When Samsung announced the Galaxy S2 Plus at CES last week, we were kind of confused. Why refresh a phone that’s soon going to turn two years old? But then we started thinking. There’s probably a sizable number of people who don’t want today’s jumbo phones. The 4.8 inch Galaxy S3 was crazy, and the 5 inch Galaxy S4 is going to be even more insane, so what’s out there for you if you want something small?
Then there’s the whole emerging economies angle. Buying a 600 EUR phone is OK if you’re living the rich life, but not everyone can be so fortunate.
Enough about the reasoning for this phone’s existence, let’s get to what we just heard about the device. We thought the S2 Plus was going to be nothing more than the two year old Galaxy S2, but with a few minor tweaks to the casing to make it cheaper to produce. Turns out Samsung changed the guts as well. There’s a 1.2 GHz chip in there, just like the original, but if you were expecting an Exynos inside, well … we hate to tell you this, but there’s a Broadcom chip in there. Specifically the BCM28155.
We know said chip has a pair of ARM’s Cortex A9 processors, it can do 21 Mbps HSPA+, there’s dual band WiFi in there, along with NFC, and it’s made using 40 nanometer transistors, meaning it shouldn’t draw too much power. It’s certainly not the advanced 28 nanometer process in the new Exynos 5 Octa, but hey, what did you expect?
So when is this thing going to come out and how much is it going to cost? Like everything announced at CES, we have absolutely no idea. It could be tomorrow, it could be June, we weren’t given any hints. When we’re in Barcelona next month for Mobile World Congress, you bet we’ll be Samsung’s booth trying to get some answers!