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Difference between Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100 and GT-I9100G

Samsung has a specific model number for their every phone like GT-I19100 for Galaxy S II, where Galaxy S II stands for codename. People generally don’t bother looking at the model number they just blindly look at the name Galaxy S II and buy the device. Many people have failed recognising their device and have purchased GT-I1900G instead of GT-I1900. Is there any difference between both the devices, Yes there is.

Both the phones are actually same, as they are categorised below Galaxy S II. But both differ in performance.

Here’s how:

Galaxy S II GT-I9100 is powered by 1.2GHz ARM CortexA9 Exynos 4210 and ARM Mali-400 GPU while GT-I9100G is powered by Texas Instruments OMAP4430 CPU and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. This is the main difference between both the phones leading to change in performance.

Drawbacks of GT-I1900G over GT-I1900

According to user reviews, though Samsung has mentioned the clock speed for Galaxy S II (GT-I1900G) to be 1.2GHz it doesn’t exceed 1.008GHz and that’s why some games might encounter problem while launching. Also custom ROM’s, MOD’s and patches developed for GT-I1900 are more as compared to GT-I1900G being very few. Poor 3D performance has been noted from GT-I1900G with low frame rates, and even small lags while jumping between apps (multitasking). Rest, both the phones are exactly same.

Benefits of GT-I1900G over GT-I1900

From the user reviews, it is found that Samsung has fixed the overheating issue which was found in GT-I1900. So GT-I1900G doesn’t overheat easily. Also, the quick battery drain problem from GT-I1900 is manually fixed in GT-I1900G (without software update).

Which phone to buy?

If you are planning to buy Samsung Galaxy S II from the market do check the model number which is located at the left bottom on the back face of the box. From the comparisons I conclude that, GT-I1900 is way better than GT-I1900G in case of performance as well as it is open for modding which most of the Android users are aware of. If you are wondering about battery life of GT-I1900, you shouldn’t worry because the battery problem is fixed from a software update (2.3.5).

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VarDOS, as he prefers being called, Varad is 17 and tech enthusiast. All things digital, that’s what he always think about. Not a fanboy but still loves covering iDevices and is our Jailbreak “dexterous”. Brain flooded with lots of creativity he supports genuineness, he always keeps his point right so don’t argue with him.
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  • Yasho170

    really confused as the 9100g model has the chipset and gpu same as the galaxy nexus!
    so now which is better?
    9100g or 9100!???!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1589618778 Varad Choudhari

      Yes, Galaxy Nexus has same GPU but not the chipset. I9100G has TI OMAP 4430 while Galaxy Nexus has TI OMAP 4460.

      In my opinion, get Galaxy Nexus instead of Galaxy S II as it is better that it (except camera)

      • Aayush Dhuria

        And for your info, MP doesn’t matter Galaxy nexus Captures great shots !

      • Aayush Dhuria

        Galaxy Nexus’s GPU is PoverVR SGX540, old one and single core where as I9100 Got Mali 400MP which is quad core !

        Galaxy S II also got amazing developer community at xda

        The old Galaxy s2 is better than galaxy nexus in EVERY ASPECT!

        “The Galaxy Nexus’ Super AMOLED display is a minus, not a Plus” – Engadget !

  • davien88

    thank god i got the GTi9100, fuh…thanks for this comparison.

    • Azhmp

      the q isis it 4g compatible

  • AMIRSHAFAEI

    I HAVE GALAXY S 2 I900G I SHOULD SAY THERE IS NO PROBLEM IN PALYING GAME. I INSTALL DEAD SPACE IT WORK SO FINE.ALL NEW GAME WORK FINE WITH THIS PHONE.ALTHOCH I M PLAYING ASPALT 6 WITH LITTLE PROBLEM. AND THIS PROBLEMS ALSO CAN BE SOLVED BY ROM UPGRADE TO ANDORID 1.6. THE BATTAREY USAGE IS SO FINE.A ND THERE IS NO GRRENN COULER BEHIND LCD AND THERE IS NO OVERHEATING PRBLEM .AND I SHILD SAY I INDTALLD 20 PAEG APLLICATION WITH OUT ROOT ANABLE BUT IT WORK FAST AND WITH OUT ANY HANG

    • Aayush Dhuria

      for a normal user, it wont make a big difference !

      For someone who’s into developing, there are no ROMs for I9100G and the I9100 outperforms it by a big margin !

      I9100 got mali 400mp i.e. quad core GPU and I9100 got PowerVR SGX540 single core GPU!

  • Raju

    Hi Varad,
    Nice review, do you have any ideas if Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I1900 is available in indian market?

    • Aayush Dhuria

      I bought a new phone yesterday only !, I hunted for I9100 and almost bought the I9100′G’ but then i scanned it’s bar code n it saved my 30k bucks !

      I ended up buying HTC Sensation XE, no super amoled plus but still cool enough :) Beats by Dr.dre ♥

  • sidra

    wat the heLL !!!

    i buyed it in the same price of s2 i9100 !! :@

    • Aayush Dhuria

      Samsung is selling I9100G in boxes of I9100 at some places, and specially black color !

      • Sidra

        what should i do…:/ ??? goto the comapny or wat???

        • Aayush Dhuria

          All you can do is file complaint in consumer forum if Samsung sold it to you in I9100 box

          If not, then ‘DEAL WITH IT’ !

          Sorry for you ..

          • Shivani Kapoor

            hey aayush same thing happened to me .. bought samsung galaxy S2 n nw saw dat on d box face its written GT-I1900 and actually its GT-I1900G.. wat can i do… hv u also filed a complaint against dis.. if yes do rply me

  • Wilfried

    hello, are you sure about Galaxy S II i9100 or i1900?

  • Mangman0

    I HAVE TWO OF THE MODEL BUT I bought the GTi900 secondhand, Icompared the screen between the two models and my comparision showed that the GTi900g has brighter screen than the GTi900,plus that GTi900g can run some games that GTi900 can’t

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