Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II in the flesh!

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
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).

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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56 Responses

  1. Justine says:

    Oh yeah! That look so cooooool! Perfect for my birthday this coming April 21. :)

  2. Jor says:

    ayos sa specs.

  3. Monchee says:

    This is definitely going to be my next phone.

  4. Justine says:

    I want one! Perfect for my birthday this coming April 21! How I wish. :)

  5. hihey says:

    ” they managed to shave off several grams from the weight (down to 166g from 119g).”

    Sir, parang mas bumigat sya based sa statement above? is it the other way around, down to 119g from 166g ?

    • Erin says:

      “Down to 116g from 119g” roughly translates to “bumaba sa 116g *mula sa* 119g”. Your suggestion doesnt make structural sense as you cannot use down to 119 if your starting point is 116.

      just clarifying.

    • Balbon says:

      Sa palagay ko 166g ang unang nailagay. Kaya nagtataka sya. Inedit na lang to 116g yung mismong post ni yuga.

    • syunga siya! says:

      oo nga syunga syunga si erin!

    • Erin says:

      I dont think so. Look at what hihey posted in his/her comment. Yuga also gives credit (at the very least in the discussion) for typo catches whenever he edits an article.

      @syunga: yep, I think I have a reading comprehension problem and an impulsive comment syndrome. I like trolling as well. Thank you for pointing it out and balancing my non-constructive comment.

  6. Ahh… this is a lot better than the Dell…:)

    Hmmm… Sana it won’t cost too much. I want to have this kind of phone that looks so much with iphone4.

  7. Messie says:

    Definitely the one to look out for. Kaya lang this was delayed because of the speed bump from dual 1ghz to dual 1.2 ghz right? I think the delay was partly due to the rumors of the iphone5 being delayed as well. Sammy might be thinking of releasing this at the same time as iphone 5, but since the latter might be delayed, there is no need to rush the S II na rin.

    My money goes on this being launched (here in the Philippines) at around July to August, if not even later.

  8. Mike says:

    based on its specs, i think it will
    cost about 30-35k.

  9. Suplado says:

    wower! good partner for my hd7. :)

  10. Razorous says:

    This is my next phone. Perfect with my ipod touch hehe

  11. feel lip says:

    Kakabili ko lang IPT4,di ko pa masyadong napagsasawaan Tab ko, tapos eto na naman! Ayoko naman palampasin to!

  12. fr0stbyte says:

    This iteration still has TouchWiz? :|

  13. walang imik says:

    i still like my bb9700 os6. hehehe

  14. John says:

    Sana isama mo sir sa review mo yung USB-to-go ng S2, ganda sana.. kaya lang ang cheap tignan =/

  15. adam says:

    Grabe sa specs and lupet. Lalo na kung ang price nyan is not higher than 30K. :-)

  16. papao6 says:

    wow. ang astig na specs… parang gusto ko palitan yung new phone ko…

  17. Sam says:

    Even better to include in the review are the similarities and differences between the Tegra2/SCLCD and the Exynos/SAMOLED+ versions of the SGS2. :)

    I’m thinking of selling my Galaxy S and buying this one when it comes out. :)

  18. just when i thought of stopping spending for gadgets comes this lovely device. oh tukso, layuan mo ako.

  19. Earl says:

    Rumors palang to inaabangan ko na! Sa wakas magkakareview na sana ilaunch na to yeaaaa! ahaha

  20. things are getting better and better… in the end the sweet thing about this never-ending competition are the end-users. we just need to wait for the right time to get the right phone that will suit to our needs… and what’s more… it might end up cheaper than we expect. :)

  21. Faith says:

    Any phone with Android OS is superb!

  22. Wow, first dibs on the galaxy s II! Nice one yuga.

  23. Winziph says:

    ayos, ang ganda ng specs.

  24. csseyah says:

    gusto ko din yan.. sana magkaroon na by MAY.. birthday gift ko sa sarili..

  25. Samsung never stops, they continue innovating their products.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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

  29. 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?

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. KennyV says:

    Grabe ang lupet ng specs Q_Q

  33. light says:

    any news on the galaxy S II – mini?

  34. 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.

  35. Samsung always supplies their target and never fail.

  36. bOkz says:

    mga sirs, kamusta naman call and sounds quality neto?

  37. Panalo sa specs parang gusto ko itapon tong LG ko.

  38. 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?

  39. Kerwin says:

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

  40. Sano says:

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

  41. 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!

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

  43. RaiNNy says:

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

  44. David says:

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

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