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

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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.

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