Feb 13 AT 4:40 PM Nick Gray 165 Comments

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S II

As expected, Samsung kicked off Mobile World Congress by announcing the new Samsung Galaxy S II. Like any true successor, the Galaxy S II delivers on all the expectations set by the original and raises the bar to a whole new level. The Samsung Galaxy S II comes equipped with a 4.27-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1GHz Dual Core application processor (most likely the Samsung made Exynos processor), 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and capable of 1080p video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing-camera, and NFC capabilities all bundled into a package that’s only 8.49mm thick. Last we checked, that makes the Samsung Galaxy S II the thinnest smartphone on the planet.

On the software side, the Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) coated with the new TouchWiz 4.0 UI. Samsung is also including a new Game Hub which they hope will give SONY’s Playstation Suite a run for its money.

Overall, it looks like Samsung has delivered exactly what was expected of them. The Samsung Galaxy S II will be one of the top players in 2011 and may turn out to be the best selling Android handset of the year. If you want the full list of specs, we suggest you take a peek at the press release below.

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Samsung announces the GALAXY S II, World’s thinnest Smartphone that Will Let You Experience More with Less

Global launch of Samsung’s most powerful smartphone delivers unmatched performance with a Dual-Core application processor and best-in-class viewing experience by Super AMOLED Plus display in sleek and lightweight design

BARCELONA, February 13, 2011 — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the Samsung GALAXY S II (Model: GT-I9100), a beautifully thin (8.49mm) and lightweight, dual-core smartphone that combines an unmatched viewing experience with incredible performance.

The Samsung GALAXY S II uses Androidâ„¢ 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the world’s fastest-growing mobile operating system. The next generation smartphone includes access to Samsung’s four new content and entertainment hubs, seamlessly integrated to provide instant access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services.

“In 2011, we will take Samsung’s leadership in Speed, Screen and Content to a whole new level,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “With the GALAXY S II, Samsung wants to set the new standard of quality viewing on mobile, powerful performance, and slim and modern design.”

“GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of GALAXY S. Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are proud to unveil the ultimate smartphone. Consumers no longer have to contain themselves — the Samsung GALAXY S II allows them to design their own smart lives.”

“We’re pleased to see Samsung bring another Android-powered device to market to help grow the Android ecosystem,” said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

Powerful Performance

Incorporating a dual-core application processor and advanced wireless network (HSPA+ 21) connectivity, the Samsung GALAXY S II has the speed and power to provide an unrivalled mobile performance. Dual-core application processor delivers compelling features such as fast web browsing, multi-tasking comparable to a PC-like environment, supreme graphics quality and instantly responsive 3D user interface on the large screen. The GALAXY S II also delivers seamless multitasking, switching between applications instantly. Superior 3D hardware performance makes games and video incredibly fast and smooth.

With super-fast HSPA+ connectivity, the GALAXY S II offers rapid mobile download speeds while BlueTooth® 3.0+HS considerably reduces data transfer times.

The Samsung GALAXY S II has been equipped with an 8MP, high-profile camera and camcorder with 1080p full HD recording and playback. With Samsung’s patented AllShare technology, customers can capture, create and then share their experiences hassle-free.

A Next Level of Viewing Experience

The Samsung GALAXY S II has been equipped with Samsung’s new crystal-clear Super AMOLED Plus screen, the most advanced mobile visual display ever created. Setting the standard of quality viewing on mobile, Super AMOLED Plus introduces the best in quality in color gamut, contrast ratio and edge sharpness. Using RealStripe screen technology and a greatly increased sub-pixel count, Super AMOLED Plus complements the mechanics of the human eye to recognize images look clearer and more detailed than ever before. With a wider viewing angle and increased visibility in outdoor, the Samsung GALAXY S II provides a more vibrant viewing experience than any other mobile devices.

Even with its unrivaled performance, the innovative Super AMOLED Plus display does not compromise battery performance. A significant reduction in power consumption from Super AMOLED display means it is also more energy-efficient than other comparably-sized devices, allowing Samsung to minimize device weight.

Samsung GALAXY S II Goes to Work

Samsung has introduced a new range of enterprise mobility solutions, expanding the business capabilities of the Samsung GALAXY S II and helping enterprise customers empower a flexible and connected mobile workforce. Samsung has partnered with IT industry leaders to offer the most relevant enterprise solutions to the Samsung GALAXY S II, working seamlessly on the Android Gingerbread platform and paying special attention to securing data and network. These solutions include enhanced conferencing and connectivity services from Cisco, the most comprehensive mobile implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and secure remote device management from Sybase.

