Samsung Galaxy S i9001 Plus preview: First look

GSMArena team, 09 June 2011.
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Introduction

Its a Galaxy S facelift with just enough of a speed boost to make it 2011 ready. It has a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor and the latest version of Android: 2.3.3 Gingerbread. The Samsung I9001 Galaxy S Plus is heading to Russia under the name of Galaxy S 2011 Edition but will probably reach other markets too.


Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Plus official shots

It makes sense to play this card once again, with probably enough people willing to go for a flagship without busting the piggy bank. And the Galaxy S Plus is a flagship through and through, make no mistake. Its just not this years flagship.

This one met a couple of dual core predators and lived to tell the story. It mayve been a near death experience alright but the Samsung I9001 Galaxy S Plus has nothing to be ashamed of.

Samsung I9001 Galaxy S Plus at a glance:

  • General: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 900/1900/2100 MHz, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • Form factor: Touchscreen bar phone
  • Dimensions: 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm, 119 g
  • Display: 4.0" 16M-color WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) SuperAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Gorilla Glass
  • CPU: 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon
  • GPU: Adreno 205 GPU
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • OS: Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Memory: 8 GB storage, microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
  • Camera: 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with face and smile detection, touch focus; HD (720p) video recording at 30fps, front-facing VGA camera, video calls
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, standard microUSB port,
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, TV out
  • Misc: TouchWiz 3.0 UI, DivX/XviD codec support, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor, Swype text input

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Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Plus live shots

An overclocked single-core chipset doesnt hold a candle to dual core CPUs but the Galaxy S Plus will be held to a different standard. It was out of its depth in our latest shootout but as far as were concerned it did well where it matters.

By the way, we should note that we have on our hands a pre-release unit clocked at 1.2 GHz the market-ready units will have 1.4 GHz clock rates enabled. Even at the lower speed though, the new Galaxy S Plus outperformed the year-old original in most tasks we tested. The speed boost is there now, lets see how much of an upgrade we can expect elsewhere.

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