Is this the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Running Android Ice Cream Sandwich?
We reported earlier today that Samsung could be planning to launch a new Galaxy smartphone running Ice Cream Sandwich at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, and now we have further proof to back it up.
The infamous reviewer and mobile phone world insider Eldar Murtazin has posted the above picture via his Twitter account alongside the simple caption: “Barcelona. Samsung. Press photo leaked”. Murtazin has a history of being spot on with his insider information, and we’ve cast our expert eyes over the picture to spot any flaws – and we can’t. This image doesn’t look like an early render or a dodgy mockup, it looks like the real deal: press release shots that will accompany the phone.
So what phone is it? Well, we’re going to stick with the analogy of a Galaxy S II Plus. The phone bears a striking resemblance to the original SII if you look at the size, shape and dimensions, though the area below the screen has been changed to suit Ice Cream Sandwich. The central menu button and two capacitive touch buttons are gone, replaced by the three capacitive touch buttons we now associate with Android 4.0.
Murtazin provided no details of the specifications, though if this is going to be a ‘Plus’ edition, we’d imagine that the software won’t be the only thing that’s upgraded. Our money is on a faster processor, most likely a Dual-Core 1.5GHz Exynos chip made by Samsung themselves.
From the image’s caption, we’re now 99.9% certain that Samsung will unveil this handset at MWC in Barcelona at the end of this month. As for the Galaxy S III, we’re going to have to wait a month or two more for a separate event, so says Samsung.