Feb 10 AT 8:27 PM Taylor Wimberly 50 Comments

Are these the Galaxy S 2 specs? We will find out in three days

In just three days, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be announced at Mobile World Congress. Samsung has been teasing the unveiling pretty hard, but many of the device’s specs remain a mystery (or should I say, unconfirmed). Today we were graced with two fresh leaks, both claiming to reveal the Galaxy S 2 specs.

The first set of specs was provided by PocketNow, which claims they came from retailer Expansys. They say the Galaxy S 2 has a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.27-inch WVGA display, 16 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, and support for HSPA+ networks.

The specs alone sound believable for the type of high-end smartphones we expect to be announced, but the rest of the report includes leaked specs for the Desire 2, Desire HD2, and WildFire 2, all of which include multiple errors or typos. Some oddities include listing the wrong GPU for Qualcomm’s MSM8x60 Snapdragon (Adreno 205 vs Adreno 220), wrong Desire HD2 screen sizie (3.3-inch vs 4.3-inch), less RAM than the original Desire HD (512 MB vs 756 MB), and the Desire 2 using the year-old first-gen Snapdragon (MSM8x50).

Another set of specs appeared on the retail site Mobile Fun. They say the Galaxy S 2 will be powered by Samsung’s dual-core Orion processor (which is what we previously heard) and could be released as soon as March 4th.

New leaked specs from MobileFun:

  • Powerful dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Orion processor
  • Ultra sharp 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0
  • NFC technology for contactless payments and more
  • 1GB RAM lets you multitask with ease
  • Comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording with 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calls

Everything on this list is also within reason for the current crop of high-end superphones. If I had to pick which specs were more current, I would go with the latter from MobileFun. Their site also list some product details which sounds like something anyone could write, but I included them below so you can be the judge.

Galaxy S 2 product description from MobileFun:

  • Powerful dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Orion processor – Welcome the next generation of smartphone. Featuring the powerful and efficient 1.2GHz Samsung Orion processor, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is less like a phone and more like a computer in your pocket. Run more powerful programs, record and play back full 1080p HD videos, switch between multiple programs on the fly, and much much more.
  • Ultra sharp 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen – If you thought the screen on the original Galaxy S was good, you haven’t seen anything yet. The Samsung Galaxy S2 features the brand new and exclusive Super AMOLED Plus technology, at a resolution of 800 x 480. This screen has such a high contrast ratio and provides such vivid colours, it’s the closest you can get to lifelike image reproduction on a small screen.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 – Transfer files faster and listen to higher fidelity music with the latest Bluetooth 3.0 technology. With a theoretical transfer rate of 24Mbit/s, you can play your music through a Bluetooth 3.0 headset or speaker with no loss of quality at all.
  • NFC technology for contactless payments and more – Another innovative feature of the Samsung Galaxy S2 is NFC compatibility. Whether using your phone for contactless paymenents, or just to pair with a compatible speaker or headset instantly and seamlessly, NFC technology expands the possibilities of your mobile device.
  • 1GB RAM lets you multitask with ease – In conjunction with the 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Orion processor, the Galaxy S2 has 1GB of RAM to help power the latest Android apps. Keep more apps open simultaneously, while developers code newer, more functional apps to take advantage of the latest technology.
  • Comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread – The Samsung Galaxy S2 is preloaded with the latest version of Andriod, 2.3 Gingerbread. This offers the best in security, functionality and speed, while also providing maximum compatibility with the Android Market’s thousands of apps.
  • 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording with 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calls – Share your memories with the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording on the Samsung Galaxy S2. Play back your videos with a mini-HDMI port on any HDTV, letting your friends and family see what you’ve been getting up to. Or if you want them to see what you’re doing while you’re doing it, use the best-in-class 1.3MP front-facing camera to show them in real-time.
Galaxy S II

The "Next Galaxy S" device from Samsung's teaser.

The funny thing is that most of these recent specs are actually pretty close to the first leak from July 5, 2010. Back then we were reporting it would come with a “2GHz CPU”, but we now know that’s how some PR folk were describing a dual-core 1 GHz processor. The other specs like a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED 2 display, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, Bluetooth 3.0, and 8 megapixel camera with HD recording sound pretty close to what the final product might be.

