The Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung’s long-awaited flagship phone for 2011, is the 1st Samsung phone to be motorized by a dual-core processor. Galaxy S2 has continued its way since February when it was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Galaxy S2, a best-selling phone of Samsung ever, will soon come to the United States after selling a record of 5 million units in just 85 days in Asia and Europe. But now other Android smartphone makers are giving a considerable competition to Samsung Galaxy S2 and trying their best to spoil this success. Google Nexus Prime, Motorola Photon 4G, Motorola Droid Bionic, HTC Vigor, and HTC Holiday are the top 5 Galaxy S2 competitors nowadays.
The features of Galaxy S2 include Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread), 8 MP still camera, 1080p Full HD video recording, a secondary front-facing camera for making video calls and an incredible 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, would carry Galaxy S2 version called Samsung Epic 4G Touch in the U.S. Galaxy S2 is probably coming to Sprint’s network on 16th September and AT&T would launch it from 18th September.
Original Epic Touch 4G version of Sprint has 129.5 x 68.6 x 9.6 mm dimension and 129 g weight and T-Mobile version (Hercules) has 131 x 70 x 9 mm dimension. While AT&T version of Samsung Epic 4G Touch is expected to arrive on Sprint with 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm dimensions, 116 g weight and 4.3-inch display. Epic Touch 4G version of Sprint and T-Mobile has 4.52-inch display screen while AT&T version retains 4.3-inch display screen of original Galaxy S2 version.
Galaxy S2 is powered by a dual-core processor of 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Mali-400MP GPU Orion chipset. The phone comes with internal memory configuration of 16/32GB with 1GB RAM. But there is a question, does Samsung Galaxy S2 has enough capacity to face the top five new ‘super’ smartphones that run on Android of Google Inc.?
Rivals of Samsung Galaxy S2 Phone
Google Nexus Prime
According to Electronic Times, the Korean-language Web site, the Google Nexus Prime will likely to be launched in October. Probably, it will be the 1st smartphone to run on 4.0 Android “Ice Cream Sandwich” which will combine the best features of Android smartphone OS (Gingerbread) and Android tablet OS (Honeycomb).
Google Nexus Prime is powered by a dual-core processor of Snapdragon which will comprise Krait chips from Qualcomm. The processor will be either of 1.2GHz or of 1.5GHz. This smartphone has 100 times faster speed than a normal ARM-based CPU because of the Krait-based Snapdragon processor which have ability to run at a 2.5 GHz lightning speed per core at the least.
The Nexus phone will be featured with a 720p HD “monster-sized” display, 1GB of RAM, a 4G LTE radio, a 1 MP front-facing camera & a 5 MP rear camera, and 1080p HD video capture and playback. It has been named an “absolute beast” amid all smartphones. BGR, a Tech Web site, offered an exclusive sneak peek in the features of next Nexus model which will be called Nexus 4G.
According to Britain’s Telegraph report, the Nexus Prime is being built by Samsung and may sport a 1.5GHz dual-core processor against the 1GHz single core processor in the Nexus S. Nexus S display is of 4-inch with lower resolution, which will be upgraded to a 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD screen. According to industry rumors, the Nexus Prime will be disclosed in October.
Motorola Photon 4G
The Motorola Photon 4G is 7th Sprint ID-capable handset of Sprint. Number of applications, widgets, shortcuts, ringtones and wallpapers are delivered by Sprint ID.
The Motorola Photon 4G is featured with 4.3-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, multi-touch input method, proximity sensor for auto turn-off, 1GB RAM, 2GB ROM, 16GB storage touch-sensitive controls, 8 MP camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, secondary VGA camera for video chat, Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread), dual-core processor of 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H and HDMI port. Price of Motorola Photon 4G is $199 on Sprint with a contract of 2 year, but it is offered at $99.99 for new Sprint customers via Amazon Wireless.
It is a world phone, the consumers access their contacts, email and calendar from anywhere because of international GSM roaming ability. Webtop application is also included which was featured in Motorola Atrix 4G.
According to Engadget, “Motorola Photon 4G comes very close for deposing Samsung’s mighty Galaxy S2 as the king of Android hill”. Engadget gave 8/10 to this device. According to CNET UK, ” Motorola Photon 4G is a Sprint iteration of the Atrix 4G owing to similar specs”. CNET UK also gave 8/10 to this device. Thus Photon 4G gets the positive reviews.
Motorola Droid Bionic
The launch of the Motorola Droid Bionic phone is finally depicted after several delays. According to Verizon Wireless, this new beast of the Motorola Android phone will be divulged on Sept. 8. This smartphone with 4G powered LTE support surely make the waves on its release. The Motorola Droid Bionic is dual core smartphone without 4G support which seems like Droid X2 and is powered by Android 2.3.
Motorola Droid Bionic will be motorized by a Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor 1.2 GHz optimizing 1GB RAM.
The Motorola Droid Bionic may be featured with 4.3-inch or 4.5-inch qHD display, screen resolution of 960×540 pixels, 8MP camera, Wi-Fi hotspot, Li-ion 1930 mAh battery with huge battery power, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth version 2.1 with EDR and A2DP technology, microUSB version 2.0, multi-touch input method, touch-sensitive controls, proximity sensor for auto-turn-off, DLNA and accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate.
HTC Vigor is supposed to sport a dual-core processor of 1.5GHz due to 4G LTE network of hit Verizon. This smartphone from the HTC camp is flaunted to be a substitute for the HTC Thunderbolt. HTC Vigor will run on Android Gingerbread juice.
The HTC Vigor may be featured with a 4.3-inch display, screen resolution of 1280×720, 8 MP camera, 16 GB internal storage and 1GB RAM. It also includes Beats Electronics Technology for the high-performance of headphones.
The Holiday is supposed to boast a new wave across the Android landscape with 4.5-inch display. Appearance of 4.3-inch display is found in current breed of Android phones. This arrival piece from HTC can be a cause of worry for Samsung. In early or mid-September, the HTC Holiday is expected to come with a price of $199 to $249 at AT&T.
The HTC Holiday may be featured with 1.2 GHz dual-core processor of Qualcomm Snapdragon (1GB RAM), 4.5-inch qHD display, screen resolution of 960×540, 8MP dual-LED flash rear-facing camera, 1080p video playback, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 1.3MP camera for video chat, HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n DLNA support, HSDPA up to 21 Mbps, Bluetooth version 4.0 with EDR and A2DP and microUSB version 2.0.