Samsung has given its former Android smart phone flagship – Galaxy S II another refresher with its Galaxy S II Plus. On the surface, it doesn’t look any different from its predecessor. Even the internals sound the same with dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM with the same 8MP camera and 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display that pushes 800×480 resolution.
What you do get out of the box is the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the familiar nature inspired Samsung UI. Just like the new range of Galaxy models, the Galaxy S II Plus gets features such as Direct Call, Smart Stay, Smart Alerts, Pop up Video and Zero Shutter Lag for the camera as well. Since it is aimed as a mid-level device, it comes with just 8GB on-board storage capacity which is expandable via micro SD.
Dimension wise, the new Galaxy S II Plus is exactly the same as the old one but it comes in two variants with either comes with NFC or without. The one without NFC maintains the same 8.5mm thickness while the NFC version is a little bit thicker at 8.9mm. The removable battery capacity remains unchanged at 1,650mAh which results the same weight of 121 grams. In terms of colours there’s a choice of Chic White and Dark Blue which seems to be given the hyperglaze treatment for its back covers.
Surprisingly despite its “Plus” label, the Galaxy S II Plus doesn’t seem to be an upgrade of its predecessor. In last year’s Galaxy SL and Galaxy S Plus, there was either an increase of processor (1.4GHz from 1.0GHz) or increase of battery capacity (1,650mAh from 1,500mAh) compared to the original Galaxy S model.
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