A New World of Entertainment and Smarter Interaction

Samsung has selected the Samsung GALAXY S II as its premium mobile product with which to launch Samsung Hubs — integrated mobile applications designed to fit every element of your life. With Samsung Hubs, the Samsung GALAXY S II delivers rich catalogues of books and magazines, music, advanced mobile games and control of your online social life, all from a single device.

  • Social Hub Premium: The future of communication — talk to whoever you want, however you want, all from one place — your contact’s list. Communication history, IM status, and updates from social networking sites are all readily available. From here, users can access all types of messages (push e-mail, text, VM and SNS) and respond directly without resorting to individual applications. It truly acts as a hub for entire social life.
  • Readers Hub: Carry an enormous library of books, magazines and newspapers on-the-go. Through strategic partnerships, Samsung Readers Hub provides over 2.2 million books and novels, 2,000 global and local newspapers in 49 languages and 2,300 popular magazines in 22 languages.
  • Game Hub: The easiest way to download and play best-in-class mobile games. Featuring a 3-axis gyroscopic sensor, the Samsung GALAXY S II unleashes a world of gaming possibilities. Try for free and download premium titles from partners like Gameloft, or ‘enjoy Social Network Games (SNG) powered by mobage including ngmoco’s We Rule and We City’.
  • Music Hub: Make Samsung GALAXY S II a personal music manager and access over 12 million tracks from 7digital. Discover what’s hot from top charts, search for favorite music, get recommendations on albums, enjoy previews and download them directly to Samsung GALAXY S II.

The Samsung GALAXY S II gives customers more choice in personalizing their smartphone experience. New for the Samsung GALAXY S II, Samsung has introduced Live Panel, a service that aggregates live web and application contents to a single customizable home-screen. Customers can design the lay-out of their own Live Panel, online services and mobile apps to appear on-screen. SNS feeds, information and many more applications can all be embedded and accessed instantly through the magazine-like layout.

With the enhanced voice technology on the Samsung GALAXY S II, customers will be able to do more with less. From opening the app to controlling the messaging, social media, email and calling, Samsung Voice Solution will recognizes voice and convert it to text and vice versa. Customized Voice Translation application makes the Samsung GALAXY S II the perfect travel companion, translating voice or text into – and from – a range of languages: simply speak a word or phrase into the handset and it will instantly translate it, with audio and text output.

For swift and simple device management, Samsung has introduced Kies Air. With Kies air, consumers can manage their smartphone contents from their PC, via local WiFi connections. download photos taken on the built-in camera, listen to music, check missed calls and send messages in the web browser on their PC. For added connectivity, WiFi Direct allows consumers to connect to wireless-enabled PCs and printers without the need for wireless access points. According to market requirement, the GALAXY S II is able to incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to support emerging mobile payment service and other services with mobile operators.

The GALAXY S II is exhibited at Hall #8, Mobile World Congress 2011.
For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungunpacked.com/press.

Note to Editors:

Samsung GALAXY S II Product Specifications

  • Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA+ 21 850/900/1900/2100
  • OS:  Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Display: 4.27” WVGA (480×800) Super AMOLED Plus
  • Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core Application Processor
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8.0-Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash
    Front: 2.0-Mega Pixel Camera
    Single Shot, Beauty Shot, , Panorama Shot, Smile Shot, Action Shot, Cartoon Shot
  • Video: Codec : MPEG4/ H.264/ H.263/ DivX VC-1
    Playback : FULL HD(1080p)@30fps
    Recording : FULL HD(1080p)@30fps
  • Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eACC+
    3.5mm Ear Jack & Speaker, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Voice Recorder

Value-added Features

  • Android Marketâ„¢
  • Adobe Flash 10.1 support
  • Samsung TouchWiz
  • QuickType by SWYPE
  • Document Viewer / Editor
  • Android Brower, RSS Reader
  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • Google MapsTM with Latitude, Places, Navigation (beta)
  • A-GPS
  • Google Voice SearchTM
  • Lost Phone Management
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® technology v 3.0 + HS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 (a/b/g/n), WiFi Direct, NFC Connectivity (Optional), MHL, DLNA (AllShare)
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope sensor,
  • Memory: 16/32GB + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Size: 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm, 116g
  • Battery: 1650mAh

Enterprise Solutions

Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync — The comprehensive mobile implementation of Exchange ActiveSync, which provides the most policies and restrictions support among Android ActiveSync clients, along with e-mail, calendar, contacts and tasks synchronization with a Microsoft Exchange Server

On Device Encryption — A security solution that enables the protection of mobile data without the need to sacrifice speed and functionality. Superior performance can also be achieved when incorporated with Sybase Afaria Mobile Device Management and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, both of which complement the encryption support with their own mechanisms.

Cisco AnyConnect Virtual Private Network — provide reliable and easy-to-deploy encrypted network connectivity for mobile workers everywhere for business email, virtual desktop, and other Android apps, AnyConnect enables business-critical application connectivity

Sybase Afaria Mobile Device Management — provides the comprehensive capabilities that IT requires to allow mobile workers access to enterprise assets using the device of their choice. IT can now confidently extend corporate security policies to the Android platform, allowing for the adoption of both personally-owned or corporate owned Galaxy S II.

Cisco WebEx — the workforce will be able to stay connected to important meetings wherever they are while using Samsung Galaxy devices; users can view shared desktops, browsers, applications and documents with live annotations.

Cisco Mobile — a VoIP solutions allowing the workforce to make and receive calls over Wi-Fi using an Android interface, providing significant cost-efficiencies for an international workforce

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Stella

    The specs look amazing and it will be another hit for Samsung for sure. My problem as a Vibrant owner is I don’t trust them to update their software in a timely fashion. I’ll play the wait and see game with Samsung.

    • BiGMERF

      just think of the other galaxy s users who still dont have froyo. Least ya got it

      • http://Website Eric

        I have DarkysRom on my SGS 1… It’s fast, believe me.

    • http://Website UniqueNate

      like he said, “at least you got it.” I personally think it was the carriers. How else do you think there are leaked builds. Not from Samsung, but carriers.

      Anyways, I want this phone and I hope US doesn’t screw it up with design and taking away. If I had to root it, I would take aways what the carriers add and leave it at that. I’ll patiently wait. It’s this or the EVO 2 in a couple months.

    • http://Website Eric

      That’s why I plan on buying the international version. No carrier problems.

      • Nate B.

        If I wasn’t with Sprint I would by the international version as well. I’m not looking to switch carriers though. I know it’s a cycle to all carriers getting a beast phone.

      • http://Website Kevin

        I was thinking the same thing. TMO has the cheaper plans if you don’t have a subsidized phone.

        Based on the bands announced it looks like it could work with TMO. I also has the HSPA+ 21Mbps modem, which would make it one of the fastest phones on TMO.

        • http://www.fifthmissionmarketing.com Andrew

          You know it doesn’t really matter to me. I have the my touch 4g. Its just so slow. With all the skins and apps they put on it. I hate it, plus I live in this small town called Spanish Fork. We are still running edge network!!!! and even if I go to the bigger city net door they have 3g or HSPA that runs 3g speeds haha. I just want a Phone that doesn’t slow down based on the apps, and if i have 3g that loads you tube videos in a timely manner.

          • http://Website Poco Hauntus

            You must be retar(red). The MyTouch 4G is one of the best phones at the moment. It has 768MB of RAM for Apollos sake. There is no excuse for it to run so shitty for you unless you lack the mental capacity to root it and install a custom ROM as the gods intended. MySense, which I can safely assume, that you have kept for some arcane reason is mostly to blame included with your lack of education.

            Zeus bless the USA.


    • http://Website mkrmec

      It’s definitely the carriers fault that the updates are not out. Samsung had them ready for some time. Look at the european international i9000.. it had 2.2 for a loooongg time

      • http://Website Nate

        I don’t get why everyone is buying the story that its the carriers fault. If it was really the carriers fault and not Samsung then why did the evo get the update in 6 weeks? And why did the Droid x get it almost immediatelly? Hell the Droid 1 already has it. I really don’t get how people actually think its the carriers.

        • http://twitter.com/thebignoob Ryan F

          Maybe exclusivity contracts that carrier sign with Moto and HTC promising so much market time for 2.2 exclusivity, or maybe the fact that the rest of the world has had 2.2 for some time now on their galaxy S phones.

          Or maybe all the 2.2 leaked rom’s for US Carriers.

          I don’t know, I’m not a doctor.

        • http://Website mkrmec

          You explain why the international version has 2.2 and many other in USA don’t? The software is/was ready… they probably said to wait till 2.3 or whatever and now they are sitting on it again for 2.4 . Anyway nobody knows how the stupid carriers think. I just know that I will never buy a phone “made” by any carrier.

      • http://Website Guy Incognito

        Look, even if it is really the carriers fault (which seems unlikely and illogical), Samsung still dropped the ball by offering NO response to the thousands or irate customers. They have not communicated with us at all about the nature of the problem or what is being done about it.

        At they very least, they should point that ire towards the appropriate source, but what they should really have done is work with the carriers to get these phones updated ASAP.

        No matter whose fault is really is, Samsung failed on multiple levels.

  • http://Website Helena R.

    Looks really nice! and is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) cooL!

  • DPtheKid

    phone looks great but Ill stick with my Nexus unless I have money to buy one on ebay don’t trust samsung to much.

  • Galen20K

    well I think it looks nice, just wish they bumped up the resolution of the screen to complete with qHD phones coming soon. but have to say glad they added a Flash by default tho. lol

    • http://Website UniqueNate

      Did you really just say to compete with qhd?
      lmao Super Amoled Plus. That is all.

      • Galen20K

        yea, that’s not enough. they should be able to meet them at that resolution in “addition” to the Super Amoled Plus

        • http://Website Eric

          “qHD”. The Motorola phones are pentile matrix, meaning they don’t get near the full benifit of their resolution. The SAMOLED+ just ditched the pentile matrix ironically. Imho, that makes the SAMOLED+ a better screen.

          • Galen20K

            I wasn’t talking about Motorola phones.

          • http://Website mike

            WRONG pentile matrix is only for amoleds and the samoled not lcd’s like the QHD

          • http://Website Kevin

            I am afraid you are the one that is wrong. The Atrix has an LCD Pentile display. I agree it is strange, but that is what it is. Makes it look like looking at a display through a screen door.

        • Nate B.

          The pixels alone don’t mean anything. Samsung is all about quality. The quality of their screen is better then any screen out here for a mobile device. The res won’t mean anything until you can actually put more on the screen as apps and widgets. The only to benefit of more res as of now is you can see text clearer and a tad bit more shows on the screen when browsing. The Plus screen is the same if not more crisp( I’m sure it’s better) as any other top screen out here. You just won’t have more lines of text showing in articles you browse.

          Don’t get me wrong though, it would be cool to have a high res along with the plus of Sammy, but what good is it if the OS doesn’t take advantage to allow you to put more on the home screens? Think about it though. You have 3.7 to 4.3 screens and they all show the same on the home screen.

    • http://Website mkrmec

      No display at 4.3inches can compete with the Super AMOLED Plus… not even qHD or IPS on iPhone4. If you seen it live and compared it you wouldn’t be talking stupid things.

  • http://Website Nate

    not that I’m even remotely thinking about either of these, but how is Samsung gonna try to market the infuse now?

    • http://Website mkrmec

      Samsung doesn’t market them, the carriers do, they ordered them.

  • Prince77

    Samsung can do whatever they want and bring out whatever they want I still will not buy it. I do not have a lick of faith in them at all about any phone they come out with.

  • Battleship

    Very nice specs, but I really don’t care for the design. The home button especially is really…meh. Not my thing.

    Will it ever see 2.4? (Don’t answer that.)

    • ShyGuy

      i dont understand you guys winning about samsung not doing the upgrades fast enough. go on the internet, root your phone, load a custom rom, stfu n gtfo !

      • Battleship

        I rooted mine, but not everyone can or wants to and that’s really not the point anyway. That’s okay, though: you’re not required to understand why people are *whining* about it.

        • http://Website joe

          And they’re not required to actually to **gasp** learn something new ;).

    • Nate B.

      It’s the carriers my friend, not Sammy. If Sammy was done(which they have been done) do you think we would have the update by now? No, because then the carriers would have to do their tweaking next so it works with their stuff. Get past the updates and if you want to be upset about it, be upset at the right people.


  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I want

  • http://Website Ragflan

    Any word on the microSD slot? Checked all the big sites but no one mentioned it. Everyone’s busy talking about how thin and light it is.

    • http://Website Ragflan

      Yay! It’s listed here in Press Release. -.- okok I should checked a little more. My bad.

  • http://Website Lemon

    Jim! You’re not Mr Cold, you’re Mr Warm! You have the potential to live out your dreams!

  • http://Website JoshL

    Honestly, the design looks a lot like the iPhone (along with Touchwiz). I don’t trust Samsung, I don’t think they make quality products, and this design is not innovative. My preference is HTC.. but to each their own.

  • http://Website Meh

    as long as I can root it and install Cyanogenmod….

    • http://Website Kevin

      Don’t hold out for Cyanogen. Currently other mods exist for the Galaxy S line, but no one has taken up the torch to do the Galaxy S line yet, let alone the S2 line.

      • http://Website Kevin

        There should be an edit button.
        Sorry, a beta version for the Galaxy S line does exist. So maybe I jumped the gun on that one.

