New Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100G in Malaysia Alert!!!

Samsung Galaxy S II is the most popular smartphone from Samsung nowadays. International Samsung Galaxy S2 has several models like GT-I9100, GT-I9100G and GT-I9100T. And U.S. variants ~ Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, T-Mobile Galaxy S II and AT&T Galaxy S II. I bought my Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100) at RM 2099 back in July. Samsung Galaxy S2 price in Malaysia dropped to as low as RM 1799. Wow, RM 300 lower than my buying price now. Great news, right? No, actually. Samsung Malaysia quietly replaces GT-I9100 with GT-I9100G model. What are the differences between GT-I9100 and GT-I9100G? The CPU and GPU…

Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S2

The original Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100 is using Samsung own Exynos 4210 SoC CPU and ARM Mali-400 GPU. On the other hand, GT-I9100G uses Texas Instruments OMAP4430 CPU and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Both of the CPU is running at 1.2 GHz based on dual core ARM Cortex-A9. Not sure the exact CPU performance difference. However, the PowerVR SGX540 (which was used in previous generation Galaxy S) is much slower than ARM Mali-400. And can’t enable Anti-Aliasing (4xAA and 16xAA) with Chainfire3D Pro.

I9100 vs I9100G ~ Source (AnandTech)

Besides, you can’t use any of the firmware developed for I9100 on I9100G model. This should not be a problem if all the international Samsung Galaxy S II is being replaced with I9100G model. Else it will be an issue because lesser development on I9100G model.

Here are some discussions about the new I9100G at XDA and Facebook. You should able to get more information about issues, firmware installation and rooting topics there.

Personal thoughts… Hold your horses and don’t buy Samsung Galaxy S II for the moment. Do consult the seller, Maxis, DiGi and Celcom and make sure it is I9100 model if you really want to buy it. Or wait for Samsung Nexus Prime which might equipped with Samsung new 1.5 GHz Exynos 4212 processor (built using a 32 mn process. 30 percent more efficient and 25 percent faster than the 4210), 50% faster GPU and 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with 1280 x 720 resolution.


  1. Woww..nice info bro. Really, i’m interested with SGS II. Yes, that is RM 2XXX at Maxis, Digi, Celcom (No Contract), and only RM 17XX in Lowyat forum… but rather confuse before buying it. It’s mean that all of SGS II with RM17XX are i9100G? Is i9100T offered in Malaysia too? thanks

      • Thanks bro. It’s time for me to make decision .. SG SII or iphone 4 .. my friend said “you’ll buy performance (SG SII) or brand/prestige (iphone)” .. hufttt .. not good choice

          • i’m sure that iphone 4S/5 will be over RM2000, right? and my money is of course .. not enough wkwkwkkk. so, “waiting” for me means to wait the proce of iphone 4 drop down upon 4S/5 born, not waiting to buy a new iphone 4S/5 :(( ….. but i’m falling in love with SG SII ..

              • EN.. THE IOS get soft update and all iphone is same loo,bcoz iphone is one only ma, and the android is if u use samsung ,want wait the samsung update loo… (if he/she not like or know to root loo) if u root , android is best os .. vs ios , now just wait andriod 4.0 vs ios 5 .. πŸ™‚ sorry i english no pass haha ..that is i think loo …and u think

  2. i bought this i9100g, at first i did not notice it wrote i9100g on the box, until i open it at u think i can make an exchange to get an i9100? rather than i9100g..really regret..

  3. I’ve read some thread at lowyat forum and almost peoples always ask about: i9100 or i9100g to seller (especially in white color). What’s wrong with i9100g? is i9100 better than i9100g? but almost seller said that “there is no way u can get i9100 in market right now for new set”. the SGS II seems cheaper now. that is because of i9100g or the price has drop down .. almost seller offer RM 16XX (AP) and RM 17XX (ori, warranty up to 24 month from SME .. woww…really or not?). I’m not sure but still confuse to make decision to buy SG S II.

