Today in Barcelona, Samsung took the wraps off the newest member of its Galaxy S series of Android handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S II. Running Android 2.3 on a 1-GHz dual-core Samsung CPU, the Galaxy S II is designed to put an incredible gaming, media, and productivity phone in the palm of your hand. The 8mm thick, 0.25 pound phone includes a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED screen which is designed to provide an extra sharp and bright image, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, dual cameras (2-MP front, 8-MP back), a microSD card slot, NFC-support, HSPA+ connectivity, and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
With this launch Samsung is beefing up its software by offering additional “Hubs” of content and communication. The Galaxy S II will have four new hubs:
The Galaxy S II has other unique software. Samsung Live Panel promises an enhanced homescreen view that incorporates live web pages, content from apps, and messaging. Kies Air allows users to manage their smart phones from a Windows PC, downloading photos from the handset, listening to music on the phone, or checking call logs via a Wi-Fi connection. The Galaxy S II also features several Enterprise-friendly features such as Exchange ActiveSync (for enhanced MS Exchange support), On-Device Encryption to protect your data, and Cisco VPN, WebEx, and VPN support.
Unfortunately, there’s no immediate plan to bring the Galaxy S II to the U.S. and pricing / availability for Europe and Asia have yet to be announced.
We had a chance to do a brief hands-on with a demo device that did not have the Hubs or any of the other exciting new software working. However, we were impressed with the colorful screen, light weight, and textured backside. Check out our video and gallery below for a closer look.