Galaxy SIII, the current flagship in Samsung’s line-up, is slowly but steadily approaching the point when it will be replaced. However, despite it’s age, even its predecessor, the Galaxy SII, isn’t quite dead yet, as Samsung has announced an updated version of the device. The Galaxy SII Plus probably won’t reach the Western markets, but it has just appeared on the shelves in Taiwan with a price of $475. Two colour variants are offered – Blue and White, but the latter will become available in February.
Galaxy SII Plus can’t really be considered an upgrade, though, more like an attempt to prolong the smartphone’s life while decreasing costs. The Samsung-made Exynos chipset of the original Galaxy SII has been replaced by an outsourced unit made by Broadcom, and although it still has a dual-core 1.2 GHz with 1 GB of RAM, a slight decrease in overall performance is quite likely. The internal memory has also been reduced and is now only 8 gigs, though the microSD slot is thankfully still present. The 4.3-inch 480×800 Super AMOLED display and 8-megapixel 1080p-capable camera are unchanged. One of the advantages of the Galaxy SII Plus is the operating system – the device comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, with the TouchWiz v5.0 user interface on top.