    ============ copy from lowyat forum ===============

    Q:i9100 or i9100g?
    A:yes do pm all of u already, malaysia SME only come with I-9100G now
    unless u got 9100 mean old stock, higher cost and higher price as 2099 maybe,
    All the samsung units come with this nationwide.

    Q:the galaxy s2 (black color) ur selling is i9100 or i9100g?
    A:latest model mostly i9100G. which you looking for?

    Q:the galaxy s2 (black color) ur selling is i9100 or i9100g?
    A:i9100g. there is no way u can get i9100 in market right now for new set.

    and more

    • Yes, I9100 is better than I9100G. And if really Malaysia is the only country that hot selling I9100G and most of other countries still selling I9100. Then there will be very less development on I9100G.

  4. I dont really care if its different. Samsung Galaxy SII is still awesome. Tried with the this unit and I cant barely see the different. Why care so much if its didn’t so obvious.

    • yes, it still awesome, but the problem came when u want to root it..for sure, development on the custom rom will focus on the I9100 model, not is difficult for u to have a custom rom on this G model in the future..that’s juz my opinion..

  5. Bro,this morning i went to phone shop and asked about the SII.Indeed,SII 19100G price is RM1799.He told me that this is the “ONLY” version Malaysia have..??And,just want to tell you that there still shops selll SII at RM1899.I wonder if that the “ORIGINAL SII” ?

  6. Now this is funny, so i9100 is original and i9100-G is FAKE? zzz
    This is truly a jokes. And another thing, root is nt always an option, why keep rooting it? Do you hack your own computer for super user.? Let the device be itself and than it’s only called as ORIGINAL. Unnecessary for rooting.

    • I get your point it just that,both version of Galaxy SII have difference perfomance. It just that,all review we read about Galaxy SII being the “best phone” is i9100 not i9100-G. I wonder if it still called the “best phone” using i9100-G spec.

      • Okay, so based on that, the performance different can barely see. So, what so big deal for it?
        Samsung did came with different models or whatsoever, but nothing bad deal about it.
        Does to the phone changed to SINGLE CORE 1Ghz phone? No, the answer was. So there’s not much to argue about it.

        • i have this G model, and i cannot install Asphalt 6 Adrenaline HD WCG 2011. it says, ”Unable to download. Application not optimized for device(8002)”

          can yours?

          • Lawls, so basically you bought a phone just for gaming? That’s funny, smartphones is more to a social internet devices combined with phone technology. If you were to game so much, why don’t you go buy playstation, xbox or whatsoever?

            • lol, smartphone nowadays are more than that..that’s why if u noticed, there are game hub, readers hub, social hub, etc in is being use to make call, messaging, social networking, camera, e book, game, gps etc in a handy device..
              n i am not buying a phone just for gaming..

              • Hahaha see. U guys just can’t get enough. How about telling Samsung to put in xbox in next phone.
                Stop gaming. A little bit will do. Social networking is the best for this phone.
                Want gaming? Go pc or xbox or whatsoever.

            • lol… smartphone is more to a social internet devices combined with phone technology? what the hell is that? so you’re saying it’s okay if your phone doesn’t play music? can’t watch videos? if you answered no, so should I tell you if you want to play music and watch videos.. why not just get a freakin tv and ipod?

              do you know the graphics performance of the non-G version is much faster than the G version? the performance can barely see? you expect to see any difference in social networking apps? LOL.

              • lol, first of all, you don’t understand the points. Second, if you so likely to compared both version why don’t you create your own phone with super computer etc? There’s no perfect device in this world. If you still insist on those graphics performance, go and complain to Samsung or whatsoever.
                In the other way, your much faster doesn’t mean anything at all. Wan’t faster? go build yourself some phone with Nvidia & ATI Radeon gc or whatsoever.
                Another problem with this device is battery consuming problem, if you so likely to have those hardcore process, go and have your phone charge often, let say 3 times a day? lmao. I had tried both version and I can tell the previous version has some seriously mobo heat issues with your so “FAST” performance.
                Go and keep stuck with Gingerbread 2.3.3 while other having more updated version more than that. Cheers! . LOL

              • and btw, the previous vesion has this SAMOLED burning issues i wonder if this G has it? But so far there’s no complain about that for Gversion. =)

              • And another case is, why cant we expect to see any difference in performance in social networking apps? Try that with Samsung Galaxy S or Galaxy Mini. and you will see the big difference. =) Think twice before you press enter. =) Cheers!

