Its the day we’ve all been waiting for – well, the day us techy nerds have been waiting for at least. At an exclusive press event last night in New York City, Samsung announced the U.S. launch of their newest smartphone, the Galaxy S II. This powerhouse will be available shortly on this side of the pond for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, but not for big red. Why Verizon has been left out is unclear, but they are said to be prepping more high end android phones for release in the future.
Each GSII variant will be running Gingerbread on Super AMOLED with the display sizes being slightly different. AT&T’s version will pack a 4.3in display, while Sprint and T-Mobile both opted for a larger 4.5in screen. If you’ve been keeping up with the rumored specs, there’s no big surprises here: 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB internal storage, 4G capable and an 8 megapixel camera for each one.
Sprint will be the first to release the GSII on September 16th at $199, while AT&T and T-Mobile both remain tight lipped about their release dates. T-Mobile’s release may also be delayed amidst rumors of 4G network performance. The Exynos processor that is fueling these beasts is said to top out at 21Mbps speeds on the HSPA+ side and T-Mobile has been rumored to want to push the limits up to 42Mbps. In order to do this, Samsung would have to abandon their own Exynos proc and modem chipset in favor of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and chipset capable of handling those blazing fast 42Mbps speeds. While none of this has been confirmed we’re hoping that this is the reason for the delay as we’d like to do some network tests of our own at the proposed 42Mbps.
If you’re on Sprint and get the phone early, let us know. However if you’re on the GSM side of things, as we are, you’ll have to wait until “fall” to get your hands on quite possibly the best smartphone out there.