Samsung Galaxy S Plus


Samsung’s bespoke Hummingbird chipset has been swapped out for Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon. The “T” means it’s a faster version of the vanilla MSM8255 chipset found in a good deal of Android phones. With a clock speed of 1.4GHz, it could be up to 40% faster. We’ll see how they measure up though, as they have slightly different architectures.

Qualcomm’s chipset comes with Adreno 205 graphics instead of the custom PowerVR SGX540 in the original Galaxy S. We expect a slight difference in graphics performance too. Also, the new battery can hold up to 10% of extra juice, for a total of 1650 mAh.

Other than that however, you can’t tell the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S Plus apart – not even with a caliper and scales. Here’s a summary of what the S Plus has to offer, complete with a feeling of deja vu.

Key features
  • Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 4″ 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution, PenTile matrix
  • Super slim at 9.9mm
  • Android OS v2.3.3 with TouchWiz 3.0 UI customization
  • 1.4GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255T chipset
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, microSD slot (up to 32GB cards)
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with face, smile and blink detection
  • 720p HD video recording at 30fps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g and n support
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; Digital compass
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Great audio quality
  • FM radio with RDS
  • 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Document editor and file manager come preinstalled
  • Secondary video-call camera
  • Swype predictive text input
  • Full Flash support for the web browser
Main disadvantages
  • No flash for the camera
  • No dedicated camera key
  • Fingerprint prone plastics
  • Virtually unchanged year-old design
  • Adreno 205 GPU is weaker than PowerVR SGX540 in the original
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