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Price Of Galaxy SII Drops As Samsung Preps Another iPhone 5 Rival

The price of the Samsung Galaxy SII smartphone has dropped by £70 on the day that rumours of a new flagship competitor from the Korean manufacturer emerged this morning.

The Galaxy SII (opens in new tab) is currently on sale at Amazon for £429.49 including free delivery and it comes as no surprise that the phone is already the best selling handset and the most wished for from the retailer.

Such a sudden and significant cut only fuels rumours that Samsung will launch another top of the range Android-based handset to counter the forthcoming Apple iPhone 5 which is set to be launched in September.

The Galaxy S2 is still one of the most desirable handsets on the market; it is both slimmer and lighter than any smartphone available and manages to cram in some very attractive features.

Top of the list is a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive Super AMOLED screen, complemented by a Samsung Exynos 4210 dual core system on chip clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, an eight-megapixel camera with an LED flash, full HD recording and playback, a two-megapixel front facing webcam plus Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 with a layer of Touchwiz UI on top (v4.0).

There are cheaper dual core Android-based smartphones like the LG Optimus 2X or the Optimus 3D but none of them offer the same raw amount of firepower as the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.