Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus: great handset with decent specs, reasonable price


    It is set to be a hit with the masses in many countries. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus is truly a great handset with decent specs and reasonable price

    Galaxy S2 Plus is being launched in many markets across the world. Though Samsung’s second generation Galaxy handset seems a bit old, it is still a very hot property in the market and is being sold in large numbers across the world. Following the launch of Samsung’s third generation Galaxy S3, S2’s prices were slashed. This seems to have helped the Galaxy S2 continue being among the highest selling handsets across the world. In United Kingdom, it is still the third top selling handset and its demand there is still higher than Cupertino based Apple’s top selling handset iPhone 5.

    Its continued popularity among consumers across the world seems to have prompted Sammy to bring out newer version of this rather two year old handset. Galaxy S2 Plus seems to be an effort in the same direction by Korean tech giant that has mastered the art of launching handsets with minor up-gradations. Right now Samsung is on a high with consecutive successful launches and the glory of being world’s number one smartphone manufacturer. The mobile company is so confident of its line-up that it is releasing sequels to its popular devices, the latest one being Samsung Galaxy S II Plus.

    Samsung Galaxy S II is one of Samsung’s flagship models which was the predecessor to the latest version, Galaxy S III. Samsung Galaxy series debuted the smartphone market with Galaxy S and has performed exceptionally well with every new device under the umbrella. The Galaxy brand has diversified into a lot of price and sizes but the S range of smartphones remains Samsung’s top bet in the smartphone market.

    Samsung Galaxy S II plus is Samsung’s attempt to juice its popular brand further. The phone more or less carries nearly the same specifications as the previous version and performs similarly as well. Some departments in the latest version have seen reductions though, which may translate to a lower price point of the incoming phone than the outgoing model. The display has gone on the lower side with no Gorilla Glass protection, even when the previous version had one. The inbuilt memory has also been reduced from the previous 16 GB to 8 GB now. The move is being touted as Samsung’s measure to cut some cost.

    The spec-sheet of Galaxy S II Plus looks similar to the earlier model. The phone is based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS and has a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. Under the hood, the device packs in a dual-core Cortex A9 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. The battery capacity is same in both the models of S II. The reduced internal storage can be expanded to 64 GB with the help of a microSD card.

    The new phone has an 8 megapixel camera on the back which is accompanied by LED flash and can record videos in full HD resolution of 1920×1080. The front camera is of 2 megapixels. Other features loaded on the device include dual-band Wi-Fi capability, Bluetooth 3.0, and there is optional provision of NFC also. The phone also has an interesting new feature installed which allows a user to set a vibration alert for a caller, customized just like a ringtone. The phone also has some of Samsung’s now common features on its range of smartphones, such as, Smart Stay, Smart Call, Smart Alert, Pop-up Video, S Voice and others.

    The latest version of the device has a plastic back panel but feels slightly heavier. Overall the new phone has slightly updated nook and corners but the feel of the previous phone is carried on. The phone is just a renewed launch of an existing phone and carries no drastic changes to influence new customers to the device.