At CES, Samsung, while not introducing anything super exciting (ie. the Galaxy S IV), did show off a new Galaxy S phone, the Galaxy S II Plus. The new SII Plus, which retains a pretty similar look to the original S II, received some new enhancements over its predecessor. The display, like the original, remains at 4.3-inches and retains the same 800 x 480 resolution, even the camera is the same 8-megapixel shooter as the original. It’s the inside, where Samsung supposedly gave this device a boost.
The new SII Plus is now running a snappier 1.2GHz dual-core processor (an apparently faster processor than the previous 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos), which will come in handy, since it will ship with Android 4.1.2 aka Jelly Bean. On top of Jelly Bean (of course) is the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz, complete with other Samsung staples like S-Voice, voice unlock and even pop-up video, which offers users the ability to watch movies while responding to emails or text messages.The battery and RAM also remain the same at 1650 mAh and 1GB respectively, but it’s the SII Plus’s storage that takes the biggest hit, dropping down to only 8GB from the original SII’s starting point of 16GB. With the low storage capacity and screen resolution, it looks like this SII Plus is going to be aimed directly at the pre-paid market. Samsung hasn’t announced a specific price, launch territory or release date for the SII Plus, so we’ll have to wait it out a little longer.