updated 02:40 pm EST, Sat February 12, 2011
Samsung Galaxy S 2 confirmed early
Samsung's flagship phone and potential iPhone 5 rival, the Galaxy S 2, had its specs inadvertently confirmed today through a posting [only image remains] on Korea's news outlet Daum along with brief information about the Galaxy Tab 2 in a separate leak. The device confirms rumors and will be one of the fastest phones on the market, running a new dual-core 1GHz Exynos processor and supporting full-speed HSPA+ 3G. It centers around a larger 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen lifted from the Infuse 4G on AT&T and should be noticeably thinner than the original Galaxy S, outdoing the iPhone 4 with an 0.33-inch thick frame.
The S 2 should be Samsung's first phone running Android 2.3, Samsung Hub also learned, but will still use its customize TouchWiz interface. A front camera appears to be in view to support both the new OS and the faster 3G.
Galaxy Tab 2 specifications are fewer but, as spoiled would give it the rumored, expanded 10-inch screen and make it a clone of the Motorola Xoom in most respects. It would share the same 1280x800 resolution and a 1GHz processor (likely dual-core), and unlike most Samsung Android hardware, would have to keep to the official Android 3.0 interface instead of getting customizations. Engadget in gleaning details mostly confirmed early rumors but also mentioned that the Tab 2 would have an eight-megapixel back camera that could record 1080p video.
The design will still have 16GB of built-in storage and a microSDHC card slot for more, but it should be lighter than Apple's iPad by about 0.44 pounds. Both the Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 should be at Samsung's press event for Mobile World Congress on Sunday, which Electronista plans to attend.
A second Galaxy S phone in less than a year is a significant ramp up from Samsung and suggests the company is determined to remain competitive rather than follow a strict yearly schedule. Its market share of smartphones has nearly tripled in the past year owing to the widespread popularity of the Galaxy S as well as many sub-variants and less expensive Android models. Apple still outranks Samsung among individual phone makes but no longer has as wide a lead through Samsung's effort.