Samsung Galaxy S II Aims to Raise Bar for Google Android
Samsung's Galaxy S II aims to not only raise the bar for Google Android devices but offer significant competition to the upcoming Apple iPhone 5.Samsung might find itself in a legal brawl with Apple over alleged patent infringement, but the manufacturer still seems determined to take on the iPhone in the one place that ultimately matters: store shelves. The Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, due to arrive in the United States on three carriers in September, offers the sort of high-end specs that could make it a significant competitor to not only Apple's upcoming iPhone 5, but also establish it as a standout Google Android device. The Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone runs Android 2.3, "skinned" with the manufacturer's TouchWiz interface, which distinguishes it from other devices on the market running Google's software. It includes a 4.3-inch "Super AMOLED Plus" screen, fronted with ultra-tough Gorilla Glass, 16GB of onboard memory (expandable via microSD to 32GB), and two cameras-eight megapixels for the rear one, 2-megapixel in the front. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor powers the applications.
The device will make its debut on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile starting in September. Samsung is offering a variety of content hubs, including a Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub and Game Hub.