SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S II for free

Samsung Galaxy SII ( Samsing GT-i9100) users can now freely SIM unlock their devices in just a few minutes similar to what was possible on the Samsung Galaxy S. All you have to do is download the following application :

Market link (mobile): here

Market link (desktop): here

and run it on the device. It may take a few minutes for the application to find the code on the handsets and sometimes this code may be wrong but it’s worth a shot.

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Samsung Galaxy S II reviews: The best Android smartphone ever ?

The first Samsung Galaxy S II reviews just popped-up today courtesy of Samsung UK who seems to have handled review samples to UK editors this week. The verdict seems to be really positive especially Vlad’s review. According to Engadget’s editor the Galaxy S II is simply the best Android smartphone ever created.

The handset’s biggest sell point is obviously its 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display which I hand the opportunity to check out in Barcelona in February during the MWC11. Gone is the annoying PenTile Matrix subpixel arrangements which is no replace by a normal RGB matrix. This essentially means that the WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen has 1,152,000 sub-pixels compared to 768,000 if it was a regular Super AMOLED panel (see my Super AMOLED vs Super AMOLED Plus hands on comparison here).  Interestingly Samsung is also allowing the user to tweak the screen’s color saturation via a setting called “Background Effect”.This is definitely a good thing given that AMOLED panels are highly color saturated most of the time.

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Samsung Galaxy S II to be available on May 1st in the UK

Samsung has just announced that the mighty Samsung Galaxy II super-phone will be available on May 1st across all carriers in the UK. This will be the i9100 version with the new 1.2Ghz Exynos 4210 SoC and Super AMOLED Plus display. You can check out my hands on video here and here and a close up of the Super AMOLED Plus screen here.  Now I just hope that the software has been improved since February (it was choppy most of the time) and that the device won’t melt after a few hours of use (the prototypes I played with were all burning hot). Full press release after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S II gets a processor speed bump to 1.2Ghz

The Exynos 4210 powered version of the Samsung Galaxy S II (not to be confused with the Tegra 2 version) is apparently receiving a processor speed bum to 1.2ghz according to Samsung Estonia’s Facebook page. The device was initially announced with a 1Ghz Dual core CPU back in February in Barcelona and is now expected to hit the streets at the end of May or June.

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One more Samsung Galaxy S II hands on video

You may have noticed that it’s a relatively slow news weekend here (yeah I’m not feeling like posting every single bit of WP7 related rumor / chatter lately..) so I decided to dig into my Mobile World Congress stash and post a second Samsung Galaxy S II hands on video for your viewing pleasure. There’s definitely nothing amazing in there ‘just all everything that came out of MWC this year unfortunately) but if you are still craving for some Exynos 4210 action just hit the break to check it out.

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Super AMOLED vs Super AMOLED Plus

Here’s a small non-scientific comparison of the new Super AMOLED Plusdisplay found on the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy S II versus the regular Super AMOLED found on the Samsung Galaxy Sand Samsung Omnia 7. I unfortunately can’t upload the full resolution images where the difference between two is more clearly visible because my server bandwidth would take a serious hit so I re-sized them a bit and did some cropping. Check them out after the break:

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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:

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 specifications and press shot leaked

Both devices’ hardware specifications have just leaked prior to their unveiling tomorrow night in Barcelona. The first one is the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (or Galaxy S II) pictured above which apparently packs a Dual-Core 1Ghz CPU (the clock speed sort of confirms that it’s a Orion aka Exynos 4210), a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Android 2.3 with what looks like an updated TouchWIZ UI. The handset will weight only 116g and be 8.49mm thin (the Galaxy S is 9.9mm).

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Samsung Orion Dual-Core processor now named Exynos: Commercial production starting next month

Samsung has just announced in time for Sunday’s MWC event that its Orion Dual-Core Cortex A9 (with NEON) SoC will be officially part of the Exynos line of chipsets. The previously announced Orion processor will actually be the Exynos 4210 and is supposedly going to power the soon to be unveiled Samsung Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 (Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Tab II). This new SoC will feature a new dual-core Cortex A9 CPU clocked at 1Ghz and an ARM Mali-400 MP4 GPU (yes, no more PowerVR SGX). Check out the full specifications and press release after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to be announced on February 13th

Nothing really surprising here but according tot the event planning document posted above Samsung is set to launch not only Samsung Galaxy S 2 but also the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2  (Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Tab II) on February 13th in Barcelona just ahead of MWC. Still haven’t received my Samsung invite for this event yet but will obviously have tons of videos and pictures of both devices once I get my hands-on there ( Sony Ericsson’s invitation indicates that their event will take place around the same time on the 13th so it’s going to be a bit tricky to cover both events given that I’m alone..).

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 to be announced on February 13th

Samsung has just unveiled that they will announce what looks like the Samsung Galaxy S 2 / Samsung i9100 (Samsung Galaxy S II)  on February 13th in Barcelona a few hours before MWC starts. The device is expected to feature the company’s new Super AMOLED Plus display and Orion Dual-Core SoC. The company held a similar event last year on the same day to unveiled the Samsung Wave and its Bada platform, but this one seems to be focus on Android though.

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Samsung Infuse 4G with new Super AMOLED Plus 4.5 inch display unveiled

Did Samsung finally find a way around the PenTile Sub-Pixel Matrix arrangement for its AMOLED And Super AMOLED displays? Only time will tell but according to hardware specification of the newly unveiled Samsung Infuse 4G the new Super AMOLED Plus panel has 50%more sub-pixel compared to the regular Super AMOLED displays. The device sports a gigantic 4.5 inch screen and a higher clocked 1.2Ghz Hummingbird SOC (so no dual-core as seen in the rumors ).The Infuse 4G which is headed to AT&T also has an 8MP camera on the back and a front facing 1.3Mpix for video chat, runs Android 2.2 and an HSPA+ radio (no LTE in sight). More picture after the break:

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