Samsung’s Galaxy S, and the many other names it goes under in America where all four of the major operators launched it, has been a massive success. The South Korean firm announced that they’ve shipped more than 10 million of them in just 7 months. How are you supposed to follow that act? By announcing the Galaxy S 2 of course! Rumor has it that it’s going to look like the blurry picture above, feature a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, similar to the one that was in the Samsung Inspire 4G for AT&T that was shown off at CES, dual core processor, NFC chip, and it’ll run the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, version 2.3 Gingerbread. Whether those dual cores are built using the ARM Cortex A8 or A9 processor, we don’t know. The NVIDIA Tegra 2 uses the A9 and while the media has yet to fully benchmark devices that use that chip, early impressions of the LG Optimus 2X, the first dual core smartphone to be announced, indicate that it’s a whole new level of performance.
Samsung makes their own chips, screens, memory, and just about everything else needed to make a mobile phone; they also sell these parts to other handset makers, including Apple. In 2010 they announced “Orion”, their dual core chip that is built on the 45 nanometer process, packs two ARM Cortex A9 processors, an unnamed graphics processor that’s supposed to be 5x faster than the previous generation of chips, meaning the Hummingbird, and it can handle up to three displays. It’s due to begin mass production during the first half of this year, so chances are it may be in the G2. In 2010 Samsung announced the Galaxy S at Mobile World Congress and then shipped the device in the summer, so a similar thing may happen this year, at least we hope it does.
What say you, are you holding off on your next smartphone purchase because of Mobile World Congress? We are.