Samsung has officially announced the successor to its highly-popular Samsung GALAXY S, named as Samsung GALAXY S II (GT-I9100), which Samsung claims as the world’s thinnest dual-core smartphone running on Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform, combining a new innovative, crisp 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display, speedy dual-core processor, TouchWiz 4.0 UI, lightning-fast HSPA+ connectivity and built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) support into a single stylish, sleek device.

“In 2011, we will take Samsung’s leadership in Speed, Screen and Content to a whole new level. With the GALAXY S II, Samsung wants to set the new standard of quality viewing on mobile, powerful performance, and slim and modern design,” commented JK Shin, President and Head for Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of GALAXY S. Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are proud to unveil the ultimate smartphone. Consumers no longer have to contain themselves – the Samsung GALAXY S II allows them to design their own smart lives.”

Key features of Samsung GALAXY S II:

  • Powerful 1 GHz dual-core application processor complemented with 1GB of RAM
  • Large, vibrant 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) Super AMOLED Plus screen
  • 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p full HD movie recording at 30fps plus 2MP front-facing camera
  • Samsung Hubs – Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub
  • Customizable Live Panel to aggregate live Web and mobile apps to the home screen

The new sleek, ultra-slim and lightweight Samsung GALAXY S II dual-core Android smartphone which measures 4.9 x 2.6 x 0.3 inches and weights just 4 ounces will be available in 2 variants of internal memory storage – 16GB and 32GB. The exact availability date and pricing info of Samsung GALAXY S II have yet to be known.

Update: Samsung GALAXY S II will hit UK market on May 1.