Samsung Galaxy S 2

A big day for Samsung at Mobile World Congress as they have just announced the Galaxy S II, the follow-up to their wildly popular Galaxy S. 

Android Central at Mobile World CongressThe Galaxy S 2 will ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), dual-core processor, 8MP camera with 1080p recording and playback and the beautiful Super-AMOLED Plus display. At 8.49 mm, Samsung is proud to bring consumers the thinnest smartphone available while still delivering on specs and performance. 

An interesting announcement also was Kies Air, which allows users to manage the content on their smartphones from their PC using WiFi. 

The Galaxy S 2 has not been given an official release date, but will be available 'this month'; no news on which markets that is referring to. We'll be at MWC the remainder of the day learning as much as we can about the new Galaxy S 2 device and Touchwiz 4.0, so stay tuned. Full press release after the break. Full and complete specs can be found at the Samsung Galaxy S 2 website.

Samsung announces the GALAXY S II, World's thinnest Smartphone that Will Let You Experience More with Less

Global launch of Samsung's most powerful smartphone delivers unmatched performance with a Dual-Core application processor and best-in-class viewing experience by Super AMOLED Plus display in sleek and lightweight design

BARCELONA, February 13, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the Samsung GALAXY S II (Model: GT-I9100), a beautifully thin (8.49mm) and lightweight, dual-core smartphone that combines an unmatched viewing experience with incredible performance.

The Samsung GALAXY S II uses Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the world's fastest-growing mobile operating system. The next generation smartphone includes access to Samsung's four new content and entertainment hubs, seamlessly integrated to provide instant access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services.

"In 2011, we will take Samsung's leadership in Speed, Screen and Content to a whole new level," said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business. "With the GALAXY S II, Samsung wants to set the new standard of quality viewing on mobile, powerful performance, and slim and modern design."

"GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of GALAXY S. Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are proud to unveil the ultimate smartphone. Consumers no longer have to contain themselves – the Samsung GALAXY S II allows them to design their own smart lives."

"We're pleased to see Samsung bring another Android-powered device to market to help grow the Android ecosystem," said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

Powerful Performance

Incorporating a dual-core application processor and advanced wireless network (HSPA+ 21) connectivity, the Samsung GALAXY S II has the speed and power to provide an unrivalled mobile performance. Dual-core application processor delivers compelling features such as fast web browsing, multi-tasking comparable to a PC-like environment, supreme graphics quality and instantly responsive 3D user interface on the large screen. The GALAXY S II also delivers seamless multitasking, switching between applications instantly. Superior 3D hardware performance makes games and video incredibly fast and smooth.

With super-fast HSPA+ connectivity, the GALAXY S II offers rapid mobile download speeds while BlueTooth® 3.0+HS considerably reduces data transfer times.

The Samsung GALAXY S II has been equipped with an 8MP, high-profile camera and camcorder with 1080p full HD recording and playback. With Samsung's patented AllShare technology, customers can capture, create and then share their experiences hassle-free.

A Next Level of Viewing Experience

The Samsung GALAXY S II has been equipped with Samsung's new crystal-clear Super AMOLED Plus screen, the most advanced mobile visual display ever created. Setting the standard of quality viewing on mobile, Super AMOLED Plus introduces the best in quality in color gamut, contrast ratio and edge sharpness. Using RealStripe screen technology and a greatly increased sub-pixel count, Super AMOLED Plus complements the mechanics of the human eye to recognize images look clearer and more detailed than ever before. With a wider viewing angle and increased visibility in outdoor, the Samsung GALAXY S II provides a more vibrant viewing experience than any other mobile devices.

Even with its unrivaled performance, the innovative Super AMOLED Plus display does not compromise battery performance. A significant reduction in power consumption from Super AMOLED display means it is also more energy-efficient than other comparably-sized devices, allowing Samsung to minimize device weight.

