Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone (preview)

Samsung Galaxy S II preview: Samsung's latest Galaxy S smartphone gets a whopping 4.3in screen and a super-slim design

Samsung has lifted the lid on its hotly anticipated next-generation Galaxy S Android phone, aptly titled the Galaxy S II.

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The Samsung Galaxy S II Android smartphone features a 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 800x480, an 8-megapixel rear camera that doubles as a 1080p HD video recorder, a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls, and has an integrated Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. NFC is a short-range wireless communication technology; the same used in many new credit cards, whereby the card can be simply swiped across a smartchip to make a purchase. The Galaxy S II is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, along with a microSD card slot for extra storage.

Perhaps the best feature of the Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone is its design; this smartphone is just 8.49mm thick, making it thinner than the iPhone 4 and likely the thinnest smartphone in the world. Although it features an all-plastic design like its predecessor, the Galaxy S II has an attractive carbon-like finish on its rear battery cover. In our brief hands-on with the device it felt both well built and extremely lightweight, and the Super AMOLED Plus display is simply gorgeous.

The Samsung Galaxy S II doesn't have a HDMI-out port but comes with something better: a new connection technology called Mobile High-definition Link (MHL). The on-board MHL technology uses the Galaxy S II's standard microUSB port for outputting 1080p HD video and audio via HDMI. You'll need an optional microUSB to HDMI MHL connector to enable this feature, but the beauty of MHL means it can also be used with a USB adapter, meaning the Galaxy S II can utilise USB on-the-go functionality like the Nokia N8.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone runs the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform, and features Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 UI overlay. Samsung exclusive features include social hub, readers hub, game hub and music hub, while enhanced corporate and security functions include the implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, on-device encryption and Cisco's AnyConnect VPN client.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone will launch in Australia in May or June, and should be available through all Australian mobile networks; Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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Mach

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best phone ever.100 times better than HTC s and i phone 5 and Sony Xperia

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