The super-slim Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, set to begin shipping this month, has reportedly received an update to a 1.2GHz ARM-based Cortex-A9 processor.
Galaxy S II smartphone, scheduled to begin shipping later this month, is
already getting an update.
sources-including the Facebook page of Samsung's Estonia offices-have confirmed
that the smartphone will receive not its promised Exynos chipset featuring a
1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, but a 1.2GHz A9 instead, GSM Arena
reported April 6, adding that the switch will boost the Galaxy S II "to
the top of the Cortex-A9 class, in pure computing power."
To the buzz
about the smartphone, Engadget
added that there was word that the phone
might suffer a release-day setback, but that Samsung, in a Tweet, clarified
that all is going according to schedule.
"Samsung Galaxy S II
will be first released in
April, as planned," came a Tweet from the Twitter account SamsungTomorrow.
It was followed by the addendum: "It will be gradually rolled out in each
market according to the local launch timetable."
Samsung first introduced the super-slim smartphone
follow up to its popular lineup of Galaxy S phones, each tweaked for Samsung's
numerous carrier partners-at the Mobile World Congress event Feb. 14. It runs
the Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" operating system and features a
4.3-inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED-plus (active-matrix organic LED-plus) touch display,
Samsung's 3D TouchWiz user interface, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with
LED flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and WiFi, Bluetooth and
assisted-GPS connectivity. Plus, at 8.49mm thin, it manages to out-skinny the
9.3mm Apple iPhone 4.
The Galaxy S
II can be personalized with a feature called the Samsung Live Panel-a
magazine-style layout that aggregates frequently used content, such as email,
music, weather or photos on the home screen.
There are also
various Hubs-including a Social Hub, a Music Hub and a Game Hub. The Readers
Hub, for example, offers access to 2.2 million books, 2,000-plus newspapers and
2,300-plus magazines in 22 languages. Plus, "Crisp, sharp text makes
reading a pleasure, and your experience will be easier to manage with
magnification, text only and page views," according to Samsung literature.
For those that fear the book is dead, chin up. "Believe in books,"
Samsung goes on, "but look beyond paper."
users, it has on-device encryption and supports a VPN connection, Microsoft
Exchange ActiveSync, the Microsoft Exchange Server, and officey things like email,
calendar, contacts and tasks. Samsung has also worked with Cisco to offer WebEx
support on the device, and with Sybase so that corporate security policies can
be applied to the Android platform.
But wait! There's
also introduced Kies Air-a way for users to manage the contents of their
smartphone on their PC via a WiFi connection. It's called WiFi Direct and
enables users to transfer information between devices-send a photo from the
phone to a printer, say. Plus, NFC (near-field communication), the new
must-have technology that Google and Apple are also behind, is additionally on
Galaxy S II also supports HSPA+ (High-Speed Packet Access)-the 4G flavor
currently offered by T-Mobile and AT&T-at 21M bps, according to Samsung,
which should let you stream video no-problemo.
One of the
only details Samsung hasn't provided about the Galaxy S II is its price. UK
Tech site Play.com, however, has listed it at about $880-a price you can bet the
U.S. carriers that offer it will heavily subsidize.