Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100 vs Galaxy S i9000

Now this one is pretty interesting. People have been asking if the Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100 is worth the upgrade if they currently own the old Galaxy S i9000. Here’s a closer look and comparison between the two.

The official specs sheet would look like this:

Samsung Galaxy S II i9100 Samsung Galaxy S i9000
Dual-core 1GHz Samsung Exynos 4210 1GHz ARM Cortex A8
ARM Mali-400 MP PowerVR SGX540
4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus (480×800) 4.0-inch Super AMOLED (480×800)
16GB/32GB storage, 1GB RAM 8GB/16GB storage, 512 RAM
microSD up to 32GB microSD up to 32GB
8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash 5 MP autofocus camera
1080p @ 30fps video recording 720p @ 30fps video recording
2 MP front camera for video calls VGA front camera for video calls
Android OS 2.3.3 Gingerbread Android OS 2.2 Froyo
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, WiFi Direct WiFi 802.11 b/g/n; DLNA
125.3mm x 66.1mm x 8.48mm 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm
116 grams 119 grams
TouchWiz 4.0 UI TouchWiz 3.0 UI

However, a closer inspection with the devices at hand gives us a much more detailed information {all the apps I used could not point-point the specific CPU used on the SGS2 and it’s still showing ARMv7 Processot rev1 (v7l) }:

Samsung Galaxy S II i9100 Samsung Galaxy S i9000
200MHz (min) to 1,000MHz (max) 100MHz (min) to 1,000MHz (max)
833MB System Memory 304MB System Memory
98MB System Cache 30MB System Cache
504MB System Storage 295MB System Storage
1.97GB Internal Storage 1.87GB Internal Storage
11.5GB Internal SD Card 13.43GB Internal SD Card
Refresh Rate: 60Hz Refresh Rate: 68Hz


Click on image to see bigger version.

Also did a number of benchmarks using Quadrant and Antutu System Benchmark.

Samsung Galaxy S II i9100 Samsung Galaxy S i9000
Memory Score: 752 Memory Score: 341
CPU Integer: 1157 CPU Integer: 606
CPU Float: 1024 CPU Float: 145
2D Graphics: 149 2D Graphics: 148
3D Graphics: 209 3D Graphics: 305
Database IO: 165 Database IO: 50
SD Card Write: 13.1MB/s SD Card Write: 5.7MB/s
SD Card Read: 48.2MB/s SD Card Read: 9.3MB/s
Antutu Score: 3784 Antutu Score: 1745
Quadrant Score : 2622 Quadrant Score: 952

What’s a bit interesting is that the results from the Antutu System Benchmarks showed the PowerVR SGX540 having a higher score than the Mali-400 MP while the SGS2 beat the old SGS on all other aspects in the benchmark. Still looking for a more GPU-specific benchmark tool to test both of them (will post update when that’s done).

The SGS2 also comes with 9 sensors, compared to the 5 from the old SGS:

K3DH Acceleration Sensor
AK8975 Magnetic field Sensor
AK8975 Orientation Sensor
CM3663 Light Sensor
CM 3663 Proximity Sensor
K3G Gyroscope Sensor
Gravity Sensor
Linear Acceleration Sensor
Rotation Vector Sensor

One can only imagine how applications and games can use these sensors to give a better user experience.

See review of the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the first-gen Samsung Galaxy S.

30 Comments on this Post

  1. Benchmark

    well in my opinion, mas ok yung SGS2…a really good upgrade for samsung talaga. Big difference talaga.

    Hay! I hope soon I could avail this kind of phone…yet what will I do with all the power if I will only use it for SMS’ and calls?

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  2. oktnxbai
    Twitter: oktnxbai

    @Yuga: I think you got the third picture wrong.

    As for the head-to-head, SGS still has the beef (still good for another year or so), while the SGS2 on the other hand, continues to double up the hardware capabilities of the phone.

    I’m kinda surprised that Samsung did not include a NFC chip in SGS2. That would only mean that SGS2 joined the band of 2.3 phones that aren’t maximizing the features of 2.3 (read tags) and 2.3.3 (write tags).

    Maybe they planned, but who knows. SGS3 might know the answer.

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    • the samsung galaxy s2 costs around P22,800-P25,000 if you check again.

  3. Sir Yuga, SGS i9000 is now updated to Gingerbread 2.3.3 JVB. I think there will be SOME* improvements vs SGS i9100. :P

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    • anong version ng galaxy s mo? do i have to flash to original rom para makapagupdate?

  4. Profile photo of Abe Olandres

    @Lezuric – will check and upgrade my old SGS. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. I just noticed but when the Galaxy S and S2 are pictured side by side like what you have shown above, you can actually see the uncanny resemblance of the Galaxy S and S2 with the iphone3gs and the iphone4. From the curved edges of the earlier version to the boxier shape of the newer one. It’s as if Samsung follows Apple’s trend when it comes to design.

