Jul 26 AT 12:15 PM Edgar Cervantes 31 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S II with slide-out physical keyboard coming to AT&T (Updated: Not the Galaxy S II after all / Verizon’s version coming too)

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It’s been almost 3 months since the Samsung Galaxy S II was released in South Korea. Though this has been one of the most anticipated devices of the year and has been popping up all over the world, the US remains an exception. In the midst of rage and fury from North American techies, there shines a little spark of hope:  leaked images of the Galaxy S II variant for AT&T.

We know it’s hard to believe the phone is just around the corner. But Samsung did mention the Galaxy S II would be here next month (August). We discussed this device yesterday, but now BGR has managed to get more details about the device–and photographic evidence. One of the images shows this as the model SGH-I927, the Samsung device everybody has been waiting for. The images also show the device comes with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and an 8 MP camera. And with a Quadrant score above 3000 and 58.5 MFLOPS on Linpack, this device is definitely a contender.

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It’s definitely interesting that AT&T’s Galaxy S II will come with a QWERTY keyboard. This should be great for physical keyboard fans; however, those who value aesthetics would probably want the thinner body. But as BGR mentions, the device is still quite slim compared to other physical slide-out keyboard smartphones.

There it is, guys! We finally know something about a US Samsung Galaxy S II, and we should be getting this bad boy soon. All we need to do now is wait for it to be announced and released! Other carriers should get their stuff together soon. What do you guys think? Like the idea of the slide-out keyboard, or do you prefer the “black slab” form-factor? Liking those benchmarks?

Update/Rumor: Verizon to be the first U.S. carrier to offer Samsung Galaxy S II[1]

According to Los Angeles industry analyst Paul Mueller, Verizon is also getting its Samsung Galaxy S II variant soon. Actually, he mentions Verizon will be the first U.S. carrier to release this highly anticipated device.

I’m not sure about the exact date, but I’ve been told that August 12 is a possibility. It will arrive first on Verizon and then the rest of the carriers within a month. Samsung will market this directly against the iPhone 5.Paul MuellerLos Angeles Industry analyst

As it has been rumored before, it seems the device will be called the Samsung Function. It will come with all the specs we’ve already been expecting (a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera and that beautiful Super AMOLED Plus display).

Let’s wait and see which carrier gets it out there first. Some who commented on this article are on Verizon, so you should be happy to see this update! What do you guys think? Will Verizon get the Samsung Galaxy S II before AT&T? If so, where are our leaked images?! Make it happen, Mr. Blurrycam!

Update: This device is not the Samsung Galaxy S II [2.Via BGR]

It is always sad when your hopes are put down, isn’t it? It seems like the Samsung Galaxy S II variant for AT&T will not be this bad boy. According to BGR, their sources indicate that the code SGH-i927 seems to be recycled, and Samsung is using it for test models. Also, the kernel code 2.6.36.3 seems to belong to Honeycomb devices. This is quite confusing, and we do not know what the deal with Samsung (or this device) is.

You should still expect Samsung Galaxy S II devices to show up relatively soon, though (hopefully!). In either case, you might want to consider this device if/when it comes to AT&T. It will surely be a good option for keyboard lovers.

References

  1. Via LA Gadgets Examiner

Via: Phandroid

Source: BGR

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