Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Samsung Galaxy S II

In today’s article we are comparing Samsung’s latest flagship device the Galaxy S III with its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy S II which was a massive hit.

Ergonomics:

The S III measures 136.6 mm lengthwise, 70.6 mm breadthwise and 8.6 mm in thickness. The S II is a tad thinner at 8.5 mm. The S II’s footprint measures 125.3 mm * 66.1 mm. The S III weighs 133 g while the S II is lighter at 116 g. Both phones feature Super AMOLED displays of sizes 4.8 inch in case of the S III and 4.5 inch in case of the S II. The S III screen has a higher resolution of 710 * 1280 pixels compared to the S II’s 800 * 480 pixels. For the S III, Samsung uses HD Super AMOLED but has switched to Pentile pixel matrix. This messes up the otherwise crystal clear touchscreen. The screens are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and have TouchWiz UI v4.0.

Operating System:

The phones have an Android platform. The S III is equipped with the latest version – v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). On the other hand, the version in the S II is Gingerbread (v2.3) but is upgradable to the Ice Cream Sandwich. The S III has a quad core processor with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz with an Exynos chipset. The S II has a dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz.

Memory:

The S III comes in three models based on internal memory – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. The phone also has 1 GB RAM. The S II on the other hand, has only two models based on internal capacity – 16 GB and 32 GB and also, 1 GB RAM. The phones have micro SD slots that house up to 64 GB in case of the S III and 32 GB in case of the 32 GB.

Camera:

The phones have 8 MP shooters in the rear with features such as LED screen, geo tagging, touch focus, auto focus, etc. The S III camera can shoot simultaneous HD video and images. The phone cameras record videos with a quality of 1080p and a frame rate of 30 fps. The S III has a 1.9 MP secondary camera that can shoot 720p videos. The S II owns a 2 MP front camera.

Connectivity:

The phones support GSM and HSDPA bands in 2G and 3G networks. The S III has an additional regional LTE for 4G connectivity. The phones have Class 12 EDGE and GPRS features. HSDPA clocks at 21 Mbps and the HSUPA speed is 5.76 Mbps in the phones. Wireless network is enabled via Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Hotspot. Local area connectivity is brought about by the features of Bluetooth, micro USB v2.0, etc. The S III has a NFC chip whereas this feature is optional in the S II.

Battery Life:

The S III has a Li-Ion fuel rated at 2100 mAh. On the other hand, the S II is fuelled by a Li-Ion battery with a power rating of 1650 mAh.

Price:

The S II is priced at $510. The S III’s price is around $710.

Wrap Up:

The S III is the winner between the two Korean Giant’s products. It accommodates more internal storage, had multiple processor cores, features larger batter capacity, provides better Bluetooth support, has faster upload speeds, owns latest network technology support, etc.

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