The new Samsung Galaxy S II/GT-I9100, which follows last year's launched Samsung Galaxy S, is Samsung's first dual-core Android smartphone. Running on Android 2.3/Gingerbread, the Galaxy S II is powered by a Samsung Exynos dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC CPU at 1.2 GHz. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA (up to 21 Mbps)/HSUPA (up to 5.7 Mbps) at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz. Furthermore it features Bluetooth 3.0+HS, WiFi a/b/g/n, aGPS and an inbuilt FM radio. With the 4.3" capacitive WVGA touchscreen, which is covered by Gorilla Glass, Samsung raised the bar even higher since it's the first smartphone which utilizes Samsung's brand new Super AMOLED Plus technology.
On the back, the device sports a 8 megapixel autofocus camera with supporting LED flash which allows to record 1080p HD videos at 30 fps. A second 2 megapixel fixfocus camera is on the front above the screen and can be used for video telephony and chat. The Galaxy S II comes with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM which can be expanded with microSD memory cards up to 32 GB. Being extremely thing at a size of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm, the Galaxy S II weights 116 grams - including the 1650 mAh Li-ion battery.
While the Samsung Galaxy S II supports all Google Android services, it's not a Google experience phone and therefore not sporting the Android typical keyboard layout. In addition to the centered physical home button, the device only features a capacitive menu and a back key. While it lacks a dedicated search key, search can be opened by pressing and holding the menu key. It's also not featuring the stock Android 2.3 user interface but Samsung uses its own TouchWiz 4.0 user interface.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is already available in the UK, the continental European launch is expected for mid of May. It's expected that the Galaxy S II will hit North America anytime in Q3-2011. The expected retail price is anywhere around 599 Euo.
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