                • lol, first of all, what points i did not understand? and who are you to decide what do people want and want to do on phones? if G and non G version doesnt matter to you, then that is you, and only you. you said whats the big deal? yes.. the big deal is.. people buy what they want, otherwise people wouldn’t bother comparing infuse 4g, galaxy s, captivate…etc. because these phones can perform all basic phone functions. galaxy s2 is supposed have a mali-400 gpu, but people are getting the sgx540 instead in the G version, and whats the big deal? the big deal is.. the previous galaxy S is using the same GPU, and it is twice as slow. i am wondering now do you even know what is a GPU lol.

                  yes there is no perfect device in the world, but there is one that is closer to perfect compared to the rest. and what is wrong comparing two devices? problem? and why would i want to build myself some phone with nvidia gc? are u retarded? i dont get your point. really. have you even heard of processor efficiency? a faster and more powerful processor doesn’t mean it uses more battery juice. i dont have any heat issues whatsoever with my non-G version. maybe you want a phone that is ice cold to the touch, if you care about heat so much, why not build yourself a portable fridge then? (yea i learned how to ask retarded questions from you :P)

                  by the way… i am on 2.3.5 ki3 firmware now πŸ™‚

                  oh yes, now you can see the difference with apps with different processor.. so is it a big deal now?? lol. or you’re gonna say:”if you like fast social networking app so much, why not build yourself a portable super computer instead.”

                  so.. pls go and start building whatever you wanna build now πŸ˜›

                  • hahaha, I just so love to see some retarded reply. Damn nice, gonna copy it as my quote in forum. THANKS =D
                    By the way, your 2.3.5 is from rooted and thats just not so ORIGINAL.
                    Try to get the official updates, you pirated Galaxy SII.

                    For the processor, they had already overclocked it to the specs where it should be the same with the previous Non G Version, what’s the big deal by then? So are you telling me now that G version has super downgraded to 1Ghz Processor? LMAO.

                    Get a life and dont make some silly comment over here.
                    Yeah I gonna build whatever I want to. So? At least I had my vision, unlike some who only came here to complain about some small issues. And another thing, don’t make yourselves sounds like knowing anything, you look way more down level retarded that I’ve ever seen in this world. Wanna know what? Scolding retarded was you at the first place, so there’s no more be nice with you. =)

                    Yeah, write more, like I’m gonna read it all. LMAO. =D

                    • lol… 2.3.5 is rooted? you totally phail =) it is the official europe samsung firmware. and rooting is not piracy by the way =) android is open source, this is not apple. double phail there =) buahahah

                      dude.. the processor.. and there is a GPU… understand? GPU.. please tell me if SGX540 is as fast as mali-400 ya… please do your research… triple fail there =) LMAO…. at yourself

                      so… how many silly comments u made there? hahaha..
                      people can’t complain about small issues? so if you buy a honda city and found out the engine is actually a proton campro engine.. you don’t have the right to complain? and if people wanna complain, you ask the people to build their own car and engine? hahahahh… fail again..

                      lol… i didnt make myself sound like i know everything.. it is you who thought i knew everything πŸ˜›

                    • Ummm…due? I have the 2.3.5 update on my i9100 (none G) S2. And no, it’s not rooted. 2.3.5 is an official update for the i9100 S2 model and your phone does NOT need to be rooted in order to download it. But I have heard that some people are having some issues with the 2.3.6 update for the i9100g, not sure how many people are having issues, but they are out there.