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    • Samsung should be the one suing Apple.

      http://i.imgur.com/aLGOQ.jpg

    • Not to criticize you tmcr, but hat’s not true at all. Reports I’ve read from the internet say that the F700 was announced at Cebit 2006 but was never shown by Samsung.Apple announced the iPhone during their Macworld Expo on Jan 2007.

      The F700 was officially shown during Feb 2007 at the 3GSM World Congress. Tell me, how would Apple copy a phone design they never saw and was shown one month after the announcement of the iPhone?

      Also, the entire comparison of the two is moot because they’re different phones anyway. The F700 is a feature phone and not a smartphone. You’re comparing Apples and oranges.

      Before criticizing anyone, please get your facts right.

      Source: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/04/19/android_fans_accuse_apple_of_copying_samsung_first.html

    • Wakocoke

      what the hell Apple? What’s next? Sue phones with touch screen?

    • Anonymous

      From a legal standpoint it doesn’t matter if the f700 is a feature phone. The law on patents doesn’t care about that stuff. further it’s immaterial that the iPhone was launched ahead of samsung’s handset. The fact that they have designs of the f700 prior to the release of apples handset means that they did not infringe on apples patent.
      In reality most of these lawsuits would end up with both parties agreeing on a compromise.

  6. waiting for sgs 2 to be released. para naman bumaba na price ng sgs 1. hindi kaya ng budge ko yung 2 kaya sa 1 na lang ako…sad, sad, sad….

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  7. razorous
    Twitter: razorous

    Yup, me too! I’m going for the orig sgs when sgs2 comes out!

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  8. It has obvious difference that makes the latest lead. http://learner-spot.blogspot.com/

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  9. Hi Abe! When is this phone going to be released in the country and any idea as to the price? I am excited to have this phone. I am currenlty using Galaxy Ace.

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  10. Halos lahat ng Smartphone mukhang iPhone na.

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  11. http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/200626_1981393493631_1206995830_2383743_5500984_n.jpg

    this is my benchmark on my SGS-i9000.. im using a mod kernel and a mod rom. But still way far from SGS-2! Saving more to get one. =D

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  12. Wakocoke

    sexy beast! though 2012 will be the year of quad core phones!

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  13. question for samsung touchscreen phone users. i noticed that samsung phones have a tendency to loose the sensitivity of the touchscreen or the control becomes laggy after a while of use. can anyone verify or refute? my old omnia became less sensitive to commands and a bit laggy after a while. this is one of my main issues with samsung touch phones.

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    • hello

      It’s not really ‘losing’ sensitivity, you might have installed a lot of apps or something heavy for it to lag. I bet if you reformat it it will be as good as new. Some live wallpapers make it lag too, you can feel the difference. Try to compare the feel when you set a jpeg wallie and compare it to a live wallie.

    • jared
      Twitter: jaredexpressed

      You have to know what’s the least number of memory space you can have for RAM so it wouldn’t lag, Say for me when using spica, I’m making sure RAM free space is at 30-40 MB so It won’t lag.

  14. conundrum

    sana pag nag-compare ng phones gumamit ng mga benchmark apps, hindi angry birds! may human intervention factor pa pano pag hindi sabay pagpindot :|

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  15. prototype p lng ung SG2 ganyan na kaagad ung Gap ng Results between SG1…partida my software cap pa ung SG2…pano pa kya ung retail version mas malakas pa…

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  16. razorous
    Twitter: razorous

    I can’t wait till Samsung throws a party ni the PH too! | Samsung Galaxy S II launches in South Korea and the UK | http://bit.ly/mry4z1

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  17. The greenhills website says that SGS 2 costs around 12,000-13,200php. That’s most probably a typo. Though I hope it’s not ;)

    http://www.greenhills.com.ph/cellphonegalore.asp

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  18. Mondeq

    Does anyone have latest info about the android 2.3 update for the SGS?

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  19. Tankado

    I also have a Samsung Galaxy S and it’s quite close to my Quadrant score, with mine not overclocked but only having a “lagfix” to address the issue of the slow custom file system used by Samsung for their phones.

    CPU: 1553
    Mem: 1553
    I/O: 5451
    2D: 303
    3D: 899
    Quadrant Score: 1952

    But sadly, no Gingerbread love yet. Also, the plastic back really feels very awkward.

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  20. I don’t know why no one talks about the horrible color banding that the S2 displays!!! It looks like a 16bit gadget. The markting arround S2 is doing so well that no reviews tal about this! For the folks that are thinking to buy the S2, just do your self a favor and compare the image quality with the S1 and you will see that the Super Amoled Plus is not so Plus after all … I even doubt it is still Super LOL

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  21. wow. is it really possible to upgrade my sgs to sgs2? i am so inlove with my SGS i9000!

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