As promised, Samsung unveiled the official successor to the Galaxy S – the Galaxy S II (I9100) – in a pre-MWC announcement. It is scheduled to release in parts of Europe and Asia by March, and global availability should follow soon after.
Featuring the Super AMOLED Plus – the Galaxy S II has a 4.3 inch Gorilla Glass covered screen (800×480) that Samsung assures the world is much better than the IPS panel (or Retina Display) of the iPhone 4. The phone’s screen bezel is also extremely thin when compared to the massive display.
Also new, is the use of a dual-core CPU, assumed to be one of Samsung’s Orion SoC processors, which recently received the Exynos branding. It also has a solid 1GB of RAM on board.
At 8.49 mm, it is also making headlines as the thinnest smart phone in the world. The Galaxy S II runs Gingerbread, and touts a new and improved UI customization – Touch Wiz 4.0. The new interface will also have four new hubs, called Reader, Game, Music, and Social, for Specialized UI interactions.
Samsung has also put in some new security features, including remote lock, remote wipe, remote app shutdown, and remote locator. It has an 8 MP camera that’s capable of 1080p video recording, and , also sports a 2 MP front-facing camera for video calling.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab II was also unveiled in the pre-MWC announcement, with few new details. The Galaxy Tab II runs Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). It has a 10.1 inch screen size (1280×800 pixel – WXGA resolution), offering a new form factor for those not excited by the original 7 inch Galaxy Tab.
Other features unveiled include an 8 MP rear-facing camera capable of 1080p HD video capture, a 2 MP front-facing camera for video-calling, stereo speakers, a width of 10.9 mm, and encoding/decoding 1080p HD video onboard.