    • i respect of what u are thinking, but, different people, different thinking..some want to use their phone like it came out of the box, but some, cheers =)

  7. I got both I9100 and I9100G.. and the I9100G seems to have about 10% less performance than the earlier I9100 in benchmarks.. but then again, its also 10% cheaper (RM200 ringgit) so can consider fair lah.. the only problem is Samsung did not publicize the change.. then again, when Proton sold earlier batch of Waja with Mitsubishi engine then change to Campro, I dont think they make official announcement of it? People who know, knows.. people who are ignorant, simply buy.. πŸ˜€

    In any case I’ll run benchmarks on both devices and post some results later, if I have time.

  8. Hi Jayce, before i start with the questioning, i just want to complement you on what a nice blog site u got here, it really help me out a lot on how to customize my SGS2. So what i wanna ask is how would i know if my phone is a 9100 or a 9100G ??

    I’m u asking this because I know i have a 9100 now, but i’m planing to send it in for warranty because of my ‘back button’ has a less responsive problem and I’m afraid that Samsung might replace it with a 9100G for me, I don’t want 9100G as my friends just bought one & i notice it has a slight lag when waking up & if the background if downloading & updating something at the same time while your typing in a calender or note, it would lag or stop until the installation is finish. Also I like rooting a lot. With root enable, I’m able to replace my laptop with this phone. Its just amazing what a rooted android can do, & with people like u helping noobies like me, its practically a digital heaven here.

  9. im planning buying SGS2 this u think i shud wait for the upcoming galaxy nexus or go for the SGS2? and when u think the galaxy nexus is officially available to buy in malaysia?

  10. nope,non g version..It seems like,after upgrade my firmware to 2.3.3 my kernel version has changed from xwkf1 to dzki1 . I’m lucky i’m still remember my previous kernel version. So,what do you think? Seriously dude,i really did want to hit my head on wall when my root fail..

  11. I still get a G coz digi only left back G stock and i am too lazy to find. Just need to know will you actually feel the speed different when using G and non-G

  12. guys, please help me. i tried rooting, im on the DZKI1 on 2.3.5 gingerbread. so when im rooting, i accidentally used I9100’s kernel and not the I9100G.

    now my phone stuck at the yellow triangle. when i pull out the battery it is also starts on the yellow triangle. i have downloaded the official DZKI1 firmware, and a pit file to repair my brick. but i can’t even enter download mode or recovery mode. odin can’t even detect the phone. (as i know when it detects it, the in the ID:COM box will have a number right?)

    please please help me.

  13. Hello Ooi,
    Still remember me.UR From6 Classmate Chee Seang. Found your blog in S2 topic here. Sound great to hear u r the full time tech blogger and SEO consultant and investor. i’m the new S2 community member for I9100G. For my point of view and experience. Both model are not really able to fell the significant difference in the speed CPU and GPU for normal user like me. the only disandvantage of the new G version is no custom ROM deverlop for it for this moment. i just root my s2 with stock rom. Well, i used to deal with the Texas Instruments OMAP4430 BGA in Motorola Walkie talkie product before in SMT manufacturing. it is the most problematic and Sensitive BGA that i deal for that product but mainly is more to thier product design issue if the BGA is cover by shiell that cause the difficulty for manufacturing to perform inspection and rework. Overall performance for this BGA is still ok. So in term of the phone price and new cost CPU .i think is it fair game for consumer to get the new G version. The major improvement for G version that i impress is Less battery comsume and Less “Warmer” on the phone body is the advantage for S2 new community. i think it worth to get the G version.

  14. DEAR jayce, my brother has gifted me a Samsung GT-19100G Model recently from Malaysia. I live in Kathmandu Nepal, I am really in problem by using this phone, I try to connect to my PC to copy pic, but it shows nothing, just an empty dialog box, please help me, how can I perform properly, do I need any software to install or there is any internal defects???

  15. ohh icic..hmm..hard to choose for like white but now..original is G..AP is non-G..
    non-G got heat issue..G no heat issue..mayb go for orignal G..

    • Yes, non G version. Rooted but it does not have anything to do with heat issue here. It just give you root access.
      New Europe firmware might help to reduce it. But I don’t have heat issue with unrooted original stock XWKF1 firmware. So I say it might be hardware issue.

