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Samsung Announces Galaxy S2 Plus

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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