Will Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S II do well despite the bad history?
In terms of Android, 2010 was arguably the year of Samsung as they entered the high-end arena and made a huge impact with their Galaxy S devices, both internationally and here in the US. Shipping over 10 million Galaxy S devices in 2010, Samsung was able to show that a new competitor had arrived and was ready to take on the big dogs like Motorola and HTC.
When the US variants of the Galaxy S debuted here in the states, they shipped with Android 2.1 (Eclair), which was outdated as Android 2.2 (Froyo) was already available. Samsung promised that Froyo would be pushed out in a few months after the initial release; however, this was not the case as months and months went by before the T-Mobile Vibrant finally got a taste of Froyo in January 2011, making it the first variant to receive the update. After this debacle, many owners threatened to never buy another Samsung smartphone ever again…but with the upcoming release of the Galaxy S II, the overall mood in the tech blogosphere seems to be quite different. So how will the Galaxy S II do despite the bad history? Read on to find out what we think and why.
Despite the lack of Android 2.2, the US Galaxy S’s (T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G, and Verizon Fascinate) were able to perform impressively thanks to Samsung’s speedy Hummingbird processor (1 GHz). In addition, the company’s Super AMOLED display was absolutely gorgeous and well received by consumers and tech enthusiasts alike. Both the Galaxy S’s processor and display were key ingredients to the phone’s popularity, and its successor will be no different.
The Galaxy S II will continue sporting the beautiful screen technology, but with some improvements. The new Super AMOLED display, dubbed Super AMOLED Plus, brings back the vibrant colors as well as a higher sub-pixel density, which will ultimately result in sharper images. Many complained about how AMOLED displays have over-saturated colors that don’t look real, but we feel that they are absolutely wonderful and that “over-saturated” colors are vibrant and a pleasure to look at.
Besides the newer display technology, Samsung will also be including their new dual-core processor known as Exynos in the Galaxy S II. The final clock speed of the Exynos processor is believed to be 1.2 GHz/core, but we’re not 100% sure. There have also been rumors that certain devices in particular locales will actually be equipped with Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor instead of Samsung’s new chip. All the details will be finalized soon as we approach the device’s European release.
After Samsung failed to deliver Froyo in a timely manner to Galaxy S owners last year, many were threatening to boycott the Korean manufacturer. Comments often included bad-mouthing of Samsung and the Galaxy S devices in general. Despite all this, it seems rather strange because if you read the comments of current Galaxy S II articles on various tech blogs, the mood is actually quite positive. Why do you think the attitude towards Samsung seems to have shifted from bad to good? The answer is easy…the trolls who were threatening to boycott Samsung secretly know that despite the lack of Froyo out of the box, the original Galaxy S was an extremely powerful device and that Samsung actually did an outstanding job building it. Like I mentioned above, the Hummingbird processor and Super AMOLED display were industry leading technologies at the time, proving that Samsung had the chops to deliver great smartphones. Coming off of such success, we all expect the Galaxy S II to be an amazing device as well with many additional features. So all in all, we think that last year’s software debacle with Android 2.2 will not stop people from buying the upcoming sequel. It’s an awesome device that will surely impress the masses and when the dust settles, people will buy it because it’s a great device, not because its predecessor didn’t get updated in a timely manner.