Samsung has announced that they’re getting ready to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus. The Samsung Galaxy S II Plus seems to be running the same specs as the Samsung Galaxy S II, but with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Most of the features you get with the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus will come with the pending Jelly Bean update for the existing Samsung Galaxy S II.
Here’s what you can expect from the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus:
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus WVGA display
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor (type not specified)
- 8GB storage (a big drop from 16GB)
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear-facing camera (with zero-lag shutter)
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 1,650 mAh battery
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
With added software features from its nature-inspired user interface:
- Direct Call – Enables users to automatically dial a call when the phone is held up against their ear
- Smart Stay – Recognizes when someone is looking at their screen and will dim the screen settings accordingly
- Smart Alert – Lets users know about missed events or status updates when they pick up their phone
- Popup video – Allows a video to play anywhere on the phone’s screen in a resizable pop-up window
- S Voice – Allows you to control your device with your voice
- Voice Unlock – Allows you to unlock your device using only your voice.
There are also newly added features for the camera, such as Buddy photo share, Group Facetag, and Face Zoom, that will allow you to deliver the “complete photographic experience”.
Samsung Galaxy Plus users will also have access to AllShare Play, which allows user sto share content across various Samsung devices using one account.
So you can see that this device is almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy S II, except that it will come pre-loaded with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Most of the added software bonuses this device will have will be available for the original Samsung Galaxy S II through the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.
So I’m still unsure why Samsung is basically relaunching the Samsung Galaxy S II. Maybe it’ll have a revamped design, who knows. Maybe the processor will be a latest-gen processor. But as of right now, it looks like it’s a better idea to just buy the original Samsung Galaxy S II at a very discounted price than pick up this phone.