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Samsung Galaxy S II on its wayBy Staff Writer 14 February 2011 | Categories: news
After teasing us with four new delightful Galaxies filled with Android goodness, Samsung is not letting up. Their latest announcement takes place as the Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, with the news that its flagship Galaxy S II is set to be coming to a store near you.
Samsung bills the S II as the world’s thinnest smartphone, measuring an extra thin 8.9 mm beating the iPhone 4’s 9.3 mm. It’s no slouch, being powered by a 1 GHz Dual Core Application Processor, with no official word from Samsung specifying the exact model.
The other big news is the S II’s 4.27” Super AMOLED Plus screen topping the original Galaxy’s already massive 4” display, with screen resolution staying the same at 480 x 800. It runs on the latest iteration of the Android platform namely 2.3 (Gingerbread), while including Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 user interface as well as their innovative SWYPE typing technology. (More below)
Connectivity-wise the new flagship packs a punch, with HSPA+ (21 Mbps download), Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 n, Wi-Fi Direct, AllShare media streaming and optional Near Field Communication.
Another improvement over the previous model is multimedia capabilities that includes an eight megapixel camera, but more importantly full HD 1080p video recording. There is also a two megapixel forward facing camera present.
Samsung has sharpened the enterprise appeal of the phone by including functionality such as Microsoft Exchange Active Sync, on-device encryption and virtual private network capabilities. Newly announced corporate security policy deployment comes courtesy of Sybase, while Samsung has managed to hook Cisco’s WebEx platform to secure online meetings.
The orginal Galaxy S has sold 10 million devices in just seven months, and this new iteration looks set to do just as well. We can’t wait till it arrives in SA. Unfortunately a local release date and price are unconfirmed at this stage.
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