It’s a small drop, but a drop nonetheless. The Galaxy S Plus from Samsung is now available for Rs.20,650, at online retail stores, like Flipkart. This puts it directly in competition with its own sibling, the Galaxy R - a more powerful phone that has now mysteriously gone up in price to make room for the S Plus. But, there’s not a big gap between these two phones now, which makes us wonder how Samsung is planning to move this off the shelves. They’ve kind off shot themselves in the foot, here by launching too many variants and then there’s no room for proper pricing, either.
Just got cheaper!
The S Plus is not a new phone, but simply a speed bump of the existing Galaxy S. Samsung has done away with their Hummingbird chipset, which ran at 1GHz and swapped it for a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor. The battery has also been bumped up to 1650mAh from 1500mAh to compensate for the faster CPU. One thing to note is that the S Plus has just 8GB of built-in storage, compared to 16GB on the S. For those who already have a Galaxy S, it doesn't make sense to upgrade, instead we recommend you directly go for the Galaxy R. Featurewise, both the phones are pretty much identical. The S Plus features the same Super AMOLED 4-inch screen and 5MP camera capable of 720p video recording. It will still feature the older TouchWiz UI and not 4.0, as seen on the Galaxy S II. It comes with Gingerbread 2.3 out-of-the box and support Wi-Fi ‘n’ and Bluetooth v3.0.
The following are some of the highlights of the phone:
- 4.0-inch capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixel resolution
- 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
- GPS with A-GPS support
- Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, USB 2.0
- 5 megapixel camera
- Expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
- 3.5 mm handsfree socket