Samsung Galaxy S II Preview, hardware specifications and hands on video

Let’s just start by saying that Samsung’s Unpacked Keynote was one of the most boring a useless keynote I have ever attended. Thankfully for the company the products being unveiled vast overshadowed the lackluster presentation: not a single live demo, tons and tons of useless PR talk and even more PR talk (to make things worst the whole thing start one hour late and nobody ever told the audience what was going on). But let’s forget about this and concentrated on one of the most powerful handled device ever created: The Samsung Galaxy S II. So what’s so specially about it? Well, to put it simply: the hardware hardware specifications are just insane:

Network
HSPA+ 21Mbps/ HSUPA 5.76Mbps
EDGE/ GPRS Class 12
Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Quad band UMTS 850/900/1900/2100

Application Processor (SoC)

Samsung Dual Core Application Processor*
Exynos 4210 Dual-Core Cortex A9 CPU @ 1Ghz with Quad-Core Mali-400MP4 GPU

Dimensions
125.3X66.1X8.49mm

Display
4.3″ WVGA SUPER AMOLED Plus

Memory
1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB
MicroSD (up to 32GB)

Camera
8MP AF with LED Flash + 2MP Front

Connectivity
Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
BT v3.0+HS
USB 2.0 OTG

Connectors
MicroUSB, 3.5mm Ear Jack

Battery
1650mAh

OS
Android OS Gingerbread

Message
SMS/MMS (OMA v1.2)
Email (POP3/IMAP/SMTP, SSL/TLS)
Exchange ActiveSync Email

Audio
MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB
AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, FLAC, XMF

Video
MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1
Recording & Playback 1080@30fps

Image
JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP, AGIF

GPS
A-GPS

Sensors
G-Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, NFC, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor

Convergence
Easy Set-up (WPS PIN/PBC, Wi-Fi Direct)
AllShare (DLNA1.5)

4 Hubs
Social Hub / Readers Hub /
Music Hub / Game Hub
Others
TouchWiz
Google Mobile Services
Voice Recognition and Translation
Samsung Kies 2.0, Samsung Kies air

Let’s start with the new Super AMOLED Plus screen. You can now forget about the crazy Pentile Matrix sub-pixel arrangement we had on previous AMOLED panels that are causing nasty banding issues on some Android devices and both Windows Phone 7 Omnia 7 and Focus handsets. Samsung is now finally using what looks like a regular RGB arrangement and no longer RGBG craziness. The result is that you now simply have the most amazing screen ever. The sharpness of an LCD with the contrast and super wide color gamut of an AMOLED. A WVGA Super AMOLED screen had 768,000 sub-pixels while a WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen packs 1,152,000 sub-pixels. Samsung now calls this the Real-Stripe Matrix (looks like regular RGB to me…) Check out the close up shot below or my Super AMOLED vs Super AMOED Plus comparison here:

The Galaxy S II is also powered by Samsung newest SoC or Application Processor the Exynos 4210 (know as Orion) composed of a Dual-Core Cortex A9 1Ghz CPU with NEON instructions and a Quad-Core Mali-400MP4 GPU (3200Mpix/s fillrate). All this horse power didn’t really wow me at all on the handset I played with but this is probably because it was still running beta software (it was not snappy at all and scrolling was often choppy). My Samsung Omnia 7 with its ancient QSD8250 was miles better in terms of overall smoothness so this just goes to show that it’s all about the software folks. But there’s one thing that did look impressive: 1080P video decoding and encoding. Build quality was similar to the First Samsung Galaxy S (all plastic) so if you hated it then you won’t like this one. Everything else was just TouchWIZ 4.0 mumbo Jumbo and kinda messy (frankly only HTC knows how to correctly skin Android). My opinion is that Samsung should only concentrate on building awesome hardware and let the software to others (most of the “amazing” software stuff announced was already available in some form on older platforms or is just third-party applications that could work on any other Android device regardless of its hardware).

After today’s show I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung totally ditched Windows Phone 7 (especially after the Nokia partnership) given how heavily they are betting on Android for the high / mid-end and Bada for the low-end.

Check out the Samsung Galaxy S II vs the Galaxy S, Nexus S, Omnia 7 below:

  • drone3

    Now that they got rid of the pentile matrix does the text read like the iphone?
    This has been the only thing preventing me from switching to android. I read e-books on my phone and i need the text to be super crisp no jagged edges.

    Let me know.

    thanks

    -d

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Well it’s like a regular LCD but with all the AMOLED advantages. The iPhone 4 still has a higher PPI given it’s small screen size (3.5″)

  • drone3

    I just found this little piece of info from “ubergizmo.com”-

    Samsung can’t really match the pixel density of IPS LCD without running into power consumption troubles, so it pitches a better “image quality” instead which is somewhat subjective and harder to measure.

  • Diego!

    OMG!!! It’s stunning!!
    I want it badly :-)

  • Gjkw

    Samsung is de BEST!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s stunning, but it’s running Android, which is it’s biggest drawback. That’s coming from a former Android user for 9 months.