  • http://Website Martin

    Just stop WINING about any updates MAN !! Samsung updates frequently but you GUYS have to BLAME YOURE CARRIERS . They have to ad there BLOATWARE !

    IM so glad i live in EUROPE no complaints here about updating …

    Greetings from Holland!

    • http://Website Ragflan

      Right on! Stop whining about updates, seriously. Go badger your carriers. Galaxy S has had Froyo for months. Argh! Engadget trolls are slowly creeping up. The signal to noise ratio for comments is really bad here. Used to be a great community.

    • Nate B.

      I’m in the US and I know that! LOL. I never been upset with Sammy. Only the fact I wish I had this phone now lol. That’s not even a real reason. Lucky you. I assume you are getting this phone? I will to. Whenever the US variants are announced. I hope we Sprint keeps the sexy form factor and loses the keyboard. I want all touch buttons like the Infuse. Oh, and a soft touch back, I don’t like that material design. It’s not a big issue though.

      LOl! Just imagined Sprint hyping about being the first to have a 4.3 slider lol if they get this as a sequel. smh They hype about first is so funny. If anything you want to deliver on your first. Not just be the first.

  • qcom


    This or the Atrix?

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        • http://Website ivan

          Hell no the Atrix hands down. This crap has touchwiz and I’m 100% sure it will not be updated to the next version of Android for at least 6 months after the latest version is released. So yeah stay away from Samsuck.

          • http://Website mannt

            This. The Atrix has Moto’s shitty motoblur and they suck with updates too.

          • qcom

            I think I have to go with the Galaxy S II.

            2.3 over 2.2?
            TouchWiz over MotoBlur?
            4.27″ screen over 4″ screen?
            8MP rear camera vs 5MP rear camera
            1080p video capture vs 720p video capture
            Bluetooth 3.0 vs Bluetooth 2.1?

            I’m pretty sure this filthy beast will win.

            Only concern for me is the release date, and carrier!

          • http://Website mkrmec

            Shitty motoblur vs touchwiz.. i’m sorry but the new thouchwiz will win any day even if it’s not the best thing ever. That’s why we have launchers on android market…

  • http://Website Cometer

    As usual. Great specs and features. Than again no way I’ll waste money on top Samsung device.
    Its not worth wasting that amount of money knowing that Samsung doesn’t support their phones at all.
    It took more than half an year for the Galaxy S to go from 2.1 to 2.2. And there is no idea when 2.3 will come out on the Galaxy S, that is if it ever comes out. What this means for Galaxy S owners is that many applications will simply not run on their device.
    The competition will have equally great phones that will get proper support.
    Right now I’m just waiting for what HTC has in stores.

    • http://Website Martin

      @ Cometer

      Yeah go to HTC man Nexus 2.3 NOOOOOOOO… So stop wining to plse why dont you people call youre carriers customersservice and go yell at them
      . Plse think before you write!!!!

      • Nate B.

        I’m so happy the real fact is getting across :)

    • http://Website justit

      This is just not true.
      The updatepolicy isnt made by samsung.
      Here in Germany we have the update to froyo for the SGS1 since november last year.
      Blame the us-carriers for not updating the devices. its not samsungs fault!

      • Nate B.

        Speak the truth! Lol!

  • http://Website Martin

    Disrespecting the most advanced Phone maker . Pfff yeah i said it . This is soooo going to own the IPHONE 5 !

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  • http://Website Justin

    Any info on release date & carrier?

    *fingers crossed for Tmo!

    • Battleship

      According to this post, “the stock international Galaxy S 2 will come compatible with both the Canadian (Rogers, Bell, and Telus) and U.S. (only AT&T, sorry T-Mobile users!).”

      They had a model for all US carriers the first time around, though, so maybe it’ll land on T-Mobile, too.

      • http://Website Justin

        I’m waiting to see who comes to Tmo first: this or the HTC Pyramid
        I’ll be happy with either ;)

        I love my N1, but after 12 months, I am itching for something new!

  • http://Website hinds

    Americans whining about Samsung. When they should be whining to their carriers. I.e they love to whine lol

    • http://Website driver5614

      Seems really strange Sprint and HTC can get froyo but no samsung update seems like it isn’t the carrier now does it

      • Nate B.

        TouchWiz is all the same from Europe to the US and Europe has is and been had it. Oh, yea no bloatware. All we have is leaked builds. Sounds like carriers to me

      • http://Website fangorious

        The Froyo update for T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy S is available thru Kies. So blame Sprint.

