Samsung Galaxy S II Torn Apart – Magic Found Inside
While this particular beast of a superphone hasn’t hit the US shores yet (unbelievable!), it’s selling like absolute hotcakes overseas, with over 3.5 million units sold in the past 60 days. And this, in and of itself, should be reason enough to take this beautiful piece of hardware, and tear it apart right? Thankfully, i’m not the only one that thinks this way – and the kind folks over at ABI Research have taken the liberty to tear it apart to see what sort of magic is inside.
Anyway, their tear-down revealed some very interesting things, among them that Samsung has incorporated technology that has never been used before — in any device. Especially significant is the use of the Exynos 4210 dual-core 1.2 Ghz Samsung processor. Based on ARM’s design, the Exynos is looking to be a big competitor to the Tegra 2. ABI Research said that Samsung has set “a new benchmark for almost every category on which a smartphone is measured.” The new changes include:
- Exynos dual-core apps processor. 118.8 mm2 die size with amperage specs roughly similar to the Tegra 2.
- New single-packaged multi-band multi-mode PA from RFMD.
- New CMOS-based antenna switch.
- New lower-power XMM6260 cellular chipset from Infineon.
While this report is designed for industry big wigs and others that make business decisions, it’s still worth a check. Either way, it’s nice to see that Samsung has truly innovated with this particular device, and I expect it to be the best selling Android phone of 2011. Head on over to ABI Research to see the teardown for yourself.