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After a successful 2013, the world's leading tech consumer goods manufacturer Samsung has outset the announcements of the batch of launches planned in the roadmap of 2013, and the first one to grab the attention is highly rumored successor of ever popular Samsung Galaxy S2. Well, no need to get confused, the talk is not about Android smartphone king Galaxy S3, rather, Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus - to add another mid-range smartphone to its budget-friendly portfolio.
According to the company's press release, Galaxy S2 Plus has been unveiled running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system and has been launched with a slight spec promotion as compared to Galaxy S2.
However, it is to be noted that Galaxy S2, the best seller of 2011 was launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and received the upgrade to Android 4.0 ICS, while it is still awaiting its Jelly Bean upgrade.
Moreover, looking at the specs, it seems like Galaxy S2 Plus could come in two different vairants - NFC and non-NFC. As of now, there is no information on the price and availability of the smartphone.
Further the press release noted that Galaxy S2 Plus will get released in the market aggregating the performance of Galaxy S2 with nature inspired user interface and intuitive features, thereby boosting the functionality and usability.
Hence, lets take a sneak peek at the specifications of Galaxy S2 Plus and analysis how is the kin successor better than Samsung Galaxy S2.
Dimensions & Weight: Galaxy S2 Plus measures 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.9/8.5 mm in dimension for NFC and non-NFC variants. However, the weigh remains the same at 121 grams. When it comes to Galaxy S2, the handset measures same as the non-NFC variant of Galaxy S2 Plus - 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm and weighs in at 116 grams.
Display: The handset packs a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus WVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, which is the same as Galaxy S2.
Processor: In this segment, Galaxy S2 Plus and Galaxy S2 are powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor under their hood.
Operating System: Galaxy S2 Plus is based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box, while Galaxy S2 is awaiting its Jelly Bean upgrade roll out.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has new features including Project Butter, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam and many more.
Camera: Again in the camera segment, both Galaxy S2 Plus and Galaxy S2 have an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera for video calling.
Storage: Galaxy S2 Plus has 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Connectivity: The handset comes packed connectivity features including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC (optional) and micro USB 2.0, similar to that of Galaxy S2.
Battery: Even in this segment, both the handsets head against each other with a 1,650 mAh Li-ion battery of undisclosed backup.
In this segment, Galaxy S2 Plus scores more as it is equipped with features including Buddy Photo Share, Group Facetag, Allshare Play, Popup Video, S Voice and Direct Call.
Price & Availability
As of now, there is no official word regarding the price and availability of Galaxy S2 Plus.
Hence, it can be concluded that Galaxy S2 Plus has come out packed with slight specs enhancement as compared to Samsung Galaxy S2 including the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and software features.