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Samsung Galaxy S Plus To Face Cheap iPhone 5

Samsung has launched the Galaxy S Plus which we first came across back in March courtesy of Samsung's Russian website, under the model number i9001.

The handset, which slots between the Galaxy S and the Galaxy S2, comes with a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen covered with Gorilla Glass, 512MB RAM, 10GB storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB, DLNA compatibility, a VGA webcam, a five megapixel rear camera with flash.

Although it looks physically like the Galaxy S, there are a few notable improvements; by default it comes with Google Android OS 2.3.3 Gingerbread, a battery life that's nearly a quarter better than the Galaxy S and a metallic finish that adds a touch of refinement over its smaller sibling.

Samsung says that the 1650mAh battery will allow up to 770 minutes talk time on 2G and 390 minutes on 3G. It is already available on Vodafone on a £31 monthly contract with 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB data access and 2GB BT Openzone Wi-Fi access.

Oddly enough, Vodafone sells the inferior Galaxy S on the same contract (for the same price) and users can also swap the phone for the better Galaxy S2 for an additional £99.