Jul 20 AT 11:29 AM Alberto Vildosola 27 Comments

Samsung: Galaxy S II will finally arrive in the US next month

Could it be? I can’t believe it. We’ve been following the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S II on US shores for a while now. But time after time, we were disappointed to see the device become available everywhere but here. Europeans and Asians have been able to buy the Galaxy S II for some time, even Canadians and aliens are allowed to get their hands on this phone. But not us. Apparently, Samsung has us on some kind of timeout. But that’s about to change.

Top Samsung executive, Shin Jong-Kyun, told reporters recently that “we expect to release the Galaxy S II in the US market sometime in August.” Hallelujah! That’s less than two weeks away. This fits perfectly with those rumors we heard about the Galaxy S II launching on Sprint in the third quarter.

If you have some doubts about making the Galaxy S II your best buddy, you can read our epic showdown between Samsung’s flagship phone and the HTC Sensation. And you can also feast your eyes on the following specs:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Hurray for latest version of Android)
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with a 480 x 800 pixels resolution
  • 1.2 GHz Dual-core XMM6260 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal memory
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash
  • 1080p video recording
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi Direct support
  • NFC chip
  • 1650 mAh battery

I can’t think of a single thing that would make this phone better. Except adding some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness to it, of course. It’s truly a shame we had to wait this long. But while you wait for these last few long weeks to go by, entertain yourself with this 12-minute long video of pure Galaxy S II awesomeness.

Via: TechCrunch

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website Tim

    So is Sprint the only one getting it as of now?

    • http://Website snowbdr89

      If you trust phonearena then yes, sprint and verizon both have had the sgII on phonearenas upcoming phones for about a month.

  • http://Website Ryan

    I can verify T-Mobile is getting this. Can’t tell you how I can verify this, you’ll just to trust me and see for yourself when the announcement is made.

    • http://Website Tim

      Do you know if that would be the same time frame or later in the year?

    • http://Website BlakeMoo

      I hope you’re right! and how do you REALLY know it’s true (feel free to elaborate >>>>blakemumaw@gmail) I almost had my cousin (who is in france) send me one. She’s an iOS fan girl and she got one. Hows that for a total move in the right direction!

      • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

        It was in short supply for a while in HK. People actually made profits by selling theirs.

  • http://Website binary

    Belive me guys, its worth the wait!

  • Nate B.

    According to Taylor’s tweet, all four carriers will be getting this. He said Sammy and Verizon were having issues because Big Red wanted it to be branded as a Droid..

    If you think about it though, the original Galaxy S phones were out in August. I understand they were suppose to come out earlier this year, but the rumors and issues they had delayed them I guess.

    If this would of came out a lot earlier I would of got this instead of the Nexus S 4g and then got the Nexus 3. I’ve had the Nexus S 4g for a while now and rooted and what not. Now I will wait for the Nexus 3.

    • http://Website ctk

      t-mo’s sgs device came out june 15, 2010. i don’t know when the other devices came out, but i do believe att’s phone came out sometime in july.

  • http://Website phillies1again

    any chance they improve any of the specs for the U.S launch?

    • http://Website Drew

      What is there to improve other than 4G LTE?

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    If this offers a better 4G hotspot experience, may trade my EVO 3D for this. I’m doubtful about the new Touchwiz being better than Sense 3.0 however.

    • http://Website Tim

      That’s the one thing keeping me leaning towards something like the Sensation. Sense just seems much better than Touchwiz.

  • http://Website BlakeMoo

    OMG this is music to my boner…. errr ears. I almost got the sensation yesterday. Thank god for spending that money on a new tire yesterday. Woooo Hoooo… Vibrant, it was nice knowing you.

    • http://Website TWiT Commander

      How does this affect your boner?

      1. 16GB internal memory, not 32GB
      2. No NFC built-in. Samsung said they prefer the NFC-on-µSD card approach for devices outside Japan/South Korea.

  • SGB101

    touch wiz :-(

  • http://None.com Kai99

    That thing LOOKS like a giant “Samsung Instinct” to me…

  • http://Website Edward

    I wonder if the Samsung Galaxy S II that we all assume will launch in the USA in August will come with the full specs you indicate; specially 32 GB and NFC chip built-in.

    Many of the SGS2 that are sold overseas, like in Europe and Mexico do NOT have the NFC chip and also, may of them do not have the Samsung exynos cpu, they come with 16 GB of memory.

    If, this comes to market in the USA as you describe it, I’llget it asap (just need the AT&T 3G frequencies version).

    Cheers.

  • http://Website Cheeto

    This phone gives me a BONER! I will be sure to pick up this phone but I hope the rumors are wrong and they stay with the same processor. Coming from a rooted EVO I just hope there is as much hacker support for this phone as there is for higher end htc phones. Hopefully mik g which is my favorite rom or someone as capable comes out with a rom that mirrors touch wiz to make the experience better.

  • http://Website Chris

    Can’t think of anything to make this phone better? How about qHD screen? I’ll take qHD screen over AMOLED. It would be even better if the screen was 4.5″ qHD.

  • http://Website Dave

    “I can’t think of single thing that would make this phone better.”

    2 things :)

    4G

    Can turn TouchWiz off

  • http://Website vikm

    We got the SII but still no Tab here in Germany :(

  • http://Website 125

    this phone is obsolete

  • kwills88

    I got a g1..any other phone out right now is superphone for someone like me..so i am tired of waiting i just want this phone already.

  • http://Website of

    I sure hope so! And ATT better get the Attain variant right. I.e., no random reboots like the S1 Captivate. The only thing making not get that stupid phone in the first place.

    If not, then its a LONG wait for the HTC Holiday some time next year. *If* it ever comes out.

  • http://Website CactusCat

    Nice video. While I can’t wait to get one of my grubby paws on one of these bad boys, a thought just crossed my mind. This is way too complicated for Apple users. All those neat available options would just confuse them and they wouldn’t get their “experience”. Come on Sammy, get em here soon….

  • http://www.techowiz.com Fayyaz

    One of the best phones Samsung ever produced. Super efficient performance. Highly friendly user interface. I am afraid this model might give tough time to current and upcoming iPhone models. Desperately waiting this model to arrive in our part of the world. Watch video of this sleek phone and more details on http://www.techowiz.com/2011/07/22/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-finally-arriving-in-the-us-next-month/