Are you ready for more heavyweight droid action, with superclocked punches thrown around and more blood on the floor? Its time for round two of our dual-core battle of the flagships. The Samsung Galaxy S II and the LG Optimus 2X are fully updated and ready to show their best. Weve also thrown the Samsung Galaxy S Plus in the ring to see if one, faster core is better than two slower ones.
The first time around, we had a pre-release Galaxy S II on a 1GHz dual-core CPU and the Optimus 2X has since received a few firmware updates up to stock V10B, which made it noticeably zippier.
Not only that, but we also got the latest 1.2GHz Galaxy S II, we felt obligated to redo the tests now that weve got a final Galaxy S II with a 1.2GHz processor (updated to the I9100XWKE7 firmware). A Galaxy S Plus with a faster than usual single-core processor makes it a three-cornered fight.
Now, our Galaxy S Plus unit runs at just 1.2GHz instead of the 1.4GHz planned for the final version. Stil, we cant wait to see if 2 x 1GHz is better than 1 x 1.2GHz a 20% increase in clock speed should bring a big improvement in single-threaded tasks of which there are many, considering weve only recently entered the world of dual-core phones.
Samsung Galaxy S II official photos
Now, the Plus version could breathe new life into the old Galaxy S but its still using the old 5MP camera with just 720p video recording and the old PenTile SuperAMOLED screen.
The Samsung and LG flagships on the other hand boast 8MP cameras with 1080p video capture. And in the case of the Galaxy S II, the screen is a massive improvement.
LG Optimus 2X official photos
So, heres what well cover in this repeat head to head comparison.
For starters, well look at the screens again but having seen the Galaxy S, S II and Optimus 2X last time theres nothing really new to say here the screens of the phones are exactly as before.
After that well test the 8MP sharpshooters (the Galaxy S Plus need not apply) and see if the firmware changes affected the camera. Maybe improved bitrate for the video recording has allowed finer detail in the videos, well have to check.
Then, well be testing the processor and graphics performance cutting edge CPUs and GPUs simply beg to be benchmarked. Browser performance is another topic we plan to cover its taxing on the system (especially with Flash) and is used almost daily.
What else? Some real-life games, of course, we shouldnt put too much trust in benchmarks. Well also want to try out the GPS capabilities of the phones its got nothing to do with fast processors but flagships should be good at everything, right?
Well, let the tests begin. Its about which ones the best if money is no object and what the latest and greatest phones can deliver.