Analyst: Galaxy S II sets the Android bar

Does Samsung’s sleek Galaxy S II effectively set the bar for Android devices and other smartphones?

Well, according to James Mielke of ABI Research, the latest Galaxy-class handset (launched this spring) is a good place to start if you are looking to keep up with the latest tech in 2011.

”Samsung started from scratch with this phone: almost every component is new. Its application processor is the most powerful on the market at present,” Mielke told TG Daily in an e-mailed statement.

“It is also the first to use the Samsung Exynos 4210 dual-core application processor – a competitor to Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2. [In fact], the name Exynos combines Greek words for ‘smart’ and ‘green,’ indicating Samsung’s energy-efficiency goals for the design.”

Other notable hardware specs include a single-packaged multi-band multi-mode PA from RFMD,  CMOS-based antenna switch and a new lower-power XMM6260 cellular chipset from Infineon.

“[Yes], Samsung took many risks by combining all these new technologies into one phone. 

“But [we] believe those risks will pay off; [as] the Galaxy S II sets a new benchmark for almost every category on which a smartphone is measured,” Mielke added.