Samsung Galaxy S II Plus unveiled

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus unveiled
Samsung breathes new life into its landmark smartphone that helped the company become one of the dominant forces in the smartphone wars.

Galaxy S II Plus front
In a time when a lot of users are eagerly anticipating the successor to the record breaking Galaxy S III, Samsung quietly announced a phone that might sound a bit familiar. The Galaxy S II Plus, as the name implies, is essentially an updated version of the original Samsung Galaxy S II that runs on the latest Android operating system and features other minor software tweaks to make the overall user experience more enjoyable.

Launched back in 2011, Samsung Galaxy S II helped propel the Korean manufacturer as one of the dominant forces in the smartphone industry. The Galaxy S II Plus builds on that successful formula, while also adding a couple of features that are present on the other Samsung phones. The most noticeable change is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system that comes alongside Samsung’s own TouchWiz Nature UX UI. Not only Galaxy S II Plus owners will be able to appreciate the enhanced, ''nature-inspired'' user-interface, but they will also able to enjoy a selection of intuitive and smart features, including Direct Call, Smart Stay, S Voice and Popup Video that lets users play a video anywhere on the screen while simultaneously running other tasks.

Galaxy S II Plus rear
From the hardware standpoint, the Galaxy S II Plus comes very close to its original roots, and sports an identical 4.3 inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM. While the built-in storage memory has been halved to 8 GB, a slot for MicroSD cards is still available. The front and rear-facing cameras didn't see any changes either - 2 and 8 MPix respectively - though the main camera now benefits from zero-lag shutter to capture moving objects without a delay. Just like its ''predecessor'', the Galaxy S II Plus comes with a near complete range of connectivity features, including 3G, HSDPA, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and - for certain markets only - NFC. The phone maintains its slim waistline at just 8.5 mm, but the capacity of the user-replaceable Li-Ion battery also remains the same at 1650 mAh.

Samsung didn't provide any further details regarding the availability of the handset, or how much it will cost. In the past months, Samsung has been aggressively expanding its Galaxy lineup of smartphones - most notably - with the Galaxy S III mini and the Galaxy Grand.

Samsung Galaxy S II has earned a near-iconic status in the world of smartphones, and its hardware proved to be flexible enough to run even the latest version of Android. Do you think the old warrior deserves another go?


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