Samsung Galaxy S II Plus front

The last we heard about the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus was way back in February, when rumors claimed the device would launch before the Galaxy S III, with improved specifications that would provide a kind of middle ground between Samsung’s last flagship handset and its latest one.

But with months gone by and still no word from the Korean company, we had suspected that the handset wasn’t part of Samsung’s plans after all. Until more pictures of the Galaxy S II Plus surfaced this week — along with specifications.

As expected, the handset is a much-improved version of the Galaxy S II, sporting a larger 4.5-inch AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. Like the original Galaxy S II, it is also expected to feature an 8-megapixel camera with an LED flash.

According to sources, the device will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it will almost certainly see an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean later on.

That is, of course, if this handset is the real deal. Most of these shots do look genuine, but to me, the handset looks surprisingly thick. The original Galaxy S II measured just 8.49mm thick, and this appears to be at least double that when you look at the images of the top and the bottom of the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus top

Maybe it’s just the way I’m looking at it. What do you think? Is the Galaxy S II Plus a handset you’d be interested in?

[via SlashGear]