The 10 Coolest Smartphones Of 2011


5. Samsung Galaxy S2

So cool it's hot, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is centered around one of the most powerful smartphone processors available: Samsung's 1.2 GHz Exynos dual-core processor. Technically a system-on-chip, the Exynos integrates RISC-based CortexA9 application processor with its Mali 400MP ARM-based GPU, and communicates with the system's 1 GB of memory at a blistering 6.4 GBps. That's plenty enough bandwidth to keep its 800 x 480 Super AMOLED Plus 3D video display, 1080p video capture and HDMI output all working smoothly--simultaneously through support of separate post processing pipelines. Galaxy S2 includes 1 GB of storage memory, an 8MP back camera, 2MP front camera, WiFi Direct plus a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, DivX playback, stereo FM radio, and dual MicroUSB and HDMI outputs. As if that weren't enough, Samsung adds to the Galaxy S2 a UI layer called TouchWiz that runs atop Android (as well as Samsung's Bada OS for its low-end phones). For consumers, it's one of the coolest devices out there. But for developers seeking a pure Android platform free of proprietary overlays, check out Samsung's NEXT slide...

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