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Samsung May Release Galaxy S2 Plus in 2013

By - Source: SamMobile | B 21 comments

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to be included from launch.

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 , November 24, 2012 6:43 AM
    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 , November 24, 2012 6:43 AM
    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 , November 24, 2012 7:44 AM
    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 , November 24, 2012 8:23 AM
    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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    olaf , November 24, 2012 8:42 AM
    Wohoo an S2 without the community support , just like the shitty SGS+ ... worst phone ever...
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    Anonymous , November 24, 2012 9:23 AM
    [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.]

    The reason why Samsung keeps doing this is because Apple keep adding devices to their lawsuit and it will affect Samsung badly if all their devices are banned. By keep introducing new models Samsung is able to make sure there are at least some models selling in the USA market when they lost the lawsuits. You can all thank Apple for that.
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    robd007 , November 24, 2012 9:35 AM
    amoled + ?
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    Yuka , November 24, 2012 10:01 AM
    Wasn't the S3 an S2+? hahaha

    Cheers!
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    seinfeld , November 24, 2012 11:30 AM
    This doesn't compute. Samsung have made some bad product creation choices lately. there is a windows phone that is basically a S3 chassis. but underneath its a totally diff board, and slower chips etc. If I was designing. I would have just made the S3 exaclty. then just install windows 8. but instead new logic board. dual core and slower.

    and now they are doing another S2. so now they have the Std S2. then they did a S2 with 4G and now another! the S2 with 4G was as far as it should of gone.
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    icemunk , November 24, 2012 11:45 AM
    People like choices for phones. Samsung understands this, and released tons of versions of their phones.
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    seinfeld , November 24, 2012 12:30 PM
    They have great choices already
    Galaxy E1170 this is non touch screen old school brick (perfect for kids)
    Galaxy ace (basic smart ph)
    The Note and note 2
    Then the Galaxy S2 in normal and 4 G versions
    Now they have a galaxy S3 one with 4G one without.
    that is why another S2 was pointless.
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    wemakeourfuture , November 24, 2012 12:50 PM
    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.


    Samsung has to copy Apple right? Remember Apple came out with the 8GB iPhone 4 after the 4S's release. Well Samsung has done the exact same thing with their flagship phone, all though their timing isn't as good (S3 been out for a long time and S4 rumours are circling) and their marketing isn't as good.

    At least when the 4S came out and had the new iOS, all versions of the 4 supported the new iOS.
    Too bad the S2 is still not on 4.1, that's really sad and pathetic support by Samsung.
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    vilenjan , November 24, 2012 1:50 PM
    Its all about screen sizes. Newer Galaxy's keep getting bigger, so they need something for those of us who dont need a 5 inch display on the GS4. A 4 inch (4.3 at most) SAMOLED+ QHD would rock!!
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    epdm2be , November 24, 2012 3:50 PM
    seinfeldThis doesn't compute. Samsung have made some bad product creation choices lately. there is a windows phone that is basically a S3 chassis. but underneath its a totally diff board, and slower chips etc. If I was designing. I would have just made the S3 exaclty. then just install windows 8. but instead new logic board. dual core and slower.and now they are doing another S2. so now they have the Std S2. then they did a S2 with 4G and now another! the S2 with 4G was as far as it should of gone.


    What do you expect. It's Samsung. That company has no vision, they only flood the market with consumer products. They only care that you buy stuff with their logo, it doesn't matter if you want a TV, smartphone or microwave, it doesn't matter that the phone uses Android, WP or Bada.

    Samsung is the whore of the consumer industry, blindly producing subpar equipment (sometimes at premium prices). Giving the illusion that they have premium quality products. In the early 90's we knew that korean products were inferior to their japanese counterparts but twenty years later we are all led to believe that they produce the best consumer products. It's a joke! Just like this SGS S2 plus and SGS III mini.
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    seinfeld , November 24, 2012 3:51 PM
    vilenjanIts all about screen sizes. Newer Galaxy's keep getting bigger, so they need something for those of us who dont need a 5 inch display on the GS4. A 4 inch (4.3 at most) SAMOLED+ QHD would rock!!


    what is QHD?

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    wemakeourfuture , November 24, 2012 4:00 PM
    vilenjanIts all about screen sizes. Newer Galaxy's keep getting bigger, so they need something for those of us who dont need a 5 inch display on the GS4. A 4 inch (4.3 at most) SAMOLED+ QHD would rock!!


    They came out with the S3 mini, which is a piece of crap. No sense in coming out with an S2 at this junction. They have the S3, S3 mini, and S4 soon to be released and now they decided to offer a new S2?

    If Apple came out with a new iPhone 4 at this junction all the Android Fanboys would write 1.6 billion comments trashing them, saying its lacks innovation and its a cash grab.
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    wemakeourfuture , November 24, 2012 4:02 PM
    seinfeldwhat is QHD?


    qHD is quarter 1080p (960×540), ie. 1/4 the total pixels, half the dimensions
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    bobbybamf12 , November 25, 2012 5:34 AM
    Quote:
    They came out with the S3 mini, which is a piece of crap. No sense in coming out with an S2 at this junction. They have the S3, S3 mini, and S4 soon to be released and now they decided to offer a new S2?

    If Apple came out with a new iPhone 4 at this junction all the Android Fanboys would write 1.6 billion comments trashing them, saying its lacks innovation and its a cash grab.


    pretty sure everyone is sayint that already...
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    grimworld , November 25, 2012 8:57 PM
    I really like my S2 and with neverending releases of custom roms I can always count on new tweaks and upgrades to the phones software and function. Even so when compared to my friends S3 with stock rom, my S2 is faster in many actions running custom RR 3.1.2 JB rom.

    I think for my taste the screen size on S2 is perfect so I will be looking forward for any more news about Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus :) 
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    back_by_demand , November 25, 2012 9:59 PM
    Makes sense to have several handsets on the go, no such thing as one size fits all and for those that can't quite get with the SGS3 size they can still get some Samsung lovin'
    ...
    That's why Samsung sell more smartphones than anyone else, diversity, just like people
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    johnbiber , November 27, 2012 8:04 AM
    I think jelly bean update for S2 and S2 plus are launching together........:) 
    Samsung Galaxy S2
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