Rumored Galaxy S 2 specs from July 2010:

  • 4.3” 1280x720px Super AMOLED 2 display
  • 32GB of built-in flash memory, +32GB microSD card slot
  • 8 megapixel camera with FullHD video recording
  • A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light sensors

What do you think the specs will be?

We now have about 10 versions of the Galaxy S 2 specs, but most of the major hardware components are in agreement. I suspect the Galaxy S 2 will have a dual-core 1.2 GHz Orion CPU, 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1 GB RAM, 16/32 GB storage, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, and support for multiple 4G networks. It’s not too hard to figure out that Samsung is aiming to have the best superphone, and they have the resources to go out and get the best available components.

If you want to see what the final Galaxy S 2 specs are, make sure watch the live broadcast on February 13th at SamsungUnpacked.

Source: MobileFun

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  • http://Website Johnny Derp

    Awesome killer specs. But too bad as soon as this gets to retail Samsung is going to start on the Galaxy S3 and will abandon the SG2 leaving it stuck on Gingerbread. No thanks ill stick with my Nexus S till the next Nexus phone (Nexus N by Nokia? Wishfull thinking).

    • http://Website darcy

      nokia might go with wp7

      • http://Website Nate

        Based on the tone in that letter from their new CEO I could easily see them going with both.

        • http://Website tottyrice

          oh god i hope so they make one of the best phones out there i just hope they let android run it

          • http://Website Nate

            Nevermund, their new CEO just said using android is “like pissing your pants for warmth” so pretty unlikely.

          • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

            No that was their old CEO. But they are definitely not doing Android, their going WP7.

    • http://Website bemymonkey

      Awesome? WVGA again, on 4.3″? Screw that, I’ll wait for at least qHD devices, even if I was hoping for something (far) higher…

    • http://Website tomnewtn

      yes, enjoy your Nexus S between random reboots. My Nexus One ( a REAL Nexus) never pulls that crap. It just works.

      • http://Website ian


  • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

    I hope the NFC rumor is true. I’d love to see that feature really take off.

    I’m all for a 4.3 inch screen. 2.3 preloaded sounds great.

    Likely not going to recommend this to anyone though ;)

    • http://Website Dedé Villela

      You’ve got that right. Imagine that mixed with augmented reality. These hi-end smartphones are ideal for that, and much more.

      Take Starbucks as example: they are leading the pack! Interactive social experiences changing real world scenarios, as they do today with Foursquare, it’s just the begining…

  • http://Website ANNNDYY

    Hey Taylor, are you going to MWC? if so could you please ask Samsung representative directly if they are using RFS again?…….. I’m hoping that they use EXT4 this time :P

  • http://Website Mikey

    I hope it’s not made of plastic.

  • GuniGuGu

    Damn… tough choice between atrix and this if specs are real.

    • qcom


      Which one would you go for?? I’m going to have to decide between the two, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a tough call.

      If it comes with stock gingerbread, that’s really enough for me right there. Also, this thing may even be faster than the T2 in the Atrix. Plus, a bigger screen!

      I think the Atrix is going to be beat if these specs are legit.

      • http://Website Snake

        I wish samsung had better reception. @my job my vibrant is the only phone that the internet doesn’t work. My g1 worked better please

      • GuniGuGu

        I actually posted my reasons below… but i’ll reply to you too :p

        What I like about this rumoured phone:

        NFC chip, Orion (probably faster then T2) Unlocked boat loader + factory 2.3 (don’t care about skins easy enough to remove) + booatloader should be open so custom roms are easy. Better camera and factory 1080p.

        Dislike: No idea on release date + I need an 850 phone really bad. Ideally HSPA+

        If both phones were available right now, I would probably go Galaxy 2 and it did support HSPA+ I would probably go Galaxy 2.

      • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

        >> If it comes with stock gingerbread, that’s really enough for me right there.

        I hate to ruin the fun, but the chance of it happening is next to ZERO.

