Samsung to update Galaxy S II with faster hardware?
With Apple's iPhone 5 expected to be headed for a September launch this year, it should be of little surprise that competing OEMs will be attempting to raise the stakes by ensuring that their products are ready to take on Apple's offerings when the big day arrives. And based on information we have been receiving from various online outlets, it seems that Samsung's plan to go up against Apple will be centered around performance, as word has it that the Korean electronics giant is planning to refresh its new Galaxy S II smartphone with faster, more porwerful processors come August or September this year.
Well, that certainly did not take very long. While Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphone may have been launched for retail only recently, it is clear that the Korean electronics giant is not about to bide its time and wait for the competition to catch up to it anytime soon. And based on what the rumor mill has been churning out, it seems that Samsung is already planning to refresh the Galaxy S II with faster and more powerful hardware to ensure that the smartphone remains well-equipped to take on the needs of smartphone users.
According to a blog post made on the SamsungHub website, sources who are familiar with Samsung's plans claim that the Korean electronics giant is preparing to furnish the new Galaxy S II smartphones with a more powerful 1.4GHz processor (the current S II's processor currently tops out at a clock speed of 1.2GHz). In addition, the post goes on to claim that it is quite likely that the newer Galaxy S II's RAM will remain unchanged at 1GB, although the smartphone will be given a more updated firmware in the form of version 2.3.4 of the Android operating system, as opposed to the current S II, which is preloaded with v2.3.3.
That being said, there is some dispute as to whether the new phone will retain the "Galaxy" branding that most consumers have come to know and appreciate as far as Samsung's premium smartphones are concerned. Apparently, the sources believe that Samsung'w new phone, which will compete with the iPhone 5 upon the latter's release, could either reuse the "Galaxy" and "S II" branding, or ditch both in favor of a yet-unannounced name.
Furthermore, SamsungHub's source, which goes by the name of SamFirmware is also claiming that the new 1.4GHz processor which will used in the phone is most likely to be Samsung's very own upgraded Exynos system-on-a-chip (SoC), although we will not be surprised if Samsung puts in orders for other chips of similar performance to meet the high demand for its devices. After all, this is precisely what the company has done with the current Galaxy S II, which is known to be powered by both its own Exynos SoC and NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC.