Given the kind of sales Samsung flagships are seeing, one would imagine that the company is too focused on the high end tier to keep the customers happy. The Galaxy S III is still one of the top selling smartphones and with good reason. There is enough being told about a successor for the S3 and now we have something which will appeal to the low end/mid-ranged market segment as well.
Samsung has just taken the wraps off the Galaxy S II Plus which is a slightly modified version of the 2011 hot seller, the Galaxy S II. This version comes with Jelly Bean out of the box, with the new TouchWiz Nature UX on board. So it’s pretty much like a Galaxy S III Mini. Looking exactly the same as the Galaxy S II, there are hardly any modifications when it comes to the exterior, so that the loyal S2 owners feel at home with this one. Samsung launched the Galaxy S Plus last year as an upgraded version of the original Galaxy S and we can see where the company is headed now. One visible difference between the original Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S II Plus is that Samsung has used the hyperglaze plastic cover used in the Galaxy S III instead of the one we saw in the original Galaxy S II. Before we dive into specs, it’s important to mention that there’s going to be a NFC and a non NFC variant of the smartphone (known as the I9105P and I9105 respectively). The smartphone will also be a little heavier this time around at 121 grams instead of 116 grams, although it’s going to be unnoticed.
The Galaxy S II Plus packs the same 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus panel with a resolution of 480×800. Also on board is an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP front facing camera sensor. The smartphone uses the dual Core 1.2 GHz chipset made by Broadcom and packs 1GB of RAM. Although it comes with only 8GB of internal storage, we don’t see it being much of a hindrance as it has expandable storage via the microSD card slot. Rest of the connectivity features are on board and should complement the device well. Instead of the 1,650 mAh battery pack, Samsung has gone with a relatively bigger 1,750 mAh battery pack which should provide prolonged usage. There’s no info given on when the device will be launched or for how much, but we’ve got a feeling that it won’t be priced anywhere north of $400. Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean is present by default, which is great for a smartphone of its caliber. The device will be available in Dark Blue and Chic White color variants.
Samsung has carefully cut down on a few premium components of the original S2 and replaced them with cheaper ones, but since that’s the purpose of the smartphone, we can’t argue with its logic. This is a great addition to an otherwise crowded mid-ranged segment, and should go a long way in appealing to the first time smartphone user. Looking at the scheme of things, it appears that the Galaxy S II Plus will arrive first in Europe and Asian countries, followed by other locations. What do you think of this new Samsung offering? Let us know by dropping a line below.