Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Ever since its unveiling at MWC, the Samsung Galaxy S II has generated plenty of hype. But with no release date in sight, there's no telling how long it will be before we can get our hands on the device. Fortunately, Ukrainian site gagadget managed to get a preliminary version of the phone, and while it isn't clear how much is finalized, it does give us a good idea of what to expect from Samsung's next flagship handset.

The review starts off by listing the all-important specs, though most have been already been made official:

  • Dual-core 1GHz Exynos processor
  • 4.3" 800x480 Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • TouchWiz 4.0
  • 1GB RAM
  • 116 grams
  • 8 megapixel camera with LED Flash and 1080p video capture
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 1650mAH battery

The device's build quality is a huge improvement over the original. The battery cover is constructed of a mesh material that reduces fingerprinting, and the entire device is incredibly thin - just 8.49mm, making it the world's slimmest smartphone (according to Samsung, at least). Unfortunately, the GS II is missing a camera button, just like the original.

sgs2 thin

On the software side, the device is running on the latest version of Samsung's custom UI, TouchWiz 4.0. It includes a few new features such as gesture controls (Android Community's demo of them can be found below) as well as a suite of widgets. Nothing that will change the way you use your homescreen, but they're welcome additions nonetheless. Also included, unfortunately, is the same bloatware we saw on TW 3.0, including Quickoffice, Twidroyd, and Vlingo. Not that these are bad apps, but they will likely be non-removable, and there's no doubt that carriers will pile even more crap on to the device by the time it hits stores.

touchwiz touchwiz 2

Arguably the biggest improvement Samsung has made, however, comes in the camera and video capabilities. The camera has been bumped up from 5 megapixels to 8, and now includes an LED flash (which was not functional on gagadget's device). Video recording has also jumped from 720p to 1080p. They've included plenty of examples from the camera, each of which is extremely high quality (as well as extremely depressing). There are also a few examples of videos shot in 1080p, but you'll have to go to YouTube to view them in the highest quality.

camera example sgs camera example

Clearly, Samsung has made huge improvements over their original Galaxy S device. We still don't have a concrete release date, so there's no telling what may change by the time this device is officially released. But judging by what we do know about the phone, it's looking to be a runaway success.

Source: Gagadget (translated; original here)

  • http://nihondroid.blogspot.com Chokkan

    I wonder if this device will suffer from the random reboot issue. It happened to The Nexus S, and it is also happening to the Xperia arc. The arc released in Japan is running 2.3.2.

    • http://androidexpress.wordpress.com/ Nate Kimmey

      I believe that was fixed in the 2.3.3 update, and at this point the SGS2 is running 2.3.1. I assume that they'll update it to 2.3.3 before it's actually launched.

  • ari-free

    Thin and still possible to replace the battery. Now that is what I call good design!

    • sansenoy

      Or, you could call it square cheapo plastic syndrome... It's thin cos of the razorsharp profile of the OLED panel, not their design genius.

      • ari-free

        guess who designed s-amoled+?

      • chris

        It was part of their design to use a Super OLED screen. It's also a screen design they own. I don't really see what your getting at?
        Oh no...plastic!!! That hasn't been an acceptable material for mobiles for ages! /sarcasm
        Don't get me wrong, I like the feel and heft of a brushed aluminium shell, but as long as the plastic used is of a high quality and the design leads for a solid handset I don't see it as being a problem.

  • ari-free

    I hope they made sure the compass/gps works perfectly. It seems they fixed the other warts from the SGS (no flash, fuzzy pentile, etc)

  • Colin

    What do you mean "Unfortunately, the camera button, which was one of the original Galaxy S’ highlights, is notably absent." (Mine doesn't have a Camera button)

  • Ryan

    will it run the laggy RFS file system? (i don't want to keep using VOODOO lagfixes lol)

    • ari-free

      sgs2 comes with gingerbread and gingerbread uses ext4 as the default file system.

  • Funkmon

    I love this website.

  • AdamBv1

    I wonder if Sprint will also manage to get a version of this with a keyboard like they did with the Epic, if they do I will be all over it.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I welcome the thought of this on sprint to go along with the newly released Htc Evo3d and Nexus S 4g to the existing Evo 4g, Evo shift 4g, and Samsung Epic 4g what a great lineup.

  • Tahir

    When its going to launch in India???

  • http://www.homeofandroid.com Mara

    I will choose X10 Arc if only Ericsson add internal memory like Galaxy S2. Why most smartphone only have small internal memory.

  • Álmos

    I'll probably wait for the SGS3, the original SGS is too good to throw away ;)

  • Emil

    This review is unreasonably negative ... the features packed in this device are more than amazing .. I don't see any other device on the market to be even close to this one .. check this review out: http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9100_galaxy_s_ii-review-588.php