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In order to further convolute the Galaxy series more than it already is, Samsung just brought the Galaxy S II name back from the dead by announcing the Galaxy S II Plus. The phone – which is already basically irrelevant – is a rehash of Sammy's 2011 flagship, albeit with a slight bump in spec and a new version of Android. Woo.

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  • 4.3" 800x480 display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • Android 4.1.2 with Touchwiz

There's no word on when (or where) this nature-inspired resurrection will be available, nor is any pricing information available. Let's be honest, though – you probably don't really care anyway.

[Samsung]

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  • Jason

    ...

  • Cheeseball

    If the price is fair and it's not running an Exynos 4, might be worth it. I wouldn't change from the original GT-I9100 though.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    hey, more power to them. at least it's running jelly bean. i don't really get the sense that they're trying to pull a fast one on people (as compared to the SIII mini, etc), and if this is what they need to bankroll the S 4, Note 3, and Note 2 10.1, fine.

  • AP

    The only worthy upgrade is the ability to support 64Gb microSD modules. The internal storage goes down from 16 to 8Gb, which qualifies as a regression, not an evolution... and about Android... please, CyanogenMod and other Android distributions are there for that.

    • Stipe Hodak

      I have a 64GB MicroSD in my two year old GT-i91000 already, so that really isn't an upgrade at all...

    • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

      I don't really care about internal storage. I always swap the Internal SD with my Class 10 SD Card.

  • NicholasMicallef

    it's 1.2GHz not 1.3... just like the i9100

    • http://www.facebook.com/PradeepVizz Pradeep Viswanathan R

      Yeah 1.2 only.. AP please correct it! Guess the big part is that they have a NFC on it!

      • Cheeseball

        There was a GT-I9100P that was basically the same international Galaxy S II, but with an NFC module.

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    Already using a GS2 with Jelly Bean... Not on a ROM either...

    • NicholasMicallef

      same here, except mine has 16GB not 8 :D

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        Same... Mine is the Epic, so I even have a bigger screen at 4.5... :-) I have no idea why they released a rehash...

        • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

          At least, with availability of source code (of an official JB release) ROM Cookers will have a better chance of releasing a CM10 (and CM10.1) for this phone.

  • John Cintron

    If it's OMAP4 or S4 instead of Exynos4, it'll have better CM support than the current SGS2 phones.

  • matb321

    A mid ranger that would be a great $250 prepaid phone.

  • http://androidaction.tumblr.com/ Matthew S

    this is EXACTLY the same as the original S2, exept for JB.

    • ProductFRED

      Nope. It's worse. They added NFC (which the i9100P already had), but removed half the internal storage.

  • http://pctonic.net/ Ashutosh Mishra

    Galaxy S2 was the most powerful phone of 2011, and with a killer price this could be a good deal for unsubsidized developing markets. I don't think that's gonna happen though.

  • ProductFRED

    So wait. 16GB now becomes 8GB, and since this is Jelly Bean and most games and apps install to internal storage, that means a memory card won't save you. Everything else about this phone remains the same. Why would I buy this over an S2 i9100? The i9100 is like $300 on eBay...

  • fuzzymeep two

    The t-mobile version already has NFC and a 1.5 ghz dual core.... i don't see the "upgrade"

    • http://www.facebook.com/jpalaszewski Jason Palaszewski

      That's a Cortex-A8-based Snapdragon S3, not an Exynos. The 1.2 GHz Exynos chips are Cortex-A9-based and are a lot faster per clock.

    • fixxmyhead

      your probably a noob but the tmobile one is a snapdragon s3 NOT an exynos which is a little less superior than the exynos. u learned something today

  • AsinX

    This most likely has an under clocked S4 and the camera is the one from the GS3. The sd card space is nice and you'll probably put cm10 on it anyway. The only thing holding this back is the low res screen which was really never as bad as people make it seem and just 1gb of ram.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TLev87 Terrance Abstract’thoughts Lev

    No Lte capability mentioned? Y didn't they just make the Infuse 2 LTE?

  • Mikael Guggenheim

    So half the size in storage compare to the original?

  • smeddy

    I don't see a problem (loved my S2 before the Note) if this is priced sensibly

  • blurry

    well, at least this is better than S3 Mini right ? no ? oh well..

  • Barton82

    "albeit with a slight bump in spec" - Where is this spec bump? It's a decrease. It should be called Galaxy S II Minus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stormcityusa Storm Millenium

    The worst phone ever!

  • Sootie

    I've just realized how boringly mid range my phone is now :(

  • Freak4Dell

    Doesn't Apple have a patent on rereleasing last year's model?

  • http://profiles.google.com/talhamid Talha Hamid

    You underestimate the S2. I know many people who are still in love with its design, and it is iconic for being one of the first truly trouble-free Androids - by that I mean it was sufficiently fast, stable, and had enough features to appease any user. Even now in my part of the world (Pakistan) it commands 75% of the price of S3. Samsung are doing well to keep this alive (in a parallel to iPhone 4S/5 positioning), although quite why it was needed is beyond me since OG S2 has already received JB update and S2 Plus hardware seems almost identical to the OG S2.

  • brutalpanther

    I see no reason to do this.just send jelly bean upgrade to the original s2.they must have found a way to use all those battery covers that wouldnt work on the original s2.The only way i would even consider this is on a no contract plan.Dont they know that they have a s3 and soon a s4.Dont let the success of the s2 and s3 make you think (If we build it they will buy it)

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    I *do* care. The S III is beyond my budget, while I'm dying for something better than my venerable Galaxy W (GT-I8150). 1GB RAM is okay for me, and the existence of a Micro SD slot is the clincher.