Posts Tagged ‘Samsung-Galaxy-S-II’

NVIDIA confirms Samsung Galaxy S II Tegra variation

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

We had heard back in February that due to manufacturing shortages of its own dual-core Hummingbird CPU, Samsung, might enlist the help of NVIDIA to provide chips for its Samsung Galaxy S II devices in non-crucial markets.

Today, NVIDIA has confirmed that. Speaking at ITProPortal, a spokesperson for NVIDIA revealed that not only would the LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix receives the Tegra 2 treatment, but Samsung’s Galaxy S II devices would as well.

It had been originally speculated that Samsung would be using its dual-core Exynos chips for regional versions of the Galaxy S II line while leaving NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform for none region specific areas. However, it seems that the company’s in house chips might not be to par as of yet and as such the Tegra 2 will be substituting the Exynos for the time being until Samsung figures something out.

Other than the Tegra 2 processor, the Galaxy S II line will feature Android 2.3 Gingerbread along with a bigger 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with TouchWiz 4.0 overlay and an updated 8 megapixel camera with a 2 megapixel front facing camera and HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC and Bluetooth with storage options between 16GB and 32GB.

The devices are expected to hit retailers no later than the last week of March and if all goes according to plan, Samsung is looking to eclipse its milestone set last year for most cellphones shipped. With the features mentioned in this phone, we don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible for them to do so, but we’ll have to wait and see. Until that time, we’ll tell you the usual, continue saving for this device when it drops.

Source: ITProPortal

Samsung Galaxy S II May Feature Tegra 2 Processor in Some Regions

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Samsung announced their next generation of smartphones at Mobile World Congress last Sunday. Even though the Samsung Galaxy S II feature some of the most advanced features found in mobile phones to date, one thing was clear, the Korean manufacturer was sticking with in house components for the majority of its manufacturing process, from the Super AMOLED Plus screen to the ARM variant of its dual-core Hummingbird processor, all were in house.

Samsung had originally claimed that the processor behind the second generation Galaxy S devices. However, the PR team from said company soon retracted the statement saying that Samsung’s own Exynos processor would be doing the magic under the hood.

Now it seems that that may not be entirely true as AnandTech has released documents that show a Galaxy S device benchmark test with none other than a GT-i9103 Tegra 2 processor under the hood. More importantly, Samsung’s own specification sheet says that the dual-core Exynos processor “may not be applicable in some regions.” This could mean one of two things: NVIDIA might not be able to meet the demand with its in house chips and instead opt for NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset for noncritical markets.

A classic example is Samsung’s choice to replace their Super AMOLED technology with Super Clear LCD screens for its devices heading to Russia. It did so with its less feature rich phones as well when it opted for Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor instead of using their own Hummingbird processor.

At any rate, opting for NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor instead of their own processor should not affect the devices performance as both chipsets are made from the ARM architecture and NVIDIA’s tech currently powers Xoom from Motorola and the Optimus 3D from NVIDIA as well as LG’s Optimus Pad tablet.

Source:  AnandTech

Samsung Galaxy S II pre orders begin

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

As you might know already, the Galaxy S II is official. The device that has been talked about for the past months is finally official thanks to Samsung’s Mobile World Congress keynote on Sunday. But what is even more impressive is that the device is now available for pre-order, SIM-free to those residing in the UK.

The listing we speak of is from Clove.co.uk who is currently offering the Galaxy S II sans a contract (SIM free) for the cool price of £480 which is a much better buy than the previous £550 we had been seeing earlier. That said, we’re not sure if we would actually preorder said device as its expected ship date is “Q2 2011” which means it’s not coming out before April or preferably May.

The phone will support Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a dual-core Orion processor that cranks out somewhere in the range of 1.0GHz in terms of clock speed. The display has been lifted in size from 4 inches to 4.3 inches and the resolution is the same 800 x 400 although the screen technology has been upgraded from Super AMOLED to Super AMOLED Plus. The camera on the rear of the device now sports 8 megapixels instead of 5 and it can do full 1080p video shooting unlike the predecessor which was capped at 720p. Also the front facing camera has been upgraded from 1.3 megapixels to 2.0 so video calls are a lot more crisp and clear. And in case you’re wonder, yes, the phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n as well as HSDPA and NFC technology.

A worth upgrade for both current Galaxy S owners, and for those looking to move into the fold of Samsung!

Source: Clove

Galaxy S 2, Desire HD2, Desire 2, and Wildfire 2 specs leaked

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Well it’s less than 24 hours from Samsung’s keynote but if we are to believe these leaked specs, we might not have to wait until Sunday to know what the second generation of the Galaxy S has in terms of specs.

The Samsung Galaxy S II‘s processor is a 1.2GHz Qualcomm 8260 Snapdragon processor, dual core with 3D acceleration. The display is a WVGA 800 x 400 capacitive touchscreen with a 4.27 inch screen real estate dubbed the Super AMOLED Plus. Memory is 512 MB and there is 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD card expansion for 32GB. Andoird 2.3 Gingerbread will be included as well and there will be quadband and dual band cameras as well as an 8 megapixel back camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing. The camera on the back also does full 1080p video shooting.

The Desire 2 will contain a Snapdragon processor at 1GHz along with a WVGA 800 x 480 3.7 display. The camera on the rear of the device is 5 megapixels that does 720p video shooting. The memory is 512MB and internal storage is 4GB along with a microSD card expansion to boost it up to a 32GB. Twitter, Facebook and FriendStream integration. Navigation is done via an AGPS radio along with an accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor. Web browser with support for Flash and an Office Document Viewer are all included.

The HTC Desire HD2 comes along with a 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon processor along with an 8 megapixel camera that does full 1080p video shooting at 30 fps. You also get video streaming via YouTube and it supports formats for MP4, 3GP, DivX XviD. The phone will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread along with dual band and quad band cellular radios. Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI TV Out and WiFi hotspot are all included in the package. HTC Sense 3.0 will also be included.

The HTC Wildfire 2 will sport a 600Mhz Qualcomm processor with 3D acceleration. Display is 320 x 480 on a 3.2 inch screen that is capacitive as well as TFT. Video recording is 720p via a 5 megapixel rear camera. We’re also being told that it will support App Sharing as well as an Office Document Viewer and navigation via an AGPS radio and digital compass.

Source: Pocketnow