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April 09, 2011

Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II in the flesh!

What’s thinner, lighter and twice as powerful as the Galaxy S? Well, it’s the Galaxy S II (GT-i9100) of course and we’ve got one of them babies right here (though it’s still an engineering unit and not the final release).

Having owned the first Samsung Galaxy S, I was pretty excited how much improvements this second generation Galaxy S would look like and perform.

It’s definitely thinner, though not by much, despite having a larger 4.3-inch screen. It’s much snappier too, if I might add.

Samsung definitely made good effort in upgrading their Galaxy smarpthone. Just look at these specs.

Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II specs:
4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus @ 480×800 pixels
Gorilla Glass display
Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor
Mali-400MP GPU, Orion chipset
1GB RAM
16GB and 32GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot
8MP autofocus camera w/ LED Flash
Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS with aGPS support
Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
1080p video recording
2MP front-facing camera for video calls
Li-Ion 1650mAh battery
Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The Galaxy S 2 still has that little protrusion at the bottom end of the back panel, giving it a better grip when held with one hand. The back panel also has a textured finish and the camera is now paired with an LED flash, an important feature they forgot to add in the first generation.

The snapper now takes a full 1080p video with the 8MP camera. I was already impressed with the camera from the old Galaxy and they’ve still improved on that more.

The first Galaxy S was already thin at 9.9mm but this new one is even thinner at just 8.5mm. And despite the larger form factor, they managed to shave off several grams from the weight (down to 116g from 119g).

We’re still not sure when Samsung will officially release the Galaxy S II in the Philippines and for what price. Will post an update once we get word. Full review coming up later next week (Samsung PR warned me though that the unit is still an engineering model so there might be bugs here and there).

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56 Responses to “Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II in the flesh!”

  1. Jonaflormicfren
    Twitter: daniojr
    says:

    Samsung never stops, they continue innovating their products. http://learner-spot.blogspot.com/

  2. Mike says:

    very good samsung. “keep pushing the envelope”. nice upgrade. i wish the next galaxy s will have back side iluminated camera lenses on it and quadcore processor.

  3. hd says:

    wow! a dual core smartphone, a full hd video recording capability, android gingerbread and okay they’re already written in your post. it’s one bad ars smartphone! i will definitely steal one of those, specially that one your holding!

  4. rr says:

    After spending a week with my new desire Z i am totally hook with android and will not go back to ios anytime soon. I just hope that in the next three months samsung could come up with a galaxy s2 with a slide out qwerty keyboard

  5. jcruze057 says:

    wow, 1080p video recording, I wonder how bright and crisp the recorded video will be? how is it compared to a real 1080p video recorder?

  6. dulfo says:

    I thought the Galaxy S was the best smartphone when it came out but still I wanted to wait for the second iteration. I think Samsung didn’t disappoint and a lot of you would agree that’s its worth the wait. This one will definitely enter my list of tech buys in 2011.

  7. dyenita
    Twitter: dyenita
    says:

    i’ve been waiting forever for this fone!
    other countries will have it on april 25 according to @samsungtomorrow…
    but i hope PHL will get it on May..another quarter of a year of waiting is too much! :p

  8. KennyV
    Twitter: KennyPV
    says:

    Grabe ang lupet ng specs Q_Q

  9. light says:

    any news on the galaxy S II – mini?

  10. GrewSober says:

    Hi! Do you have any forecast as to how much this phone would cost here in the Philippines? I am really interested to have this as my next phone. I used to be a big Sony Ericsson (I had Xperia X8 since November 2010) but I switched to Samsung just this month. Now, I have the Galaxy Ace and I am way happier with it as compared to X8.

  11. Jonaflormicfren
    Twitter: daniojr
    says:

    Samsung always supplies their target and never fail. http://learner-spot.blogspot.com/

  12. bOkz says:

    mga sirs, kamusta naman call and sounds quality neto?

  13. kill3rfill3r
    Twitter: killrfillr
    says:

    Panalo sa specs parang gusto ko itapon tong LG ko.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Another score for the gadget god, Samsung
    No other company does their products from ground up almost using parts made by them

    CPU – Samsung S5PV310 Exynos 4210
    RAM – Samsung?
    Display – Samsung Super AMOLED+
    GPS – Samsung S5PV310
    Camera – Samsung?
    microSD – Samsung?
    Battery – Samsung?

  15. Kerwin says:

    I guess this explains why Samsung is having a sale right now on the Galaxy S.

  16. Sano says:

    Yup cheap tingnan. Designs of samsung isa lang. like ko pa LG OPTIMUS 3D ^_^

  17. md says:

    wow! a dual core smartphone, a full hd video recording capability, android gingerbread and okay they’re already written in your post. it’s one bad ars smartphone! i will definitely steal one of those, specially that one your holding!

  18. I am also impressed with the camera from the old Galaxy and they’ve still improved on that more.Great job.

  19. RaiNNy says:

    Question here.. Why Orion chipset..? Is Orion and Exynos are the same..?

  20. David
    Twitter: db825779
    says:

    published articles about Samsung Galaxy new and interesting. read you might be interested.

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