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Hands On: Samsung Galaxy S Plus i9001

We briefly handled the Samsung Galaxy S Plus, otherwise known as the i9001, which was on display at Qualcomm IQ.

The Galaxy S Plus looks and feels like the original Samsung Galaxy S and it comes as no surprise that it is set to replace the latter.

The handset comes with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon single core SoC, the MSM8255T, the same SoC that powers the HTC Flyer and the Sony Ericsson Arc S.

The rest of the configuration is pretty standard; 512MB RAM, 2GB onboard storage, an 8GB microSD card, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 3.0 UI, a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a five megapixel rear camera with a VGA front facing one, a 1650mAh battery plus a micro USB port.

The smartphone comes with a two year warranty, is only 10mm thick and weighs 119g. We're slightly dubious as to whether it will be successful given that it costs a whopping £324 unlocked.

That's around £90 cheaper than the superior Galaxy S2 but significantly more expensive than the dual core LG Optimus 2X, which doesn't bode well for the handset.

Samsung will almost certainly need to drop the price fairly quickly in order for it to be successful. We're also at a loss to explain why Samsung chose Qualcomm rather than using its own Exynos SoC.

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Désiré Athow
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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.