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Samsung has today introduced another new Android smartphone to add to its portfolio, and you'd be right in thinking it looks an awful lot like the Galaxy S2. That's because it does, and this new device is the Galaxy S2 Plus. The most notable improvement is the software. 

Running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung's latest Touchwiz Nature UX, the rest of the specs are either a minor bump from the Galaxy S2 or pretty much the same. The Plus houses a 4.3 inch WVGA Super-AMOLED Plus display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8MP and 2MP rear and front facing cameras respectively. On board storage is just 8GB, but is expandable by microSD card which Samsung says is supported upto 64GB.

Otherwise, that's about all she wrote. Looking through the specs there appears to be an NFC version and a non NFC version, and the camera has a pretty nice sounding zero lag shutter speed. No word as yet on price or availability, and you'll find the full press release after the break.

Seoul, Korea - January 10, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today Samsung GALAXY S II Plus, which combines the performance that have made the GALAXY S II one of the world’s most recognized phones, together with nature-inspired user-interface and intuitive features that greatly boost its usability and functionality.

• The GALAXY S II Plus runs on Android™ 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) enabling faster and smoother screen transitions, and
  providing an enhanced user interface featuring a new, easier-to-use notification panel. It is powered by an impressive
1.2 GHz dual core processor that enables easy multi-tasking, smooth screen transitions and superior graphics for
some of the most demanding applications and games.

• The GALAXY S II Plus’ nature-inspired user-interface is complemented with intuitive features that make the phone really
  easy to use. Direct Call enables users to automatically dial a call by taking the device to the ear. Smart Stay recognizes
  whether the user is looking at the screen to dim the screen accordingly; while Smart Alert lets users know about
  missed events or status updates just by picking up the phone.

• The GALAXY S II Plus also sports a range of additional features that boost performance and the overall experience in
  entirely new ways. Popup Video allows a video to play anywhere on the screen in a resizable pop-up window while
  simultaneously running other tasks, eliminating the need to close and restart videos when checking new emails or
  surfing the Web. S Voice lets users control the phone using their voice; and Voice Unlock lets users unlock the phone
  using their own voice.

• A 4.3” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display offers a generous viewing experience and enables photos captured with the
  powerful 8MP camera to be enjoyed in true clarity.

• The rear camera features a zero-lag shutter speed that captures moving objects easily without delay. The innovative
  ‘Buddy photo share’ function also allows images to be easily and simultaneously shared with friends pictured in an
  image directly from the camera or the photo gallery. Additional features include Group Facetag and Face Zoom to
  deliver a complete photographic experience. The device is packed with the latest Samsung content services including
  AllShare Play, which lets users share content across Samsung devices using a single account and password.
  Users can also enjoy all the benefits of Samsung Hubs, including the latest versions of Readers Hub, Video Hub,

  Game Hub and Music Hub. 


Reader comments

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S2 Plus, minor spec bump over the original


No to piss on Samsung's parade. But why are they selling this phone? They start to sound more like Apple by pushing out last year models as its 'value' phones.

Because Samsung's customers have asked for this type of phone to fill their lineups.

And in case you're wondering, those customers are mobile carriers ;)

If you don't want one... STFU and don't buy it. Not everybody can afford the latest gadget or maybe they don't need the most high end stuff. So for "mid-level" people... they can buy this.

The S2 is a great device in its own right; and it is being re-purposed for people on Prepaid. Not everyone wants to purchase a used S3, so they can buy this brand new, possibly cheaper than the the S2 that's for sale right now. They're probably just clearing old stock. But, trust me, I asked the same "why?" when I first saw this.

Where's the spec bump? There isn't one. It's just an S2 now with 4.1.2 out of the box, and some galaxy S3 software features, which happen to be the only 'addition' or 'plus' in this case, to the phone.

Screen is still old 800x480 even.

I can't see any major spec bump, everything looks the same except the original only supports 32gb SD cards and came in options of 16/32GB options, this phone is downgraded to only 8GB.
I'm guessing maybe this is supposed to be a cheaper version for all of the prepaid carriers that are now offering it, or people who want to buy it directly to use on prepaid.

I still have my AT&T S2 the HSPA+ one not the skyrocket and I have JellyBean 4.2 running on it, i use it for work, so I guess I have the Galaxy S2 Plus+

And why is the screen smaller? My S2 is 4.52 inches. This one is 4.3. Wouldn't that make this a new device, not a refresh of old stock?

I don't see any improvement over the S2 (intl. version). It is the same phone, except that it comes pre-installed with Jelly Bean. The S2 is getting Jelly Bean too, with the same features and TW 5.0/Nature UX. Is this their attempt to clear out surplus S2s? Because no-one will buy brand new S2s now, unless they weren't called S2s.

Yeah, that is what I was thinking too when I read it - update the software on the old hardware you have a warehouse full of, and release it as a new device. I hope it works for them.

