Galaxy S II gets May 1st release, plus processor boost

Jonathan Morris
April 11, 2011

Samsung isn’t happy to merely release impressive new smartphones and tablets, it has to launch with plenty of ‘world’s firsts’ to grab the headlines. First it gave its 10-inch tablet an overhaul to slim it down to beat the iPad 2, and now it has boosted the speed of the Galaxy S II.

The improved Galaxy S II will ship in the UK on May 1st.

With an increase from 1GHz to 1.2GHz, the dual-core Galaxy S II is now one of the fastest smartphones on the market, as well as the slimmest (8.5mm) and lightest (116g).

It has a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen and 1080P HD recording and playback, as well as the very latest TouchWiz user interface (V4).

The phone will therefore be a strong competitor to the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, with its larger capacity battery (1,650 mAh) and faster, dual-core, processor – but not the Sony Exmor R camera sensor that offers better low-light performance.

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