  16. I need your advice jaycee, pls. help. My I-9100 lost its wi-fi and i brought it to one of the affiliate service center of samsung. Fortunately, one of the tech is my friend and he told me that he will replace the board but, the only available board right now in their center is i-9100G w/c I don’t like. bec, it’s clock processor is not the same. It’s been 1 month now and still waiting. Do I have to get it back and bring it to samsung service center? My worries is they might replace my phone to 9100g w/o asking me. Thanks!

  17. Just bought my SGS2 i9100G from DIGI for RM1199 (24 months contract, RM48 commitment per month for 3GB of data, calls/sms pay per use) a few days ago, worth it IMO. oh yeah, the latest firmware update from KIES…now the G version runs at full 1200Mhz and the benchmark almost on par with the non-G version. So we can all forget about the non-G advantage. The G phone runs cool even after extended play (slighty warm, nothing to worry). Just love is phone….for RM1.2K….can’t be beaten!!!

  18. The DIGI plan suits me well btw, my calls very little, but use data a lot….:) I am already using the DIGI plan with no contracts for > 1 year…WTH…might as well get a phone for cheap while i am on it.

  19. Hi, I have recently bought Samsung S2. Today when connected to Kies. It had a new firmware. So i updated it..the firmware got downloaded.. but its almost 30mins..the phone still shows “Downloading Do not turn of the target!!”

    The Kies window on my machine which as showing the status vanished. the main window of Kies is stating “connection error”

    please help ..what has happen to my phone.

  20. hai…i’ve got SGS II g version…after read above, i think want to change to the non g version..can anyone advise me?confusing…

  21. hi jaycee!! nid some advice i recently buy a G-version of SGS 2 hre in penang my android ver is 2.3.6, kernel ver is se.infra@SEI-30 #2, baseband ver is DZKJ2, and my CSC is OLCKJ2 .. i’m asking only if this is a new firmware? or hve another update firmware for my phone? pls help…

    • there is new firmware for this phone for malaysia, which is DZKL3..and it is still 2.3.6..juz fix few bugs and proximity sensor compare to DZKJ2..

      • i’m from philippines working hre in penang,, nw my phone can’t boot in downloading mode i try hard reset no luck.. wt should i do yestarday i try update firmware from DZKJ2 to DZKL3, i use odin after click PDA and then the TAR file DZKL3 from superatmos then fail in zImage.. nw i’m worried to samsung service center that they cannot accept it bec. its already void the warranty.. btw i brought this phone only in january 2012.. pls give some advice jaycee… tnx..

          • they said that DZKL3 is the update firmware of DZKJ2 thats why i install it.. evrytime i install this updated firmware it hang then can’t even finish the process of the program.. what do you mean “issue to install official firmware with odin”? my original firmware is DZKJ2 when i bought it to the shop…

  22. hellow jay it me againt.. thank for ur replying regarding my problem my gadget.. jay i have another problem my galaxy s2g regarding my headset, beacouse only one can working, the one is u can hear nothing, the only one earplug can working, what is the problem my galaxy s2g or this headset,,

  23. hellow jy good evening,, what is different between andriod 2 3 6 and andriod 4 0 3.. and what is root, what faction the root to the phone,, and how to root my phone…

  24. Hi Jayce,

    May I ask you, because when I update my SGS2 G version from GB 2.3.6 to ICS 4.0.3 my RAM decreases by almost 200+ MB. I don’t know if it is natural or there’s something wrong with my update procedures.

  25. Dear Jacye,

    I have Samsung S2 (GT-19100G) and i live in Indonesia. I have a problem, my Phone can’t be used in My country because they can’t receive Signal from Indonesian Provider. Can you give advice for my Problem? Thanks

      • Hi Joyce,

        I have tried another SIM Card and still can’t receive signal. Maybe my problem is the Phone use ROM for Malaysia and its can’t work in my country? What should i do to fix the problem? Do you know what ROM is commonly used in Indonesia?



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