 3D for roughly 80 pounds less, again for the non-subscription version of the device, and the 3D is coming with two 5 megapixel cameras, so let’s see how this will work out.
The Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be released on March the 31st according to the online retailer, but as always we are warned that pricing and availability might change as this is never guaranteed for upcoming devices. Still, the 900+ dollar price tag seems rather reasonable as the device is above the single core powered competition, yet with devices like the Motorola Droid Bionic, Motorola Atrix, LG Optimus 3D around the corner, I think it’s safe to assume that the Galaxy S 2 has its work cut out. Until next time, what do you think about the device, and will you be getting your hands on one of these or are you holding out for something else? Drop a line in the comments below.1