Seldom has a smartphone created such a buzz like the Samsung Galaxy S II. While a plethora of smartphones has been released this year and are scheduled to be released, some of which are really remarkable like the Sony smartphone and PlayStation hybrid, it is the Samsung Galaxy S II that receives all the accolades and the publicity. Is there a special reason for this occurrence and is the Samsung Galaxy S II in fact a more interesting phone than the iPhone 4?
The Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung made the introduction of the new Android based smartphone named Samsung Galaxy S II in February of 2011 during a presentation held at the Mobile World Congress. The actual worldwide release is scheduled for May of 2011, whereby there are already claims that it has been spotted in stores in India. While these reports have the truth ratio of Elvis sightings and UFO abductions, the undiminished frenzy for the pretty steeply priced device just goes up.
The Samsung Galaxy S II will feature most likely a Tegra 2 processor made by nVidia, with a dual core, ARM Cortex A9 on 1.2 GHz on probably two SoCs – system on a chip. It has also been rumored that due to the limited availability – the demand is just too much for nVidia – some countries may receive the Exynos 4210 Orion chip, made by Samsung, which has similar performance capabilities, but no GeForce GPU.
Nevertheless, the multi-touch touchscreen equipped smartphone will not only have a 1GB memory, but 16 or 32 GB flash memory and removable storage of up to 32 GB available. The display will be 4.27 inches with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, featuring the super AMOLED plus touchscreen and Gorilla Glass. The AMOLED feature has not been confirmed for all regions. The integrated camera is a 8 megapixel high quality device with a LED flash that has auto focus and can record HD video of up to 1080p. Even the video conferencing camera boasts with 2 megapixels.
The connectivity is truly amazing, the list is very long and includes the native support for near field communication – NFC, one of the first devices to do so that are based on an Android operating system. Another of the truly innovative technologies that have been included is the Mobile High-definition Link – MHL, which allows the streaming of HD video of up to 1080p through any of the connectivity properties, including the HDMI and USB ports. The mentioned HDMI is pretty much a must at this price, a little bit of a disappointment is the USB port that is “only” USB 2.0, but the Bluetooth is in the 3.0 version and there is not only the commonly expected Wi-Fi, but also the Wi-Fi Direct, featuring an additional set of protocol solutions that allow such devices to communicate with each other.
Is Samsung Galaxy S II really more popular than the iPhone 4?
The answer to this question can be expected later this year, when first devices have been already sold to eagerly expectant customers. According to pre-sales and orders that are currently being logged, it really seems that the Samsung Galaxy S II might outsell the iPhone 4, which sales have been a little bit thwarted by Apple’s own press release that an iPhone 5 is due later this year as well.
written by Andy G
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