If you are one of the many people who are considering purchasing the popular smartphone the Samsung Galaxy S2, it may be worth waiting until its successor, the Galaxy S9 is launched, an event which is expected to take place in the coming weeks. In this article I will look at the differences between some key features of the two handsets so you can decide whether it is worth the wait.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is well known for its S-AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which provides great display quality for all manner of multimedia products. The screen provides wide viewing angles and superb brightness even when being viewed outside which is something that many other phones struggle to do well. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is likely to have similar touchscreen technology, but we can expect differences in terms of the resolution and possibly the size of the screen. Samsung already has the screen technology with the likes of the Galaxy Note and Nexus boasting some of the highest touchscreen resolutions of any smartphones currently available, even beating the retina display of the iPhone 4S. Therefore, if you plan on using the phone for multimedia use, then I think it would be worth waiting and getting the new Galaxy S9.
Every year for the past couple of years, smartphones have got progressively more powerful when it comes to the processors they include. The Samsung Galaxy S2 has a very capable 1.2 GHz dual-core processor which means that it provides excellent performance from hardware like the responsiveness of the touchscreen, to software like its ability to run multiple apps simultaneously without jeopardising their performance. With the Galaxy S9, it has been rumoured that a quad-core processor will be included. The clock speed is still unclear but it is likely that it will be either 1.2 GHz or 1.5 GHz. This essentially means that performance and speeds will double what the Galaxy S2 is capable of. Therefore, you can look forward to lightning fast response times from the touchscreen, faster loading and operating times of applications and more efficient multitasking, as well as more benefits like the ability to display richer graphics making it ideal for watching movies or gaming on the phone.
With the release of the new version of Android (v4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich), we can expect a very different interface from the Galaxy S9. There is a long list of features which make it an appealing platform with notable upgrades including the ability to unlock the phone using face recognition in conjunction with the front facing camera. The Galaxy S2 will support this software via an update but it is unclear just how many of the features will be compatible. The Samsung Galaxy S9 will be optimised to take full advantage of the new software so you will be able to make the most of all the new features.