Samsung announced today what we were speculating just a few days back, the Galaxy SII Plus. The smartphone does offer a striking likeness to the older Galaxy SII but has minor changes as well. Although the changes to the physical hardware of the device are minuscule and hard to notice, the software end of the Galaxy SII Plus is another story. The Galaxy SII Plus will be running Android version 4.1.2 Jelly Bean along with Samsung’s recent TouchWiz Nature UX. And that’s about it, there are other changes to the specs as well but you won’t be able to find a Quad Core processor in the Galaxy SII Plus. The smartphone boasts a 4.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED plus display, a 1.2 GHz Dual core processed, 8 MP rear facing and 2 MP front facing cameras along with 1 GB of RAM. The Galaxy SII Plus only has 8 GB of on board storage but there is a microSD card slot for up to 64GB expanded memory. There are supposedly two versions of the phone one with and one without NFC technology. No word on the release dates of availability though. Check out the official press release below: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today Samsung GALAXY S II Plus, which combines the performance that have made the GALAXY S II one of the world’s most recognized phones, together with nature-inspired user-interface and intuitive features that greatly boost its usability and functionality. • The GALAXY S II Plus runs on Android™ 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) enabling faster and smoother screen transitions, and providing an enhanced user interface featuring a new, easier-to-use notification panel. It is powered by an impressive 1.2 GHz dual core processor that enables easy multi-tasking, smooth screen transitions and superior graphics for some of the most demanding applications and games. • The GALAXY S II Plus’ nature-inspired user-interface is complemented with intuitive features that make the phone really easy to use. Direct Call enables users to automatically dial a call by taking the device to the ear. Smart Stay recognizes whether the user is looking at the screen to dim the screen accordingly; while Smart Alert lets users know about missed events or status updates just by picking up the phone. • The GALAXY S II Plus also sports a range of additional features that boost performance and the overall experience in entirely new ways. Popup Video allows a video to play anywhere on the screen in a resizable pop-up window while simultaneously running other tasks, eliminating the need to close and restart videos when checking new emails or surfing the Web. S Voice lets users control the phone using their voice; and Voice Unlock lets users unlock the phone using their own voice. • A 4.3” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display offers a generous viewing experience and enables photos captured with the powerful 8MP camera to be enjoyed in true clarity. • The rear camera features a zero-lag shutter speed that captures moving objects easily without delay. The innovative ‘Buddy photo share’ function also allows images to be easily and simultaneously shared with friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery. Additional features include Group Facetag and Face Zoom to deliver a complete photographic experience. The device is packed with the latest Samsung content services including AllShare Play, which lets users share content across Samsung devices using a single account and password. Users can also enjoy all the benefits of Samsung Hubs, including the latest versions of Readers Hub, Video Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub. This news might be a bit disappointing for those who were looking to buy a smaller sized smartphone with additional grunt under the hood. Some people never liked the bigger sized flagship devices like the Galaxy SIII and the Galaxy Note2 and still prefer a smartphone which can be operated with one hand. I guess Galaxy SII will have to do for now.s

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