Unwired::view translated a Ukrainian website which posted an unconfirmed rumor about Samsung's successor to the Galaxy S superphone, the Galaxy S2, also known as the i9200. The post comes complete with a release timeframe, outrageous specs, and a rendered picture to top it all off.
Here are the Samsung Galaxy S2 specs from the Unwired::view article:
- Android 3.0
- 4.3" 1280 x 720 SuperAMOLED display
- 2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM/4GB ROM
- 32GB onboard memory and a 32GB microSD card slot
- 8MP camera with full HD video recording
- 3.5mm audio port
- AGPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light sensor.
Those specs look like they came straight out of the dreams of someone yearning for a mind-blowingly powerful Android handset. I'm left more than a tad skeptical at the validity of this rumor because it sounds so difficult to deliver. I am going to make a prediction and say that the earliest we will see this handset (if it indeed exists and makes it to production) will be Q2 2011, slightly later than the Q1 2011 date supposedly mentioned. Those top three bullet points, to my knowledge, are not even features in any Android handset to date.
An interesting note is that the display mentioned has the pixels to play 720p videos at full size, but no mention has been made of that ability from what I have read.
Next summer will likely bring another rehash of the iPhone, and if Samsung aims to undeniably take the smartphone hardware crown they have to get moving. In my opinion, they'll have to launch before June to make any waves.
AndroidandMe writes about what the rumor means to the future of Android:
Who knows how reliable the source is, but this rumor provides another clue of what the next generation of superphones might look like. Motorola is reportedly working on a 2 GHz smartphone for late 2010 and HTC could launch the first dual-CPU phone later this year. If Samsung is serious about doubling its smartphone market share, then you can bet they have a competing device already in the works.
I try to stay away from unfounded rumors, but this one was so interesting to me that I just had to include it.
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