Little over a year passed between the Fall 2012 release of Samsung Galaxy S Duos and the winter 2013 release of Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2.
The very similar phones have much in common, which brings the question of what is new and if the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 has improved enough to merit change.
Similarities and Differences Between Old and New
Both phones are physically similar in both appearance and dimension, with the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 only slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor as a matter of a few milometers and grams. There are no differences between the display sizes of the phones, both of which are 4 inch, 480×800 pixel touchscreens. The microSD card has increased from 32 GB to 64 GB but retains the same 4 GB internal memory and 768 MB RAM as before. Data speed has been increased from 7.2 Mbps to 21 Mbps to keep up with the newer industry standard. The Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 has upgraded to Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP and now includes Wi-Fi Direct on top of the previous Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Wi-Fi hotspot features. The camera remains mostly the same but the video has been boosted from VGA to 720p at 30fps. There are only two colors available for the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2: black and white, having dropped the La Fleur design of the original Galaxy S Duos. Internet browsing remains the same, using HTML with a variety of browser apps, including Chrome. Despite using the same Lithium Ion 1500 mAh battery, the Galaxy S Duos 2 drains the battery faster, likely due to the higher processing power and other strengthened features.
So, what’s new anyway?
While both phones employ Android OS, the Galaxy S Duos 2 uses v4.2 (Jelly Bean) as opposed to v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich.) The Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, 1 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU, and Adreno 200 GPU have been dropped in favor of a Dual Core 1.2 GHz CPU. The A-GPS support remains and GLONASS has been added to the phone’s GPS. A photo viewer/editor has been added to the prior lineup of basic apps. The price remains roughly the same, the newer model is naturally more expensive than the older Galaxy S Duos.
The Galaxy S Duos 2 is arguably more powerful than its predecessor, and for a slightly higher price, the phone provides itself as a suitable device for consumers who want to spend less on high call volumes. It is up to consumers who own the older Galaxy S Duos to decide if they want spend the money to upgrade to a slightly better phone, or stay with the older model. Both models are fairly affordable and available for under $300USD in the current marketplace. The older model sells at approximately $190 while the newer at approximately $270. Spending extra money for better features is up to buyers, though the price is fairly reasonable in the expensive world of smartphones.