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Just like it promised, Samsung has unveiled the official successor to the Galaxy S the Galaxy S II (I9100) in a pre MWC announcement. It also unveiled the Galaxy Tab II, of which we have more coverage later on in this article, on the next page.
Featuring a new type of display technology Super AMOLED Plus the Galaxy S II has a 4.3 inch Gorilla Glass covered screen (800×480)that Samsung assures the world is much better than the IPS panel (or Retina Display) of the iPhone 4. The phone’s screen bezel is also extremely thin when compared to the massive display.
Also new, is the use of a dual core CPU as the brains for the unit. Samsung has not officially mentioned what this processor is, but it is apparently not the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC, instead, it is one of Samsung’s self developed Orion SoC processors, which recently received the Exynos branding. According to reports, it is probably the Exynos 4210 dual core SoC that was just previewed a short while ago. It also has a solid 1GB of RAM onboard.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is also making headlines as the thinnest smartphone in the world, measuring in at 8.49 mm in width (we assume this is at its thinnest point). This makes it even thinner than the previous slim champs the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and the LG Optimus Black. The ultra slim quotient shoots through the roof, when one looks at the measly weight of the phone 116 grams.
The Galaxy S II, just as expected, runs on Gingerbread, and touts a new and improved UI customization TouchWiz 4.0. The new interface will also have four new hubs, called Reader, Game, Music, and Social, for specialized UI interactions. There’s also a 3 axis gyroscope onboard, for enhanced gaming interactivity. An NFC (Near Field Communication) chipset will also be available in some models. Also to be noted, is the 21Mbps HSPDA connectivity mentioned.
Samsung has also put in some new security features, trying to attract enterprise users to their fold. Features include remote lock, remote wipe, remote app shutdown, and remote locator. Before you take a look at the specifications below, know that the Galaxy S II has an 8MP camera that’s capable of 1080p video recording, and, also sports a 2MP front facing camera for video calling.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is only scheduled to release in parts of Europe and Asia by the end of this month, and global availability should follow soon after. Apart from the specifications, do also check the new hubs, and other software features.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo and Pro (above) are identical handsets, with the only difference being that the Xperia Pro has a horizontal sliding QWERTY keyboard, is 0.5 mm thicker, weighs 14 grams more, and comes packing a document editor onboard.
In a sense, the Xperia Neo and Pro are quite similar to the Xperia Arc, featuring the same Mobile Bravia Engine for optimal viewing pleasure (and presumably the same Reality Display), the same 8MP Exmor R camera, and the same 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor with Adreno 205 GPU.
The differences between the Arc and Neo and Pro lie mainly in screen size, with the two newly introduced models featuring a 3.7 inch screen, compared to the Arc’s 4.2 inch screen, though they all share a FWVGA resolution (480×854 pixels). From what we’ve seen of the specifications, it also looks like the Neo and Pro will have a little less user available RAM than the Arc’s 512MB, the same 380MB as the Xperia Play. and Europe by March, with global availability presumably soon after that. Check out the specifications of the Xperia Neo below, with some of the above mentioned differences between it and the Xperia Pro highlighted:
Apart from announcing the not so imminent mobilization of its iPad killer the HP TouchPad the computer giant also revealed two new smartphones, the HP Pre 3 (left), and the HP Veer (right). Both run webOS 2.2, a newer version of Palm’s mobile operating system co developed by HP when it bought the company in mid 2010. A half year after the takeover, HP had released the Palm Pre 2 a webOS 2.0 smartphone. Now, three months later, HP has finally dropped the vestigial Palm name in its mobile offerings.
HP Pre 3
The Pre 3 has a nearly identical design and form factor as the earlier two Palm Pre phones, and has a 3.6 inch capacitive touchscreen with 24 bit colour and a 480×800 resolution. It boasts of a 1.4GHz processor from Qualcomm, has 512MB of RAM, and runs on webOS 2.2 (seems like the webOS version naming might follow the Android convention, separating tablets and phones).
It also has a 5MP camera with LED flash capable of 720p HD recording, and a forward facing camera for video calling. Called a world phone, it will support both GSM based HSPA+ and CDMA based EVDO Rev A connectivity. It also has Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR and Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.
HP went ahead and squished the Palm Pre 2’s design, and made the diminutive HP Veer. Featuring a smaller 2.6 inch touchscreen (320×400 resolution) and a small “full sized” QWERTY keyboard. The Veer has an 800MHz processor (Snapdragon 7230), and 512MB RAM. It supports HSDPA+, as well as Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity.
It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage, as well as an accelerometer and light sensor. While no pricing details have been revealed, the phone will apparently be released this “spring”, ahead of the Pre 3.
While we did have an inkling of this in advance, we are still a bit awed by the news that Olive Telecom has announced the launch of an Android Gingerbread phone in India, one that apparently is just 9.9 mm thick, and sports HSPA+ (14.4 Mbps) connectivity the OliveSmart V S300. Olive is calling the device the first HSPA+ smartphone in the country, though we’re more excited about it featuring the latest Android phone specific operating system one that was just introduced with the platform lead device, the Google Nexus S.
On paper the OliveSmart is certainly well endowed, with the “ultra slim” bodied phone boasting of a 4.1 inch capacitive multi touch screen with a 800×480 pixel resolution, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor along with the Adreno 205 graphics engine, 512MB RAM and 2GB ROM, a 5MP rear camera (with flash and auto focus) and front facing VGA camera for video calling, along with a 1400 mAh battery.
Other features include a dual microphone arrangement for active “Fluence” noise cancellation, 720p HD video recording and playback, 3.5 mm audio jack and HDMI D port, Wi Fi and Bluetooth v2.1 connectivity along with DLNA, as well as GPS/accelerometer/ambient light/digital compass sensors, and 2GB onboard storage along with microSD expandability up to 32GB. Add on features include Live TV (Zenga), document editor, push email and an e book reader.