UPDATE 16/02/11: read our Samsung Galaxy S II Hands On
Samsung has just announced what it claims is the world’s thinnest smartphone, though if Samsung was LG, it would probably call it the world’s thinnest superphone. But whatever it is, the Samsung Galaxy S II is one good looking handset.
The Samsung Galaxy S II, despite the strange naming convention, is even thinner than Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc, which is pretty thin, and that svelte form factor aligned with the Super AMOLED Plus display makes it one enticing prospect. The 4.27in display has a resolution of 800 x 480 and considering how good the Super AMOLED display on the original Galaxy S was, we will be hoping for great things from this display. The superphone was born at CES when Nvidia and LG announced the Optimus 2X which was the first phone to have a dual-core processor. Since then we have had the Motorola Atrix and Droid Bionic both with double cores and now Samsung has entered the race with the Galaxy S II.
Inside the handset is a dual-core 1GHz processor, which initially was believed to be a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor but has been confirmed since as being a Samsung chip, quite possibly the Exynos. The dual-core processor will power Android Gingerbread, which will have Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 skin on top of it. The phone has an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture as well as a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling. It will come with HSPA , Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi while some versions of the Galaxy S II will have NFC built-in.
Samsung announced the Galaxy S II at the same press conference as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and said it will be coming to Europe as soon as this month with other regions to follow after that. So far we have no word on pricing or carriers but will bring you any news as soon as we get it from Barcelona. We are hoping to get our hands on the svelte handset at Mobile World Congress and let you know what we think.