February 16, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
The Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone is probably the most popular Android-based handheld of 2011 (if not in history), which is why for the past few months there was speculation of a refresh or a slightly upgraded version called the Galaxy S II Plus.
Today we have a very interesting development to report, as a so-called Samsung Galaxy S II v2 has popped up on a German retailer’s official website. Cyberport is the name of the retailer and this somewhat unexpected smartphone version features pretty much all the things you can find on the original Galaxy S II.
However, there are a couple of differences, as the Galaxy S II v2 is set to be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor and will feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA.
The connectivity improvements could prove pretty significant, if you ask me, but that processor tweak might not be very noticeable in real life. The original Galaxy S II features a dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos processor and, at least in theory, that TI OMAP chipset might be just a tad snappier at most.
As I already mentioned, these are the only differences between the Galaxy S II and the S II v2, which means that this 4.3-incher is also set to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. On the other hand, maybe that chipset change has been made specifically to integrate better ICS, which might mean that the S II v2 could actually ship with Android 4.0.
It’s still unclear whether this Galaxy S II v2 will enjoy a worldwide release, but if you are from Germany and you are drawn by the smartphone, you can already preorder it from Cyberport. The 469.90 euro price tag is more than fair, if you ask me, as it is only 10 euro more than what the Galaxy S II goes for in Goethe’s homeland.
As far as availability goes, it seems that the smartphone was initially tagged as starting shipping in March only to be coming at an ‘’undefined’’ date right now.