  • http://Website Richard

    Another great…ANDROID DEVICE…NOT BAD SAMSUNG….But let’s keep things in prospective this is Mobile World Congress this may be one of the best devices right now as of today 2-13-2011…We all know that HTC will make there announcement here at MWC also then again at CTIA IN MARCH. At which time the HTC EVO 2 4G WILL BE ANNOUNCED….There is NO WAY THAT THIS WILL TOP THE HTC EVO 2 4G OR THE UPCOMING DROID INCREDIBLE 2, OR THE DROID X2, AS WELL AS THE HTC PYRAMID which will appear with t-mobile….It’s pretty clear that the devices due out in LATE MAY AND EARLY JUNE 2011 WILL BE THE BEST DEVICE FOR THE YEAR OF 2011…As a current htc evo 4g owner on sprint…I WILL WAIT TILL CTIA FOR MY BELOVED EVO 2. NOTHING WILL BEAT THAT DEVICE…It will be sprints FLAGSHIP DEVICE and it will come with 2.3 GINGERBREAD STRAIGHT OUT THE BOX….. Sprint has been great keeping us current evo owners happy since june 4th 2010….I look forward to future happiness ON SPRINT THE BEST CARRIER IN THE UNITED STATES.

    • http://Website Hans

      I would lol so hard if nothing big is announced for Sprint. Same if the new HTC devices don’t live up to the hype.

      • http://Website driver5614

        Wouldn’t worry to much about that samsung has blown it with thier poor customer service and no it’s not the carrier or the EVO would not have Froyo. Upgrading 5 phones this year and won’t be a samsung in the bunch all HTC best upgrades and customer support

        • http://Website Hans

          Then explain why Samsung has a great reputation internationally?

          Here’s a theory I have as to why the US Galaxy S phones took so long to update: the US carriers didn’t want to steal the thunder of their flagship phones(EVO, Droid series, MyTouch/G series, iPhone).

          • http://Website driver5614

            Can only say what i see on surveys might only be in U.S. but I have had my Galaxy since the day it was released last august and I paid more for it than any other phone being sold on Sprint and it still dosen’t have Froyo and no release date yet for millions of them in U.S.

          • http://Website Hans

            @driver: then blame Sprint and call them out on it.

    • http://Website Rizo

      Sprint is just awful… I agree with every other point though.

      • http://Website Richard


        • http://Website B2L

          Sounds like rizo really touched you in a bad place. Every post you make is the same, and every time I read one I lmfao.

    • http://Website cosmos

      Wanna use some more CAPS dude?

    • http://Website mkrmec

      Another dumbass that doesn’t know what he’s talking about…

    • http://twitter.com/thebignoob Ryan F

      That’s because historically Samsung has had the best SoC generation after generation?

      You can’t count the iPhone either, because they’re the same SoC.

      I’m still waiting to be wowed by Qualcomm’s 3D performance.

  • http://Website Clarence

    Oh okay… So now I get it…. The Samsung Infuse 4g is the same phone with 4G, a 4.5″ screen

    • http://Website Clarence

      To wait or not to wait… I guess that’s the question…

    • http://Website fangorious

      By 4G you mean LTE? The Galaxy S 2 has 21 mbps HSPA+, so I think that counts (at least according the ITU).

    • http://Website UniqueNate

      It was said it was scaled down to 4.3 or 4.27 to be exact.

  • http://Website helena

    It looks fat and ugly! Too big. Im getting the next iPhone!!!

    • Nate B.

      Fat? Thinnest phone ever. Ugly? Every other phone has the same look. iPhone? A bunch of hype and they add features that other phones have before them and call it magic, and where changing the game again. Sike. They play catchup. Great quality though, I have to admit that. What was your reason? Didn’t get that part.

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      What a dumbass…

    • http://Website Brain (required)

      <It looks fat and ugly! Too big. Im getting the next iPhone!!!<

      Thats what she said.

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    i love this phone give it to me wit tmobile 3g and hspa+ with ext4 or better filesystem and we got a winner

    • http://Website TruFactzâ„¢

      And there was Galaxy 4G.

  • Jeffroid

    So thin with such a big screen. any idea what’s the battery capacity?

    • Jeffroid

      Just saw the hands-on video on engadget and it says 1600mAh for battery

      • http://Website Bgood

        1650mAh. Don’t forget the 50!

  • http://Website cosmos

    Man, I was all set on the 2X until this….. damn you Samsung! Looks so epic, but then no HDMI? HDMI Mirroring looks such a killer (if unnecessary!) feature on the 2X I’d be sad face not to have it on the SGS2!

    • californiakidd1

      I believe it does. Just look at the first picture in the images of it.

