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Samsung Galaxy S 2 announced at MWC. It’s sweet.

February 13, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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Samsung introduced the Galaxy S II, the update of its popular Android phone that led the charge of more than 25 million devices sold in 2010. The Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4,3-inch SuperAMOLED Plus screen, which promises to deliver better picture quality, 120x ratio, 18% sharpness, and repines time that greatly outpaces LCD models.

The Galaxy S2 has a dual-core app processor, quad-core GPU, HSPA+ for speeds up to 21 Mbps, and a 1650 mAh battery to power it all. The Galaxy S 2 packs this next-gen experience into the slimmest Android smartphone yet (8.49 mm thin and 116g in weight)).

Everyone’s favorite new feature that hardly anyone in the U.S. has yet – near-fied communications – is also present on the GS2. Payment, advertising, transportation, and ticketing services will all be enabled for compatible NFC readers and transmitters.

Here’s what else you’ll find in the GS2.

  • David Wadhwani, senior VP at Adobe, joined on-stage to show how Adobe Flash 10.1 will be as good on the mobile as it is on the desktop (performance-wise, not features).
  • Samsung will also introduce hubs for reading, games, music, and social. These will be the plaes that users acquire content and manage stored media and social network connections.
  • The Galaxy S2 shoots full HD 1080p video recording. It can also replay those recordings in 1080p, has an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone has a custom camera app that can provide more control over photo results, and beam the content to Wi-Fi enabled devices that work with Samsung AllShare DLNA.
  • Kies 2.0 will enable wireless sync of music, podcasts, photos, and more. There’s also Kies Air, which can wireless sync through the web rather than installing the desktop software.
  • Lost Phone Management will help cope with a misplaced or stolen phone. It will lock the phone, remotely send text to the display, see that a phone is ringing on the web, track the phone, and limit outgoing calls.
  • Samsung partnered with Vlingo to develop Voice Commander, which can double-tap home key to speak memos, text messages, or email. There’s the “Hey Vlingo” mode, which has been renamed “Hey Galaxy,” that will allow complete hands-free communication and commands.
  • The GameHub is a curated space for high-quality games. Several tittles from Gameloft were shown in the presentation, and other 3D games that take advantage of the powerful GPU/CPU combo will surely appear.
  • Microsoft Exchange Active Sync is supported, syncing real-time information between the device and your business. There’s an ability to manage phone settings remotely, encrypt files stored on the device, and VPN service or Webex meetings delivered by Cisco.