Samsung announces Galaxy S II Plus; not much has changed

How many Galaxy S smartphone models will Samsung release? Apparently as many as the company thinks will sell. Today the company announced the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus, a new version of the smartphone that first launched in May 2011.

While the original Galaxy S II ran on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the Galaxy S II Plus will come with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. It will still have a 1.2 Ghz dual core processor inside and a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display. It will also come with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, an eight megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front facing camera.

Other than the Jelly Bean Android OS and some Samsung-created apps, there isn't a lot that's new inside the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus compared to the original. The company has yet to give a release date and a price for the smartphone but it's likely that with almost no changes to the hardware, the Galaxy S II Plus will have a budget minded price point. Meanwhile, people are still awaiting the official announcement for the Galaxy S IV, which could come sometime later this spring.

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Sounds like they are following apples strategy. Keeping phones on the market as long as they are wanted. Iphone4 is still being sold in the UK and that was sold in jun2010 in the uk.

REM2000 said,
Sounds like they are following apples strategy. Keeping phones on the market as long as they are wanted. Iphone4 is still being sold in the UK and that was sold in jun2010 in the uk.

Ah no.

Apple didn't re announce / manufacture the phone. This phone hasn't been sold for 6+ months and now its back in a worse condition. Apple kept the 4 alive till the 4s and introduced a 8gb model same specs otherwise and kept it going. They didn't bring it back after the success of the 4s.

Samsung had had a somewhat successful launch with the s3 and guess what? They release this. Not saying this is there next big release but they are working ass backwards. Could of just kept the s2 Alive instead of adding a plus to the end of the name even thou I agree with the person above its a minus.

Meh, with Galaxy 3 Mini and this S2 Plus garbage they seem to be going to the wrong direction. If they think that their customers are just bunch of idiots and going to buy this garbage, be ready for their very near decline. For me? This will be the first and the last Samsung phone I ever buy.

What is the difference between Jelly bean 4.1 and 4.2 because lots of companies don't seem to be putting 4.2 on the phones?

I'm 99% sure there is also Users mode, so you can have various users like how it is in Windows or Linux. And you are right, I also hear from devs is not great, veryy buggy.
EDIT: Here actually: http://www.android.com/whatsnew/ you can see ALL the features of 4.2. But again, still buggy which is the answer to your question probably.

I still think it looks better than the SGIII. I was really looking forward to the new model and ended up leaving the Samsung brand after the tablet shaped SGIII

It's actually less good. The new CPU is slower than the Exynos 4 dual. Galaxy S2 Minus would've been more accurate. Also has less storage on board (8GB on the + vs 16GB on the original).

They've probably stopped producing the Exynos 4 dual and switched to a chip they can buy from a third party.

I've never heard of 1GHz of RAM before.

Everything else looks standard. Looks just like the original, but will be good for those on a bit of a budget I would assume.

LaP said,
Or simply a company making a new revision of a popular product ?

I would have thought the creation of the next version, the SIII would be the "latest and greatest". Is this a U-turn from their under-performing sequel handset?