Though the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a phone that would be turning two years old this June, Samsung still has some plans for the one-time flagship. The South Korean company unveiled this week an updated twist on the Galaxy S2, a version with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a faster processor called the Galaxy S2 Plus.
Most of the basic specs of the Galaxy S2 Plus are pretty much the same as that of the Galaxy S2. The device includes a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, a slightly faster dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, a 1,650 mAh battery and, once again, Android 4.1 out of the box. The original Galaxy S2 shipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but has since been upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Existing Galaxy S2 users are currently waiting for Samsung to roll out its Jelly Bean update for international, non-carrier versions.
With Samsung announcing the Galaxy S2 Plus as a device for midrange customers, the rumor mill has also picked up for its upcoming high-end flagship, the Galaxy S4. Also this week, Samsung unveiled its Exynos 5 Octa processor, a system-on-chip with eight cores in a “hybrid” setup. This means that four of the cores would be based on Cortex-A15 architecture and designed to tackle more sophisticated processes such as keeping the user interface moving seamlessly. The other four cores would be based on Cortex-A7 architecture, and would fulfill more basic processes and ensure longer battery life through better utilization. However, don’t get your hopes up as Samsung had merely stated that the Exynos 5 Octa will be due for release later in 2013. While there’s a chance it will power the Galaxy S4, a mid-to-late 2013 release could mean its inclusion in a later-year release, such as Samsung’s rumored Galaxy Note 3 with 6.3-inch display.