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Ah, the power of dual-core processors it lets you do cool stuff like buttery-smooth multitasking, exciting 3D portable gaming or Full HD videos. The latest Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II packs the new Exynos chipset, which pairs a couple of Cortex-A9 cores with a Mali-400MP GPU. Sounds like a potent mix at least on paper, so were eager to pit it against one of the first phones to offer Nvidias Tegra 2 platform – the LG Optimus 2X.
Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II official photos
What we have in our hands is a pre-release test unit of the Galaxy S II, successor to one of the best selling Android phones. Ours runs its two CPU cores at 1GHz but Samsung announced that the speed will be bumped up to 1.2GHz.
Once thats done, the I9100 Galaxy S II would be the most powerful droid until the competition catches up, which wont take long judging by our rumor mill. Anyway, were going to use the chance to put Samsungs Exynos chipset head to head with NVIDIAs Tegra 2. Well be using the LG Optimus 2X for the benchmarks, which runs at the same clock speed as our Galaxy S II 1GHz.
Were already working on our Galaxy S II preview but until thats done, we just couldnt resist testing some of the most interesting new features of Samsungs latest flagship. Heres what this comparison will be about.
First off, this is our first encounter with the Super AMOLED Plus technology, which improves on an already excellent screen. Well run the new display through several tests to determine how it stacks up against the old one and other leading displays on the market.
Next, well get to the camera department the Galaxy S II comes with an 8MP still shooter that can capture 1080p FullHD videos. Thats our second encounter with such a beast and well be pitting it against the LG Optimus 2X camera, thats for sure. A surprising guest star in the camera test is the Sony Ericsson Arc, which we recently reviewed as well.
After that comes the test of what makes the Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II tick the new dual-core Exynos chipset. Just keep in mind the Galaxy S II retail version will have 20% more clock speed for each of the two CPU cores.
Finally, well wrap things up with a real-life performance test how does the Galaxy S II stack up in real world tasks (well be testing the user interface, web browser and games) against a phone with a Tegra 2 chipset (which is quite popular among new smartphones and even tablets).
Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II in our office
Ready? Then lets jump to the next page but be warned, you are in for some serious display envy.