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Samsung Announces Galaxy S2 Plus

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Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to launch with device.

As expected, Samsung has announced the Galaxy S2 Plus, which features Google's Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

Originally launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the original S2 was upgraded to Android 4.0 last June. Aside from the OS upgrade, the majority of the technical specifications between the S2 Plus and its predecessor are the same.

As seen in the original, the S2 Plus will still be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, as well as sporting a 4.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display. However, in addition to the rear 8-megapixel camera with an LED flash and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, the rear camera now features zero-lag shutter speed, which can easily capture fast-moving objects.

The new device also offers 3G with the 21Mbps HSPA+, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. The Galaxy S2's built-in storage, though, has been decreased from the original's 16 GB or 32 GB of storage space to 8 GB.

That said, the new model's SD storage can support up to 64 gigabytes of data, with its predecessor only able to support up to 32 GB. Joining that is the integration of near-field communications support that allows users to conduct mobile payments.

As for software, Samsung has incorporated a Direct Call feature that allows users to automatically dial a call by placing the phone next to their ear. Elsewhere, Smart Stay can indicate whether the user is looking away from the screen and subsequently dim it.

Smart Alert notifies users if they missed events, as well as providing status updates when they pick up the device. A Popup Video feature, meanwhile, showcases a video anywhere on the screen in a resizable window. Finally, S Voice enables you to control the Galaxy S2 Plus via your voice, which is accompanied by Voice Unlock; it allows users to unlock the phone through voice.

Samsung didn't reveal pricing or launch details for the Galaxy S2 Plus.


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    kawininjazx , January 11, 2013 12:18 PM
    Well if it's like $249 off contract that sounds like a solid device.
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    halcyon , January 11, 2013 12:07 PM
    If the S4 and S3 are too much phone for you this may look good.
  • 10 Hide
    kawininjazx , January 11, 2013 12:18 PM
    Well if it's like $249 off contract that sounds like a solid device.
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2013 12:32 PM
    Why when the S4 is coming this Spring would someone get this. Its like buying a xbox now its 7 year old hardware.
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    bisso , January 11, 2013 12:53 PM
    soldier2013Why when the S4 is coming this Spring would someone get this. Its like buying a xbox now its 7 year old hardware.

    No it's not. GS2 works just as great as any other phone with Jelly Bean. There isn't any game or app that can't run on your GS2 that runs on GS3, at the exception of Benchmark results, the GS2 remains a very solid phone. I do have one, and for no reason would I go grab a GS3 or even a future GS4 until my current phone can't run things new phones can.

    And the reason people would grab a GS2plus is the reason S4 will be around 550$, while they could sell this baby for half the price. Let's not forget GS2 has been seen as the best phone for its time, and that wasn't so long ago.
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    catfishtx , January 11, 2013 1:33 PM
    kawininjazxWell if it's like $249 off contract that sounds like a solid device.


    Exactly. Attack the bottom of the market with this phone, the middle with the S3, and the upper with the S4. All of the accessories are already out there, chargers, docks, cases, etc. This is a really good idea.
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    backin5 , January 11, 2013 1:41 PM
    Actually the Galaxy S II CAN handle a 64GB micro SD. After reading online that people have done so successfully, I installed one myself on my S II. Works like a charm!
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    catfishtx , January 11, 2013 1:47 PM
    kawininjazxWell if it's like $249 off contract that sounds like a solid device.


    Exactly. This phone serves the lower end of the market, the S3 the middle, and the S4 the upper end. Plus, all of the needed accessories are already out there. No, it brings nothing new to the table, that's the S4's job, but it is a really good idea from a market position perspective. This is same logic Apple is using with the iPhone mini.
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    zigziggo , January 11, 2013 2:12 PM
    I have the S2 (Sprint variant). As far as the US version goes, the S3 isn't any different aside from screen size, NFC and LTE support. Sure, the S3 clocks in at 1.5Ghz, but wipe your S2 and put the latest CM10 (JB 4.1.2) on it and overclock the processor (mine is at 1.8Ghz) and the S2 is still a beast. With that, you can do all of the things that the S3 does (including the look away feature). I know; mine is doing it. And the hotspot is free, not $30/month for 5 gigs of data...
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    zigziggo , January 11, 2013 2:13 PM
    I have the S2 (Sprint variant). As far as the US version goes, the S3 isn't any different aside from screen size, NFC and LTE support. Sure, the S3 clocks in at 1.5Ghz, but wipe your S2 and put the latest CM10 (JB 4.1.2) on it and overclock the processor (mine is at 1.8Ghz) and the S2 is still a beast. With that, you can do all of the things that the S3 does (including the look away feature). I know; mine is doing it. And the hotspot is free, not $30/month for 5 gigs of data...
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    zigziggo , January 11, 2013 2:14 PM
    I have the S2 (Sprint variant). As far as the US version goes, the S3 isn't any different aside from screen size, NFC and LTE support. Sure, the S3 clocks in at 1.5Ghz, but wipe your S2 and put the latest CM10 (JB 4.1.2) on it and overclock the processor (mine is at 1.8Ghz) and the S2 is still a beast. With that, you can do all of the things that the S3 does (including the look away feature). I know; mine is doing it. And the hotspot is free, not $30/month for 5 gigs of data...
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    zigziggo , January 11, 2013 2:16 PM
    I have the S2 (Sprint variant). As far as the US version goes, the S3 isn't any different aside from screen size, NFC and LTE support. Sure, the S3 clocks in at 1.5Ghz, but wipe your S2 and put the latest CM10 (JB 4.1.2) on it and overclock the processor (mine is at 1.8Ghz) and the S2 is still a beast. With that, you can do all of the things that the S3 does (including the look away feature). I know; mine is doing it. And the hotspot is free, not $30/month for 5 gigs of data...
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    zigziggo , January 11, 2013 2:47 PM
    Oops. Oops. Oops...sorry for the repeated post...
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    dalethepcman , January 11, 2013 2:53 PM
    holy spam zigziggo....

    The GS2 is a really good phone, in some way I prefer it to my GS3. I think the GS3 is a better looking phone, its screen is amazing and battery life double what my GS2 was, but the GS2 was much more durable. As for overclocking your GS2 to get GS3 performance, whats the point? With the amount of time it takes to root, custom flash, and tweak a GS2, you could just buy a GS3. The difference in price is only like $100.
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    pliskin1 , January 12, 2013 6:12 AM
    Wow, what an Apple move, re-release the same phone with "improvements" and an OS update.
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    catfishtx , January 14, 2013 12:54 PM
    The difference though is that Samsung will not position this phone as its new top end model. It just seems like to me that they are going to try to win the entry level smartphone market, aka teens on their parent's family plans (This is me), off-contract, prepaid, etc. Get a Samsung in their hands and sell them up the line up as they grow older. Automakers have been doing this forever.