Samsung Galaxy S II Launched
Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S II, dual-core successor to the multi-million-selling Galaxy S. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread-powered handset features a Samsung-built processor (very likely Exynos), 4.27-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, and eight-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture plus 2-megapixel front-facing webcam. Apparently the phone is just 8.49 millimeters thick throughout, making it thinner than Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc and thus the world’s thinnest smartphone (for now).
Samsung has added a number of software enhancements to the stock Android build, most notably its TouchWiz UI, which has been updated to version 4.0. It seems Sammy has taken a page out of Microsoft’s book with a heavy emphasis on hubs, including ones for music, gaming, reading, and social networking. Like the Nexus S, Galaxy S II includes NFC hardware, suggesting that this method of payment is finally set to take off in the US.
Although there was no mention of pricing or a release date, Expansys posted an expected shipping date of June 13th for the 16GB model (no specifics were given for the 32GB model). Interestingly, it appears that the SGSII will go by model number GT-i9100, which has been predicted by Eldar Murtazin but later thought to have changed to i9200 after photos from that device began showing up in Picasa; does that mean the Galaxy S III is already undergoing testing?