  • GuniGuGu

    Reasons why I’m thinking of getting this over the Atrix:

    NFC chip
    Orion is probably faster then Tegra 2
    Unlocked boat loader + factory 2.3 should mean updates are easier either via Cyanogen or official.
    Factory 1080p and probably a better stills camera too. The test from the atrix aren’t that crash hot.

    • http://Website UniqueNate

      I didn’t even think of that smh. The original Galaxy S phones had good quality cameras and now that they have 1080p, I hope they put that same quality into it, because big numbers don’t mean anything. I’m sorry but Samsung is on the move.

  • http://Website gadget__junkie

    And a metal body.,but after the shitty wait,no and incorrect dates/info by samsung for froyo release
    I’ll b giving this a miss..enjoying my froyo preloaded whiteGalaxyS,mite as well keep update it,save the time/effort/heartache/wait/samsungBullshit

  • qcom

    What are the chances this thing will make it to AT&T at launch?

    You know, à la Captivate if they decide to version their handsets again.

    • GuniGuGu

      God I hope they do an AT&T release… in our largest service provider is telstra. They are the only ones with a HSPA+ network and they have the best coverage and best speeds no question. But it only runs on 850 band!!!

      I just switched to them and i have a tmobile n1, which means my phone is roaming still!! I really want this, but I may not be able to resist the lure of the atrix if this phone is still far from release.

      • http://Website tottyrice

        lol my contract with verizon has expired so i went to the tmo store to get the g2 but the lady that the place told me that i should wait a little long for dual core phones to come out, so i been waiting for eight now!!!

  • http://Website Daniel

    Sounds pretty good. But honestly, that “July 2010″ leak doesn’t really sound like a misguided “PR folk”. More like some dude just making up rumors by analyzing the trends back from 2010. Everything mentioned was pretty easy to guess to anyone reading the news back then, and failing so hard on the screen resolution (plus other less aggravating inaccuracies) is a pretty good indication that he had no actual insight on product development.

  • http://Website anthony

    Excuse me for being blunt but wake up you dumb a–es. How many times will you trust samsung haven’t they disappointed many already.
    Samsung has no regard for you after the sale. The customer service is well to be accurate. The inmates are running the asylum. I will say this if you purchase from them ya might as well ask the person at the register to kick you in the nuts now and start the painand yes don’t forget your idiot hat on your way out
    Sorry for this but its pretty accurate

    • http://Website UniqueNate

      The hate on Samsung is getting old. If it’s not for you let it go and get you something else.
      May be slow if at all on the Froyo release but their devices are some of the best with quality. The bad people talk about them is so overrated. Respect a device how it is and not for a lack of one recent update. I don’t care for Flash to much. That’s the biggest feature in Froyo. Other then that the Galaxy S phones perform well. That’s why their hardware is so close to the iPhones in comparison.

      The Nexus Doesn’t even have Gingerbread yet. No other phone but the Nexus S has Gingerbread yet. You have to root to have it, and even then it’s not the same. Give me a device natively that punches with power and silky performance. It satisfies me. I just add a launcher and custom docks with custom text icons and call it a day. I want quality with my big number specs. You guys make yourself mad by commenting on it.

  • http://Website anthony

    Oh one more thing that picture is definitely a samsung phone poor girl smiling not realizing its blowing up right there in her face.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    regardless of what samsung has done, they make awesome stuff. I’m past the plastic. I do wish and hope it’s more metal, soft touch, or unibody.

    I don’t believe those specs though. Some of the Desire specs where the same exact specs as the original that was posted on. I do believe it will have the Orion.

    I personally want this phone. Others may want something else and something better is always coming around the corner, but I think this will be a satisfying device to stick with for a year or more. Yea, faster cores will come, but the software will not be able to catch up with it in time. I don’t want something in the mix of the next gen. I want something that is the next gen to hold me over until a year or more when the next gen comes around again.

    I wonder how the successors will fan out to U.S. carriers. Personally Sprint since I am a Sprint customer. I want the Epic to lose the Keyboard or have a better design. I love how tight and compact the Fascinate was. It’s like it wore the material it was made out of skin tight.

