It’s definitely not safe to put all your eggs in one basket in today’s tech world, but Samsung’s basket count is getting a bit out of hand. We know that Sammy’s increasing Android popularity is due to the fact that the company has devices for all tastes, needs and budgets, but the already thin lines between low-end, mid-range and high-end are just about becoming invisible.
The Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 are Samsung’s flagships. That’s clear and obvious. The Galaxy S2 and all its variants are now considered mid-range. That is also undisputable. But what about the Galaxy S3 mini that will be on display in a German press event tomorrow? Is that high-end? Samsung seems to think so, although we’re not convinced.
And if that wasn’t enough to mess with our heads, here comes the Galaxy S2 Plus. This is a device that started making the rumor rounds right next to the S3 mini a couple of months back. While it is yet to be confirmed by Samsung, it looks like the real deal.
The S2 Plus has just been spotted in an AnTuTu benchmark carrying the GT-I9105 codename, and its rumored spec sheet continues to puzzle us. The test pretty much confirms that the handheld will be equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. The model and maker of the CPU is still unknown, although we’re ready to bet it will be an Exynos SoC.
The GPU powering the S2 Plus is thought to be a PowerVR SGX 544 MP, which is the main reason we don’t exactly know what to think of this phone. We’re yet to see the new graphics processing unit in action, but chances are it’s much snappier than the Mali-400 MP powering the S2, S3 and GNote 2. But if that’s the case, won’t a 1.4 GHz dual core CPU cripple the GPU’s performance? And if happens, will the S2 Plus end up being just another mid-ranger easy to lose track of?
Well, we can’t fully answer those questions yet, but we do have the AnTuTu result that should shed some light on the S2 Plus’ oomph. So, how does the new phone’s 7,458 score compare with GS3 and GNote 2’s results? In short, not good. The Galaxy S3 easily scores around 10,000 in the benchmark, while the Note 2 has been seen at a whopping 13,500.
We can’t rely very much on just one benchmark result (especially one leaked online), but it does look like the Galaxy S2 Plus will be just a slightly evolved version of the original S2. The rest of the rumored specs support that, starting with the running of Android 4.0 ICS and wrapping it all up with a pretty modest 1,650 mAh battery. Not to mention that the 4.3-inch display is thought to come with a 960 x 540 pixels resolution, which is anything but high-end.
Would anyone consider getting a Galaxy S2 Plus with this rumored spec sheet? Is it really the time for Samsung to come out with a Galaxy S2 rehash?
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If the price is low, yes
What evidence do you have that this is to be the GalaxyS2 Plus? What is plus about a smaller screen then the original GS2 that was 4.53 inches? Why would Sammy release the GS2 plus after the GS3? If all you have is the GT-I9105 code name then GS2 Plus is pure speculation and rumor.
The S2 had a 4.25″ (or 4.3) WVGA screen.
So, even taken on it’s own, the new screen is already an “S2 Plus” spec…
From Samsung’s website: http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SGH-T989ZKBTMB
From T-Mobiles Website:
Samsung Galaxy S™ II – Titanium…..
Display4.52″ Super AMOLED Plus WVGA touch screen800-by-480-pixel resolutionI was off by 0.01 when I said 4.53. Woops. but still bigger than 4.25
Aah…it seems neither of us is wrong as such.
But, consider this: I was referring to the international version of the S2…and not the specific T-mobile variant you’ve linked to.
As far as I would be concerned, the international variant is available in more markets and therefore is the ‘default’ version of the phone – case in point: it’s taken me (a non-US, Android loving, Galaxy S liking user) more than a year and a half to find out that a 4.5″ version of the phone exists…
Ah yes the International version. I knew what you were referring to. I just like to be difficult sometimes because I work for T-Mobile and like to tout the fact that we got the GS2 model with the biggest display. My wife has it and it is a great phone. I still cant understand why Samsung would release another GS2 variant after the GS3 release. But we shall see!