      • http://Website cosmos

        I dunno… I see no cable so I presume they are pushing DLNA, which is cool n all but not many people have DLNA compatible TV’s right now – HDMI is where it’s at right now

        • californiakidd1

          Very true. I was only thinking of Wireless connection.

    • http://Website mkrmec

      it has some wireless thing in it most definitely. I like it better this way. Who likes cables anyway. IF you don’t have a TV that supports, buy it or get some adapter. We will see what Samsung has in store.

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    Yeah Super AMOLED plus, but it is still WVGA, so thats gay.

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    i love samsung galaxy series, i love also this phone. i have a galaxy phone and it’s features is too good and it’s camera clarity is niceeeee and still it’s working properly without any complaints.

  • http://Website Raptor

    Nick, if you’re in Barcelona, take a macro shot of samoled+ matrix.
    Last Jan no one even tried to make close shot fooling Samsung representative girls who did not allow to touch the phone.

    The guy from Samsung told month ago that new samoled+ matrix has 50% more subpixels.

    50% could be tricky math number. It could mean they still have pentile matrix with increased red or blue subpixel count but not both.

    Before they had RGB counts like that: R(QVGA)+G(VGA)+B(QVGA)
    Now seems they have R(VGA)+G(VGA)+B(QVGA).
    That gives samoled+ 50% more subpixels then in older one.

    But if they say “old matrix has 50% less subpixel count then new one” then things are different and samoled+ is truly R(VGA)+G(VGA)+B(VGA)

    Do the math

  • http://Website bimeri

    Super AMOLED plus increases the number of sub-pixels by 50 percent — this means twelve sub-pixels instead of eight. That means that SGS 2 has 1200×800. Am i right?

    • http://Website Derek

      No, you are most certainly wrong. The current number of subpixels is two. One red and one green, or either one green and one blue, depending on where you are on the screen. Its called pentile matrix. Each pixel on the screen only contains two subpixels. Where an LCD contains three, a red a green and a blue for each pixel. The S-Amoled plus just takes the subpixel count from two to three, putting it on par with LCD.

      • http://Website Martin

        They dropped the Pentile Matrix .. They have the RGB Matrix now way better !!!

  • http://Website ANNNDDYY

    Based-on the Hands-on videos of Galaxy S II, it looks like GSII has RFS file system… sooo laggy….wtf samsung” Don’t contain yourself “????my ass…… they just contained the potentials in the crappy RFS system……

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    That’s a pretty nice looking phone. The trackpad kills it for me though.

    • http://Website lolol

      that’s just a big a$$ home button

      • http://Website Paul Atreides

        lol well that’s even worst than I thought!

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    Will the GPS work on this phone? Will they every update the software??

    Nice hardware specs, but I’ll pass. Samsung has lost me as a customer forever with their Captivate debacle.

    • http://Website watbetch

      It should be AT&T you’re upset with.. you know since the Rogers Captivate (same exact phone) has had 2.2 for about 2 months now..

    • DavidM

      me too, that F*ing GPS refuses to work, although AT&T recently teased 2.2 on the Captivate, with rumors of a March rollout to coincided with the Atrix launch

  • http://Website matthew

    I don’t understand.. why is there no HDMI connection!! ?

    • http://Website mkrmec

      I think it has some wireless thing and you don’t need the HDMI out.

  • http://Website Alan

    Theres a 4.3 inch screen to hide everything behind and theres still an assload of bezel. If they used capacitive butttons and put less space around the speaker, they could’ve used a 4.5 inch screen. Why is it that only htc does this?

    • http://Website UniqueNate

      Assload of bezel? Are you serious. HTC is the one who has that black bezel outside the screen of every phone then they have the body. They have the most bezel. Samsung cleans that up nice. They know what they’re doing. The infuse has a 4.5 screen. I’m assuming they wanted to scale it down some. Sounds like your crying about it honestly.

  • http://Website watbetch

    I have a T-Mobile Vibrant and I don’t care, I want the Galaxy S II 4G on T-Mobile!

    I love Samsung’s music player/DAC, video playback, SuperAMOLED+ display, 21Mbps+ modem, excellent TouchWiz camera software, decent speakerphone, thin profile.. all of that good shit. I like TouchWiz. It’s the little things that matter like the Music player/Active Call dock in the notifications panel. Samsung’s chips seem to age well too.

  • http://Website Ryan

    Wow people, T-Mobile took the blame for Froyo being released so late. Guess what, none of the other US Galaxy S’s have Froyo, but the Vibrant does. It’s obvious that the hold up on updates are US carriers.

