Galaxy S II – World’s Thinnest Smartphone

  • New interactive social, music, gaming hubs
  • 4G connectivity
  • 3D hardware performance

Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy S II a thin (8.49mm) and lightweight, dual-core smartphone that uses the latest version of Android – 2.3 Gingerbread.

The next generation smartphone includes access to Samsung’s four new content and entertainment hubs, integrated to provide instant access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services.

It incorporates a dual-core application processor and advanced 4G (HSPA+ 21) connectivity, which delivers features such as fast web browsing, multi-tasking comparable to a PC-like environment, good graphics quality and a responsive 3D user interface on the large screen.

The new handset delivers seamless multitasking, switching between applications instantly, claims the manufacturer. Its 3D hardware performance is said to make games and video fast and smooth.

With super-fast HSPA+ connectivity, the GALAXY S II offers rapid mobile download speeds while BlueTooth 3.0+HS reduces data transfer times.

It has been equipped with an 8MP, high-profile camera and camcorder with 1080p full HD recording and playback. With Samsung’s patented AllShare technology, customers can capture, create and then share their experiences hassle-free.

Its crystal-clear Super AMOLED Plus screen introduces the best in colour gamut, contrast ratio and edge sharpness, says Samsung. Using RealStripe screen technology and an increased sub-pixel count, Super AMOLED Plus complements the mechanics of the human eye. A reduction in power consumption from Super AMOLED display means has energy efficiencies over previous iterations.

With Samsung Hubs, the Samsung Galaxy S II delivers catalogues of books and magazines, music, advanced mobile games and control of your online social life, all from a single device.

These hubs are:

Social Hub Premium: talk to whoever you want, however  you want, all from one place – your contact’s list. Communication history, IM status, and updates from social networking sites are all readily available. From here, users can access all types of messages (push e-mail, text, VM and SNS) and respond directly without resorting to individual applications.

Readers Hub: Carry an enormous library of books, magazines and newspapers on-the-go. Through strategic partnerships, Samsung Readers Hub provides over 2.2 million books and novels, 2,000 global and local newspapers in 49 languages and 2,300 magazines in 22 languages.

Game Hub: Featuring a 3-axis gyroscopic sensor. Try for free and download premium titles from partners like Gameloft, or 'enjoy Social Network Games (SNG) powered by mobage including ngmoco's We Rule and We City'.

 Music Hub: Make Samsung Galaxy S II a personal music manager and access over 12 million tracks from 7digital. Discover what's hot from top charts, search for favourite music, get recommendations on albums, enjoy previews and download them directly to Samsung Galaxy S II.

The unit gives customers more choice in personalising their smartphone experience. New for the Samsung GALAXY S II, Samsung has introduced Live Panel, a service that aggregates live web and application contents to a single customisable home-screen. Customers can design the lay-out of their own Live Panel, online services and mobile apps to appear on-screen. SNS feeds, information and many more applications can all be embedded and accessed instantly through the magazine-like layout.

With the enhanced voice technology on the Samsung Galaxy S II, customers will be able to do more with less. From opening the app to controlling the messaging, social media, email and calling, Samsung Voice Solution will recognise voice and convert it to text and vice versa. Customised Voice Translation application makes the Samsung Galaxy S II the perfect travel companion, translating voice or text into – and from – a range of languages: simply speak a word or phrase into the handset and it will instantly translate it, with audio and text output.

For swift and simple device management, Samsung has introduced Kies Air. With Kies air, consumers can manage their smartphone contents from their PC, via local WiFi connections. download photos taken on the built-in camera, listen to music, check missed calls and send messages in the web browser on their PC. For added connectivity, WiFi Direct allows consumers to connect to wireless-enabled PCs and printers without the need for wireless access points. According to market requirement, the GALAXY S II is able to incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to support emerging mobile payment service and other services with mobile operators.