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).