The Galaxy S2 was one of the smartphones which helped catapult Samsung to success with Android, as it was a good-looking, well built device with great features. It has since been replaced by the Galaxy S3, which is all these things and more, but Samsung has decided to bring the S2 out of retirement, give it a new suit and send it out into the world again.
Meet the Galaxy S2 Plus, which Samsung announced yesterday. It’s almost identical to the S2, except the old textured battery cover and plastic chassis has been replaced by one made from the same polycarbonate material used to make the Galaxy S3. It’s tougher and more modern, plus it brings the S2 Plus nicely in-line with Samsung’s current Galaxy range.
Inside the device it’s very similar to the 2011 phone, with a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and the same, brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. The only change is a drop from 16GB of internal memory to 8GB, however it still has a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 64GB in size, so this probably won’t be much of a concern.
The main alteration is the S2 Plus’s operating system, which is now Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, complete with several of the software tweaks seen on new Galaxy phones, such as S Voice, Smart Stay and Pop-Up Video. Its presence on the S2 Plus indicates Samsung could be ready to release a 4.1 update for the original S2 soon.
While the S2 Plus is still a competent phone, we’re not going to see it go on sale here in the UK, at least according to a Samsung spokesperson who talked to CNet UK.