Samsung GALAXY S II Goes to Work

Samsung has introduced a new range of enterprise mobility solutions, expanding the business capabilities of the Samsung GALAXY S II and helping enterprise customers empower a flexible and connected mobile workforce. Samsung has partnered with IT industry leaders to offer the most relevant enterprise solutions to the Samsung GALAXY S II, working seamlessly on the Android Gingerbread platform and paying special attention to securing data and network. These solutions include enhanced conferencing and connectivity services from Cisco, the most comprehensive mobile implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and secure remote device management from Sybase.

A New World of Entertainment and Smarter Interaction

Samsung has selected the Samsung GALAXY S II as its premium mobile product with which to launch Samsung Hubs – integrated mobile applications designed to fit every element of your life. With Samsung Hubs, the Samsung GALAXY S II delivers rich catalogues of books and magazines, music, advanced mobile games and control of your online social life, all from a single device.

• Social Hub Premium: The future of communication – talk to whoever you want, however you want, all from one place – your contact's list. Communication history, IM status, and updates from social networking sites are all readily available. From here, users can access all types of messages (push e-mail, text, VM and SNS) and respond directly without resorting to individual applications. It truly acts as a hub for entire social life.
• Readers Hub: Carry an enormous library of books, magazines and newspapers on-the-go. Through strategic partnerships, Samsung Readers Hub provides over 2.2 million books and novels, 2,000 global and local newspapers in 49 languages and 2,300 popular magazines in 22 languages.
• Game Hub: The easiest way to download and play best-in-class mobile games. Featuring a 3-axis gyroscopic sensor, the Samsung GALAXY S II unleashes a world of gaming possibilities. Try for free and download premium titles from partners like Gameloft, or 'enjoy Social Network Games (SNG) powered by mobage including ngmoco's We Rule and We City'.
• Music Hub: Make Samsung GALAXY S II a personal music manager and access over 12 million tracks from 7digital. Discover what's hot from top charts, search for favorite music, get recommendations on albums, enjoy previews and download them directly to Samsung GALAXY S II.

The Samsung GALAXY S II gives customers more choice in personalizing their smartphone experience. New for the Samsung GALAXY S II, Samsung has introduced Live Panel, a service that aggregates live web and application contents to a single customizable home-screen. Customers can design the lay-out of their own Live Panel, online services and mobile apps to appear on-screen. SNS feeds, information and many more applications can all be embedded and accessed instantly through the magazine-like layout.

With the enhanced voice technology on the Samsung GALAXY S II, customers will be able to do more with less. From opening the app to controlling the messaging, social media, email and calling, Samsung Voice Solution will recognizes voice and convert it to text and vice versa. Customized Voice Translation application makes the Samsung GALAXY S II the perfect travel companion, translating voice or text into - and from - a range of languages: simply speak a word or phrase into the handset and it will instantly translate it, with audio and text output.

For swift and simple device management, Samsung has introduced Kies Air. With Kies air, consumers can manage their smartphone contents from their PC, via local WiFi connections. download photos taken on the built-in camera, listen to music, check missed calls and send messages in the web browser on their PC. For added connectivity, WiFi Direct allows consumers to connect to wireless-enabled PCs and printers without the need for wireless access points. According to market requirement, the GALAXY S II is able to incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to support emerging mobile payment service and other services with mobile operators.

The GALAXY S II is exhibited at Hall #8, Mobile World Congress 2011.
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Reader comments

Samsung Galaxy S II announced, is world's thinnest smartphone


Wow, Samsung really went all out with this new handset. I hope this comes to Verizon, I'll actually will consider buying this off contract if I can't switch my phone for this. Also I bet Jobs is fuming about his phone no longer being the thinnest. :P

In what way? Even if the phone won't be updated quickest, a quick root and installation of a custom ROM will make it more amazing than any other stock phone on the market. And with that hardware (and Samsung's none-too-hard-to-root software), I have a feeling this phone is going to be beast on a custom ROM.

Looks like a worthy successor to my Vibrant (which is running 2.2 at lightning speed without Twiz, thanks to TeamWhiskey!).