  • MitchRapp81

    probably cheap plastic like the GS and NS … no thanks.
    Like packing a Ferrari engine in a KIA.

    • http://Website Ryan

      Plastic like nearly every other phone from every manufacturer? The screen is still one of the toughest out there.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    It seems Orion was just a code name http://engt.co/gQtoZ2
    I believe Samsung hasn’t even showed us what’s really going on. Nvidia, look out for comp.

  • http://Website Dedé Villela

    The only spec I would bet is the mini-HDMI port. The 4.3″ screen with resolution 480×800 still too much conservative, by the way. Otherwise, better wait a few days until we get the real deal.

    Best regards.

  • http://Website DarknesSx

    “March 13″??????? You mean Feb. 13 right?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Thanks. Fixed.

  • http://Website Hans

    If the new rumored specs are true, then I have found my new phone. ;)

  • http://Website BlueScreenJunky

    There’s one important spec missing : No support and no future software upgrades :-P

    Trolling aside, that could very well be my next phone (I LOVE the amoled screen on my Nexus One, the one on the Nexus S is even better so I can’t wait to see this one, plus if those specs are close to what we get it will be awesome), BUT I’ll first make sure that it can be unlocked and that good custom ROMs like Cyanogenmod are ported to it, so I know that someone will update it if samsung doesn’t.

  • http://Website dezvous

    Damn this is definitely going to be my upgrade from Vibrant, and I STILL love this phone!

    Let’s just hope the FFC and LED Flash are on all versions of the device and there aren’t a whole bunch of hardware differences between the different carriers.

  • http://Website nUn

    These should have been the specs for the Nexus S

  • http://Website clydenclar

    Recent experience tells me to stay away from Samsung smart phones. I’m not saying “never” but…. Yeah, I guess I’m not using a Samsung phone for a long, long, looooong time. They’re not the only ones who makes Android phones anyway…

  • http://Hmmminteresting Tenio66

    MobileFun has the right specks… for the phone i want to buy changing my Hero to something that will run everything :-)

  • http://Website Kev

    Hahahaha samsung using a 2 GHz Snapdragon processor?? When hell freezes over!! Samsung is a semiconductor making company, they’ll use their own chips manufactured by sammy! Thats like saying intel will use provide AMD chips for computer manufacturers!!!!

  • http://Website Martin

    It will have a full aluminium body …. From a insider :P

  • http://Website AceoStar

    Make it stock and I’m in

  • http://Website ablkida

    Samsung: Look we got a new phone!
    Consumer: Cool, are we going to be able to upgrade to Android Ice Cream?
    Samsung: Of course! This phone has the best specs EVER!

    Six months later…

    Consumer: Where is my upgrade?
    Samsung: Look we got a new phone!

    Haha… bad bad Samsung! Feel free to call me a hater and bitter!

  • http://Website Paul

    Yeah, my first thoughts was “Nice specs, hope they like the Android release it comes with, because it’ll be stuck on that for a very long time”

    They really have a great CPU, GPU, screen, etc. hardware is slick. But they really messed up in the software department, lots of PO’d Galaxy S customers, and they have a right to be. I really think their QA or PR department should pick up on their customers unhappiness and fix the problem. Release Android 2.3 for the Galaxy S, sand say “Look we know we’ve had our problems in the past, we messed up and we admit it, but here’s the latest update for the Galaxy S and please believe that we’ve changed our ways and we will be providing support and updates for any Samsung product you choose to go with” , that one statement of gesture of good faith would go a very long way in their sales of their next new product.

    • http://Website hinds

      Do you realize that the galaxy phones outside the states are upgraded to froyo?! You should be whining to your carrier not Samsung hate.

  • http://Website Jamal

    I hope it doesn’t use pentile for the display or is higher resolution, yea the colors are really nice but fiuck I hate how it looks all blurry on my galaxy s would rather have a LCD screen cause it’s alot clearer

  • http://Website Chad

    Knowing Samsung, it’ll release with Android 2.1 and never get upgraded because a new phone, bearing more than a slight resemblance to an iPhone, will replace it in 4 months.

    No thanks.