CES 2013: Samsung unveils Galaxy S2 Plus

Samsung launched the Galaxy S2 Plus at CES which is an update to its S2, a smartphone that was launched almost two years ago. Tweaks have been made both to the hardware but most importantly to the software.

The phone now runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and sticks to the same memory configuration (1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, microSD card), display (4.3in WVGA Super AMOLED plus) and camera (8-megapixel with a zero shutter lag).

The SoC is upgraded to 1.2GHz (possibly an Exynos 42xx series) but the most important changes are on the software side where the S2 Plus now boosts a “nature-inspired user-interface” borrowed from the Galaxy S3.

Other improvements lifted from the S3 include Direct Call, Smart Stay, S Voice, Popup Video, Voice Unlock and Smart Alert. The S2 Plus also sports optional NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and an array of Samsung services like the hubs, KIES, ChatOn and AllShare.

Samsung has yet to say when it will be available in the UK and at what price. However it can expect some pretty tough competition from other vendors with sub-£300 handsets. The S2 still costs a whopping £297 at Amazon and the S3, around £370.

But then, you can get the vastly superior LG Nexus 4 for as little as £239 and a number of clearance handsets with features similar to the S2 Plus for well under £200.