The article above states "global launch." Does that mean that AT&T will get the *actual* Galaxy S II and not some watered down, retarded little brother version?

Oh it'll start out as a the actual thing, but once ATT has there way with the device it'll have so much bloatware that the battery won't last a day and it'll crash twice a day.

I'll probably get its replacement in 2012. I don't hate Samsung because I didn't buy the Epic with updates in mind, I bought it because it's a really nice phone.

im not really bothered about anything being announced at MWC other than HTC gear, what i really want to know is whos making the next nexus if there is going to be one, Nexus One was great but Nexus S what was the point in it ?

here is another phone that wont work with half the apps in the market. its annoying when most of the comments say wont work on galaxie or expirea....ect. get a real phone.

How many fools will flock to this device only to get burned by Samsuck once again. No thanks, unless this thing will give me a BJ, I would never buy from this company again.

2.1, while most of the Android world is 2.2 Hope you like 2.1 and the fact that you are defending you POS proves my point as a fool and the reason Samsuck sells so much junk.

well this galaxy s phones even with 2.1 are way better than most competition out there with 2.2, i would take this phone ahead of any other phone including the iPhone, and if he is defending Samsung is because they make the best hardware right now.

You seem to forget that the vast, vast majority of people who buy Android phones couldn't tell you which version they're running or know that firmware updates are a thing that happen, let alone demand one.

I understand the update anger toward Samsung, but remember that post-release support for phones is an expectation that was created within the past few years. The demand for it is low despite how vocal our minority is.

YAY! Yes, I also hope it comes to Verizon. I have the Fascinate, LOVE it and would like the 4G version. I'll spend the $$ before my contract is up for renewal to get it too.

YAY! Yes, I also hope it comes to Verizon. I have the Fascinate, LOVE it and would like the 4G version. I'll spend the $$ before my contract is up for renewal to get it too.

Said this in another post, but are you people basing the Touchwiz hatred on an earlier version? Because I think it works really well in the Galaxy S phones. I prefer the interface to stock Android's.

ok so i went to samsung's site
"Samsung Dual Core Application Processor
Dedicated to speed, Samsung Dual Core Application Processor is
based on Quad GPU and has 3200M pix/s. Clocking at lightening speeds the unrivaled performance of the Dual Core Application Processor provides unsurpassed functionality and density for faster downloads, quicker multi-tasking, a smoother UI, snappier streaming and highly efficient gaming. With encoding/decoding ability that supports video play and recording of all 1080p/30fps makes it no.1 among dual cores.
is it better than the tegra 2 processor?does anyone know?

The specs on this phone are sweet!!

I really like my Captivate, I just wish it had a FFC and a working GPS!!

Does anyone know if the GPS hardware was changed for a better working one??

I would also like to have more details on the battery consumption.

"An interesting announcement also was Kies Air, which allows users to manage the content on their smartphones from their PC using WiFi. "

Old news. I had that since last month on myTouch 4G with Mobisynapse. And I had WiFi sync on my BB9700 also. Welcome to 21st century.

I've had Kies Air on my Galaxy S for at least that long anyway, so not sure why they're only just announcing this now.

Looks like this phone might have a locked bootloader. Read this:

"The Samsung GALAXY S II is the first Android smartphone to adopt powerful encrypted hardware, minimizing the use of security software and applying encryption technology to the hardware itself, greatly accelerating security protection and achieving superior performance."

It's near the bottom of the page.

Now let's just see if they come out with a galaxy s4 when my upgrade is available in December of 2012 (and no, I'm not referring to the end of the world, I'm referring to the end of my contract) :). Really, the only challenge is to see how long I can keep my Epic 4g before being tempted by the coming beasts of 2011-2012.

@Tkun: The encryption hardware is geared for enterprise deployment (think Blackberry). Samsung is trying to attract the business market. Hardware encryption helps overall processing.

I've sworn off of Samsung smartphone. They get you with the glitz then leave you in the dust with no software updates after they get your money.