Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphone utilizes a new design approach and cutting-edge technology, according to a new teardown by ABI Research.
Samsung's Galaxy S II embraces a new design approach along
with cutting-edge technology, according to a teardown by ABI Research. That
combination could make it a viable competitor to the highest-end smartphones
currently on the market.
"Samsung started from scratch with this phone: almost every
component is new," James Mielke, ABI Research's vice president of engineering,
wrote in a July 7 statement. "It is the first to use the Samsung Exynos 4210
dual-core application processor (a competitor to Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2)."
Other changes include a new CMOS-based antenna switch, a
lower-power XMM6260 cellular chipset built by Infineon, and a single-packaged
multi-band, multi-mode PA from RFMD.
Samsung first unveiled its Galaxy S II prototypes at the
Mobile World Congress in February. The smartphone runs Android 2.3
"Gingerbread" on a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus (super active-matrix organic LED
plus) screen, powered by that 1.2GHz processor. It first hit store shelves
April 29 in South Korea, eventually racking up worldwide sales of 3 million
units in its first 55 days of release. Exact U.S. release dates, however,
In all, Samsung has profited immensely from Google Android
devices. The Galaxy S line sold more than 10 million units worldwide in 2010,
enough to place the company ahead of Motorola and HTC in Android handset sales,
and the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet has attracted solid reviews.
With that success, though, comes inevitable conflict.
Microsoft is reportedly demanding $15 from Samsung for each Android-based
smartphone the latter produces, arguing that Google's operating system violates
a number of its patents. Microsoft has already managed to extract patent-licensing
agreements from Android device manufacturers such as HTC and Wistron Corp.,
although it faces potentially lengthy court battles with Barnes & Noble and
Meanwhile, Apple has fired off a wide-ranging lawsuit
against Samsung, accusing the company of violating its intellectual property
rights. A newly expanded complaint targets a multitude of Samsung devices
including the Galaxy S II and Tab 10.1.
"The original complaint already accused Samsung of
-slavishly copying' Apple's designs," Florian Mueller, a self-described
intellectual property activist, wrote in a June 17 breakdown on his Foss
blog. "The amended one stresses that Samsung -has been even bolder'
than other competitors emulating Apple's products."
But the Apple-Samsung battle is an atypical one in the
intellectual-property arena. Even as Apple's iPhone and iPad compete fiercely
with the devices in Samsung's portfolio, Apple remains a major purchaser of
components from Samsung, which seems only too happy to cash the checks. Of
course, that didn't stop Samsung
from filing its own intellectual-property lawsuits against Apple
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