Samsung just introduced the Galaxy S II Plus smartphone as the smartphone for the budget-conscious consumer. The new phone is an offshoot of the Galaxy S II with some upgrades.
The Galaxy S II Plus features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 480 x 800 pixel screen, 8 megapixel back camera, and 2 megapixel front camera. With 8 gigabytes of storage memory and one gigabyte of RAM, users can also expand its storage with microSD cards. This smartphone uses Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system and supports HSPA+,GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It also features NFC capabilities. The phone is made of hyperglazed plastic and comes in two color choices: white or dark blue.
At press time, there was no word on what price the Galaxy S II Plus smartphone will retail or when it will be available.
Samsung isn't the only company trying to cater for the budget consumer by creating a cheaper smartphone. There has been numerous rumors that Apple has plans of introducing an iPhone Mini, a smaller and lower-cost version of the perennial iPhone. Although Apple has yet to confirm this rumor, there are speculations that the Cupertino-based company could introduce the new phone as early as this summer.
The market for budget-friendly smartphones has long been ignored, but that is changing as big tech companies have taken notice at this key market that's been ignored for quite some time.
Samsung also mentioned that this new software has additional features like Popup Video which allows users to watch a video in a resizable tab while running other tasks, S Voice that allows users to control their phone with voice commands, and Voice unlock that allows users to unlock the device with their voice.
Although Samsung didn't mention which markets would receive this new phone, they did mention that it wasn't coming to the UK.