Hmmm I ask myself why has this to come out? Samsung really tries to be apple. Always bringing out old stuff selling it as new. Wow. I do not see the need or sense of a galaxy s 2 plus.

They most likely replace Samsung S2 and continue it's production since i guess people still buying S2 as it is cheaper phone

JellyBean 4.1.2 right out of the box but only 8GB of internal memory... sorry, but that's just crappy. Why? Because Google decided it was 'best' to remove the ability to use removable media to store apps. Unless the developer goes through the hassle of re-coding their apps to specifically work with JellyBean's restriction and allow downloading to external SD (which, at least in my experience, they seldom or never do) 8GB are going to be quite useless.

On a high end phone like the nexus 4, I agree 8gb is crap. but none of us are this phone's target and your not going to be playing massive games with this phone. Just typical fruit ninja or something. Non-gaming apps can fit perfectly in 8gb and it's obvious Samsung and prepaid carriers have been targeting prepaid with S2's, it's actually the best smartphone that prepaid carriers directly offer themselves, this so called upgrade is just a way to bring down prices ( at least prices for the prepaid mvno , who knows if they'll pass it down to the customer )

It's the new "entry level" phone. They'll sell a ton to folks who don't want to pay for the latest and greatest.

This is a total load of crap and a slap in the face. I havea skyrocket which is basically this phone with lte and I am still waiting on Jellybean. I just lost all respect for samsung. I had to install Cyanogenmod 10 to get Jellybean and it runs 10x better than stock .

The S2 Plus is not quite like the Skyrocket (1.5 GHz processor, larger screen, more internal memory, LTE of course), and I'd think the regular S2 owners would be more peeved than us Skyrocket owners. :) Like you, I flashed CM10, and even if official JB comes to the phone, I may just stay with Cyanogenmod and wait for CM10.1 stable. I don't miss TouchWiz and all the ATT bloatware, so I don't have a compelling reason to go back to stock.

I still have my AT&T GS2, it's better. Better processor, more int memory and sd card support. The only difference is the new one comes with Jelly Bean out of the box. Mine is rooted and running CyanogenMod nightlies. Why would anyone want to order the new one with a bump down in processor, less int memory and no LTE support. If this came with LTE support then maybe it would be worth the bump. The GS@ is a very fast phone, whatever they did to this out of the box it works. The phone feels great in the hand.

I feel it is my obligation everytime this happen, here goes again.

You have been lied to. The ATT version use Qualcomm S3 processor, the international version of the S2 use Exynos. More megahertz do not always equate to more performance. This is like an Intel Pentium 4 compared to a Core 2 Duo. You can overclock the Qualcomm S3 to 1.9GHz (which I did), the Exynos dual 1.2Ghz of the S2 and TI OMAP 1.2GHz of the Nexus are still much better processors with better performance, both those devices also have better hardware acceleration to play HD videos smoothly, the Qualcomm S3 struggle or is incapable with some, especially MKV format.

I want to think that this way Samsung will keep updating android for the S2 for a longer time, but HEY! start releasing jelly bean! It's been a long wait :(

Didn't they cancel one similar to this last year that had a 720p screen? This must be for people buying a new phone outright.

Those people should just buy a used S3.

I really can't see the reasoning someone would get this, whether its for prepaid or not, as much as people need a slightly smaller screen and microSD slot. Just think how much more benefit a Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4 gives, despite lacking external storage. The only noticeable size different between the three devices is that the S2 is 0.8-1cm shorter, about as thick and wide, while having 800x480 resolution instead of 720p. And if you buy it just to use official Touchwiz Jelly Bean on the S2, it is not going to get Android 5 and 6 like the Nexus devices will.

It make as much sense as the $400 Galaxy S3 mini, which is the same price as the 16GB LG Nexus 4 and $50 less than an HTC One X. If this JB SII was $250 at most, only than it would be justifiable, I know it won't.

The one 'Spec' that isn't listed is the cost, or more importantly, the street price.

If priced aggressively this will be a great phone. I would love to see this model offered on Virgin Mobile USA.

It now costs them less to make and with the reduced storage even more so.
It's a good enough phone to wet the whistle of most but now the S3 is a very clear upgrade option.
They could have added nfc as standard but why give the phone more life than they need to.

Some ppl disregard this has nfc. So with that, better software, and a much more decent camera that the S3 mini lacks; this phone seems to have everything you want it to have if you want to avoid the bigger flagship phones from Samsung.
I'm sorry, but I'm a guy. I've been able to put my phone in my left pocket of my pants since 2004, I'm not ready to change that.

I have a problem trying to find out which phone
Samsung galaxy s2 or s2 plus
s2 plus is abit cheaper here and according to youtube reviews original s2
is better in benchmark results

please leave a reply as im very exited to get my first phone

I have problem with my phone s2 plus in the internl memory is 8 GB ,but in my phone is 4 GB what should I do please any one help me thank's