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  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    The people can whine, bitch, moan, stomp their feet or whatever way they want to show their frustration. It’s called freedom of speech. Regardless of who is responsible for updates of the Galaxy S devices, I won’t blame people for wanting to stay away or suggest others do as well. If their not being updated in the U.S. fast enough for the consumers, then they have every right to keep their dollars away from Samsung and state it to the world. Here’s a smart idea if you’re skin isn’t thick enough for the complaints, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS!

    • http://Website freefrag

      Complain where it matters you moron. If you’re unhappy with updates, complain to your carrier or to Samsung. You’re no better than the iPhone trolls who support it on a post that has nothing to do with it. You’re actually making up your mind on whether Samsung will support the Galaxy S2 even before it is released which makes you a complete moron because your comments are not but speculative. Keep them to yourself and get a life.

      And you’re a stupid asswipe for blaming Samsung for not providing updates when the same device overseas has had the said update for a long ass time now. Blame where you’re living or the carrier you’re using.

      • http://Website Paul Atreides

        They don’t have to blame Samsung true, but they don’t have to buy it either or recommend someone else does. “Complain where it matters” really? I guess it doesn’t matter here where people discuss Android products on end and sometimes look for guidance. I’m sure many have complained to customer service only to sit on their hands for months on end. To all the unhappy Galaxy owners, I understand. You sir are the moron, they still don’t have froyo and glitches so they can keep beating the horse, it’s not quite dead yet.

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    XD! This community is so fickle. We went from bashing Samsung to protecting them in what seems like a few weeks. Does everyone actually believe that Samsung had no part in not updating their Galaxy S phones? Really?

    • http://Website Hans

      The carriers are mostly responsible. Sure, Samsung has some say, but carriers have the final say. Plus, who includes the bloatware? ;)

    • DavidM

      I know, and know everyone is HTC bashing because.. NO DUAL CORE WAAAAAAGGGGHHHHH!!!

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    Phone looks great. I have to say though those adverts are terrible.

  • http://Website Mike Hunt

    Listen fags:
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    My class gets the new iPhone5

    • http://Website mkrmec

      hellow mr. I’m 10 years old… the new iPhone 5 will probably go with at least 4″ display this time.. so please don’t be a smartass and go suck on a titty.

  • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com Dave

    Off subject, but Jim is HOT! Galaxy S II looks nice. But, I gotta (am) getting my phone’s retail price, & I know this’ll probably be like $600+ off contract or unlocked. So, I’ll stick to a Nexus S or a Samsung Sidekick 4G (if it’s affordable & sold @ Best Buy).

    • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com Dave

      They know good & well a grandma (especially at that age) would not be using no dang Samsung Galaxy S II, let alone know how to use or operate it in the 1st place. Come on nah…. it ain’t that user friendly.

  • stylecrate

    This will be the perfect phone if it gets a search key and wireless charging
    and… a nexus badge so it can have updates managed by google

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    Specs look good but no thanks. My first android phone was a Samsung Moment, aka POS. It had a host of problems including the lack of updates or even patches. It also had a GPS issue. Meanwhile I’ve been plugging along with an HTC Hero, yeah its old but its running Android 2.3 now. All the while, I’ve read about GPS issues with some of the v1 Galaxy S phones and can’t see how a carrier would sell anything with Android 2.1 on it. No thanks, I think Samsung makes good TVs but I’ll stick with HTC.

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    OK, its been 3 days already. Can I buy it YET???!?!?

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      March 4th ive read somewehere, not sure though.

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    but I still thinking Samsung needs to make a great phone and stick to it as apple did.

  • http://Website Richi V

    For those of you looking for a release date get ready to be pumped up.

    Wednesday February 23rd is the release date for this phone.

    Leaving Sprint this week because this phone is very nice.

    I had an opportunity to use the phone and I must say this is a very nice phone and everyone will be pleasantly surprised.

    I find it funny that everyone keeps complaining about Samsung and updates. All you have to do is root it and your problem is solved

    Great thing about this phone is it will come with the latest OS for Android- Gingerbread

    Just two my cents

  • http://Website days

    Galaxy S II, has really nice specs, gotta love the big screen, front face camera, dual processor, video @ 1080p. Only down fall is that “if you live in the states you may not get an upgrade”, US carriers wont pay fee to samsung for feature update. Read more about it here: http://www.phonenews.com/samsung-forcing-us-carriers-to-pay-for-android-froyo-on-galaxy-s-15151/#more-15151
    Makes me kinda sad… but oh well… if i do get it, will probably be rooted and rom when future updates are available.

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