Samsung May Release Galaxy S2 Plus in 2013

Samsung is reportedly set to release an updated version of its Galaxy S2 smartphone during the opening months of 2013.

SamMobile claims that a Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus handset is being prepared for a Q1 2013 release. The handset will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, in addition to the latest version of the TouchWiz UI.

Also set to be included in the device is 8GB of storage and a choice of two colors -- white or blue. It's currently unclear whether Samsung will implement improvements for the phone's engine such as increased RAM or a quad-core processor.

The report arrives six months following the launch of the S2's successor, the commercially successful Galaxy S3. The latter has broken records and set new ones since its release; it sold 20 million units during its first 100 days of availability, which was followed by the smartphone selling a further 10 million units to surpass an impressive milestone.

In addition, the Galaxy S3 overtook Apple's iPhone 4S as the best-selling smartphone on the planet during the last quarter. More recently, Samsung launched the device's little brother in the form of the Galaxy S3 Mini. As for the unannounced Galaxy S4, speculation has suggested an unveil during CES in January, 2013.

 

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  • SneakySnake
    Why release this? Why not simply make the GS3 a discount phone when the GS4 comes out, much the same way apple does with the iPhones.

    This phone won't even work as a prepaid, unless it wants to retail for like $200 off contract (highly doubtful), since the Nexus 4 is only $300.
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  • SneakySnake
    Why release this? Why not simply make the GS3 a discount phone when the GS4 comes out, much the same way apple does with the iPhones.

    This phone won't even work as a prepaid, unless it wants to retail for like $200 off contract (highly doubtful), since the Nexus 4 is only $300.
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  • freiheitner
    I would probably buy an "S2 Plus" with a 4.5" 540x960 display if it were available right now, but in what could be as much as 4 months from now, no. By that time I'll have either bought an S3 or a Note 2. Perhaps this rumored S2 Plus is for emerging markets, similar to the S3 Mini, but then those 2 devices would be in competition with one another for the mid-range space. Very odd.
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  • ikyung
    SneakySnakeWhy release this? Why not simply make the GS3 a discount phone when the GS4 comes out, much the same way apple does with the iPhones. This phone won't even work as a prepaid, unless it wants to retail for like $200 off contract (highly doubtful), since the Nexus 4 is only $300.

    I can see them releasing GS2 for 199.99 off contract. The Nexus One was on sale for like 89.99 recently off contract and that phone came out in 2010. GS2 came out about a year after Nexus One. So if they release GS2 Plus in 2013, they can price it at 199.99 off contract.

    To me, it seems like a decent move. They are hitting a niche market of prepaid, people who need to get a decent smartphone to replace their broken phones until they can be eligible for a upgrade, and rising markets like China and India. I can see Samsung easily hitting 7 digit sales with this phone and making around 20-30 dollars profit per unit sold.
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