While any new version of a popular line-up comes in the spotlight for very first time, the major difference between the new one and the previous one becomes a key point of the consideration. A latest edition in the Samsung Galaxy line-up, the Samsung Galaxy S3, truly created a buzz in the tech world. The previous edition in this flagship line-up of Samsung was Galaxy S2, which is deemed as “the best Android Smartphone yet.” Even if the Galaxy S3 is not launched yet, there are lots of speculations and the reports stating that it will come equipped with impressive specs which are far better than the Galaxy S2. This article is all about the head to head comparison between these 2 powerful Samsung Android Giants to know if the S3 would be really capable of beating the supremacy that the S2 presently possesses.
The major points of consideration in the Samsung Galaxy S2 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 mash-up include:
- Operating System & User Interface
- Memory and Storage
- Form Factor
- Pricing & Availability
So let’s get started comparing each of above key factors to discover if the S3 will really be capable of getting such an important and crucial edge over the previous S2 which still holds the label of “the best Android Smartphone yet”.
While talking about Operating System & User Interface, these two devices are not much differed from each other. The Samsung Galaxy S2 was originally equipped with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS, but it was ultimately upgraded to Android Ice Cream Sandwich v4.0.3. The user interface of Galaxy S2 was layered with Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 UI. You won’t see a lot of change as Samsung Galaxy S3 is anticipated to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as, the firmware of device is also expected to be layered with the same TouchWiz 4.0 UI. However, one noteworthy change which can be expected from Galaxy S3 is that it will not be equipped with any physical button like its predecessor. Alternatively, it will be fully designed with soft touch buttons.
As far as Processor is concerned, Galaxy S2 can be deemed as one of the most powerful Android devices of today as it is powered with a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 Exynos processor with 1GB RAM. As the Galaxy S3 hasn’t been launched yet, it is very difficult to give remarks on its processor. Although, we can say that Galaxy S3 will undoubtedly be much faster and much powerful than its predecessor. The reason behind this expectation is that Galaxy S3 is planned to be powered with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Exynos Processor with 1GB RAM.
Now comes to Memory and Storage; the Galaxy S3 will come packed with1GB RAM, similar to the Galaxy S2. Galaxy S2 is available in the market with two internal memory configurations of 16GB and 32GB with a support of an external microSD card which can expand the memory up to 32GB. On the other hand, Galaxy S3 is expected to come in the market with three internal memory configurations of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with support of an external microSD card extendable up to 64GB. All in all, the new Galaxy S edition will have twice the memory space possible!
When it comes to the Form Factor, the successor seems to be slimmer than the predecessor. Thickness wise, the S3 measures 8mm which is slight thin than the S2 as it measures 8.5mm. However, the new one weighs around 126 grams which is slight heavier than its predecessor, since the previous one weighs only 116 grams. Moreover, the overall look and feel of the S3 is not so much appealing as that of the S2. The S3 will probably flaunt a bumper, which looks like to be used for protecting the fragile sides of the device. It is also observed that the front snapper of the S3 will be placed on the upper right corner that is total opposite to the S2’s front facing camera.
The head to head comparison of the Display features of these two giant Galaxy devices is the best part in this comparison. The Galaxy S2 sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touch-screen with 217 ppi pixel density, while Galaxy S3 will sport 4.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD capacitive TouchWiz screen with 319 ppi pixel density. The display of the new giant is clearly seems bigger. The quality of the screen will be superior in Galaxy S3 as it is planned to be set on HD with a full screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels, in contrast, the display resolution of Galaxy S2 only 800×480 pixels. Both the Smartphones have display protection of Corning Gorilla Glass, but the new one will possibly come with new and improved version. Hence, it is very clear that the display of successor is better than its forerunner. Images will be seen much clearer & watching videos will be a real joy on this high-res Galaxy S3.
As far as the Rear Camera is concerned, the Galaxy S3 clearly wins the game as it is anticipated to come featured with a beefed-up rear camera of 12MP. The rear camera of S2 has an 8MP sensor with 1080p HD video capture and 3264×2448 pixels resolution, while S3 has a giant 12MP sensor with 1080p HD video capture and 4000×3000 pixels resolution. The usual camera add-ons of the Galaxy range such as LED Flash, auto focus, image stabilization, and geo-tagging are all supported in S3, similar to the S2. That means one can capture pictures in higher resolution besides taking advantage of these camera add-ons. It will also capable of recording 1080p HD videos, like the S2.
But…but…but…when it comes to the Front-Facing Camera, it has been demoted from 2MP to 1.3MP. Still, that is pretty enough to see the face of your buddy via video call. So, S3 can be still preferred over the Galaxy S2 owing to its improved rear camera sensor.
Connectivity wise, both the devices have same capabilities of connecting via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and USB 2.0. The difference is that Galaxy S3 will come with an upgraded high-speed Bluetooth version 4.0, while the S2 features Bluetooth version 3.0. The Near Field Communication technology (NFC) was provided as an optional feature for the S2, while it is expected to become a key feature for the S3. So, mobile payments and many other sorts of virtual transactions will be very easy with the S3. The 4G LTE is supported in both the devices.
While talking about the Battery, again S3 wins the competition. The S2 is packed with quite standard Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery, whereas the S3 is predicted to pack a slim & standard 2250 mAh battery. Moreover, the S3 will be featured with a revolutionary wireless charging technology. That is not all, this technology is even useful to share, sync or back-up data without the use of cables or plugs, besides the charging of the battery.
There is no word on the Pricing & Availability of the Samsung Galaxy S3 as it is not officially announced yet. Many speculations have been spread about the price and the release date of the Galaxy S3 but Samsung had not confirmed anything yet. The predicted launch date of the Galaxy S3 is 22nd May, 2012. It is assumed that the price range of the Galaxy S3 can be very similar to the Galaxy S2. At present, Galaxy S2 has being priced at $500 to $700. So, if there would not be a major variation among the price range of these two Samsung giants, it would be best to acquire the latest one.
On the whole, both the devices are really powerful and intended for mobile entertainment and productivity. Both can pretty much handle your applications and movies, and both can be gained for a very affordable cost. If you presently own the S2 and if you have not any desire to get the boost of 12MP camera and the HD display, then better stick to it that you already have. Obviously the quad core processor of S3 is much powerful than the dual core processor of S2, but it is only differentiable for the people who are interested in the HD movie playback and recording or hardcore mobile gaming. If you currently own a mid-range device and want to acquire a high-end device, then waiting until the Samsung Galaxy S3 gets officially unveiled would be better for you.
||Samsung Galaxy S2||Samsung Galaxy S3|
|Operating System||Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread), upgraded to v4.0 (ICS)||Android OS, v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Processor||1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 Exynos processor with 1GB RAM||1.5GHz Quad-Core Exynos Processor with 1GB RAM|
|Internal Memory||16GB/32GB configuration||16GB/32GB/64GB configuration|
|External Memory||up to 32GB via microSD card slot||up to 64GB via microSD card slot|
|Display||4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touch-screen, 217 ppi pixel density, 800×480 pixels||4.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD capacitive TouchWiz screen, 319 ppi pixel density, 1280×720 pixels|
|Rear Camera||8 MP with LED Flash, auto focus, 1080p HD video capture, 3264×2448 pixels||12 MP with LED Flash, auto focus, 1080p HD video capture, 4000×3000 pixels|
|Front-Facing Camera||2 MP||1.3 MP|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth v3.0, Wi-Fi, and USB 2.0, NFC optional||Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, and USB 2.0, NFC in-built|
|Battery||1650 mAh||2250 mAh|
||125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm||131 x 64 x 8 mm|
||116 gms||126 gms|