Today, Samsung unveiled a new smartphone model, the Galaxy S II Plus. As the name suggests, it is an update to the popular Galaxy S II Android phone, though the updates it offers aren’t exactly mind-blowing.
Like the original S II, the Plus has a 4.3" 480×800 Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, an 8MP primary camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and 1GB of RAM. The only hardware differences appear to be a faster camera, a microSD slot compatible with microSDXC cards up to 64GB, NFC, and reduced internal storage of 8GB (down from 16GB).
Another noteworthy change is the OS; although the S II has been updated to Android 4.0 with further updates on the way, the S II Plus ships with Android 4.1.2 “Jelly Bean.”
No word yet on carriers, pricing or release dates.
View the Samsung Press Release
The Verizon and T-Mobile versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III Android phone have already received OS updates to Android 4.1 “Jellybean,” and now AT&T S III owners can update their phones as well.
AT&T will not make the S III Android 4.1 update available over-the-air; the update requires you to download and install a piece of software called Samsung Kies which performs the update via sync on PCs and Macs. You can download Samsung Kies here, or visit Samsung’s update page to learn more about the new features and the upgrade process.
This leaves just Verizon Wireless S III users waiting to be updated to Jellybean. No word yet on when that update is expected to drop.
The forth-generation Nexus smartphone from Google is, not surprisingly, the Nexus 4. This Android-powered phone is built by LG, and offers many high-end features in a relatively inexpensive package.
T-Mobile will sell the Nexus 4 for $199 with a two-year contract; no surprise there. But Google also sells an unlocked GSM version for $100 more. That’s a brand new, unlocked Nexus phone for $299 with no contract.
Features include a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch touchscreen, an 8MP primary camera, NFC, and the latest version of the Android OS, v4.2 "Jelly Bean." The phone is available with either 8GB or 16GB of internal flash storage. However, it does not have LTE.
The Nexus 4 is getting great, glowing reviews.
Learn more about the LG Nexus 4 smartphone here…
It’s difficult not to love the upcoming Droid DNA Android phone, even without having seen or touched one. The HTC handset boasts just about every high-end feature a smartphone could offer, and then there’s the screen…
The Droid DNA’s screen is a large 5-inch Super LCD protected by Gorilla Glass 2, which is pretty great in itself, but the touchscreen also boasts the highest pixel density of any smartphone: 440PPI. That’s more than 100 pixels per inch more than the iPhone 5. This results in a display resolution of 1080×1920, which is the same as many 21 and 22-inch monitors.
The DNA also includes a quad-core S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a microSDXC memory card slot, LTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi, and an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording.
Verizon Wireless will sell the Droid DNA for $199 with a two-year contract starting November 19th. Find out more here.
We don’t know when it’ll ship or how much it’ll cost, but today AT&T announced that it will offer Sony’s Xperia XL Android phone.
The Xperia XL will sadly ship with Android 4.0, but apparently will be updated to 4.1 shortly after release (we’ll believe that when we see it). But there are some other goodies to mitigate the older OS blues: a dual-core 1.5GHz S4 SoC, a 4.6-inch Bravia 720p HD touchscreen display, and a whopping 13MP primary camera. Other features include NFC with SmartTag, LTE and HSPA+ network support, and a 720p front-facing camera for video chats.
We’ll keep you updated as new information is released.