Jul 26 AT 4:02 PM Clark Wimberly 50 Comments

Keep watch for the next generation Galaxy S


One of the great things about running this site is all the mysterious packages that end up on my doorstep. More often than I’d like to admit, I return home to find a shiny new toy waiting for me. Today, Samsung literally took it to the next step: sending me an actual toy.

Inside a rigid, plain black box labeled Samsung Galaxy S II, I found not a phone, but a chrome telescope. We were trying to figure out if this was even worth a post, but since we hadn’t seen it anywhere else we figured we’d throw it up here and see if the internet super-sleuths can make any sense of it.

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All that was included was the telescope (engraved with the logo), a stand, and a card with some simple instructions. Looking through the lens provides some decent magnification but no hidden clue or anything seems to be lurking inside.

It sure was in a nice, non-production box though. I’ll admit I really had my hopes up as I slid the cover off.

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Now I’m left asking, what does all of this mean?!

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • Mfg68

    No hidden meaning. Samsung is just saying use this telescope to watch out for the next “Galaxy” S. You use a telescope to view the galaxy.

    • pat watters

      clever, tho

      • Cwalden21

        Yeah no doubt! Sammy straight up trolled us all with this one haha

  • EggoEspada

    Oh snap, it’s coming.

  • http://whysoangrybirds.com mikeyDroid

    Send it here, that thing is awesome. Super clean packaging too. :D

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    Maybe it’s Samsung’s way of saying that this is that we’ll only get to see the GalaxyS II from far away – never in person.

    • ebehzi

      Lol…that’s a good one!

  • Drew

    I’m not sure what’s confusing about this: The SGS 2 is coming!

    • Joshua

      Agreed. Seems pretty clear to me. Very Excited tho, It’s going to be between this or the Droid Bionic for me… Or I’ll just be really patient and wait for the next Nexus

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      We were just teasing a bit because even for a promotional item it still seems a bit extreme. I think it was really the box that got me, haha.

      • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

        Also the metal was just the right weight to give the box some heft.

        • http://www.brainhandles.com Greg

          When “Red Dragon” was coming out, I got a copy of “The Joy of Cooking” autographed by Hannibal Lector.

          Probably my favorite piece of promotional SWAG from my IMDb days… my Ron Burgundy bobblehead.

  • paul

    Or are they saying the Samsung Galaxy S II is so far away you need a telescope to see it coming.!!!

  • Chris

    Looking glass? It’s a telescope. Looking glass is a mirror. English is not my native language and even I know that.

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Haha wow. Rushing to get the post up + staying up til 5am last night launching the new build = way off on that one.

      • http://www.nexsoftware.net Justin Shapcott

        We all know you meant spyglass, don’t worry.

  • thaghost

    It means that they are sending you guys units to review so be on the lookout. Can I have one?


    mid week giveaway ?!!!

  • noriega713

    Looks like we have to be in a look out…lol

  • Ryan

    This is clearly an attachment designed for the Vibrant. It allows the phone to find the satellites easier to improve GPS functionality.

    • BiGMERF

      LMFAO !

    • http://dylandersen.me/ Dylan Andersen

      Best post I’ve seen all day / week.

    • HipHopIsLyfe37

      haha, that a good one

  • SliestDragon

    Looks like someone at Samsung has a sense of humor. Cool little trinket though. :)

  • http://dylandersen.me/ Dylan Andersen

    Straight trolled by Samsung.

  • Peter

    Duh, surely a Retina Display, you can look under a telescope and it still looks good.

  • cary328is

    Silly antics. Samsung trying to start the hype but would rather resort to trinkets and a card rather than a solid release date. I would think the telescope was to see the SGS2 launched into space back in 7/15 but that’s old news.

    Send it back LOL

  • http://www.thatboyjay.com Robot Human

    BC it’s like looking through a telescope and seeing a galaxy. But do galaxy’s come? It’d make more sense if the phone was called the Samsung Asteroid. Lol.

  • theetrueyoshi

    I think its a cool teaser. I’m curious, does this mini Telescope work? Btw Ryan that was a freaking 1337 comment!!! I was Rolling!

  • CanadianBell

    Canadians have it normally we get everything last?? Why don’t you guys down south have it?


  • Interpol91

    That telescope is Epic! What a great way to merge two things I love: Samsung and astronomy. SGSII in the horizon!!

  • Interpol91

    That telescope is Epic! What a great way to merge two things I love: Samsung and astronomy. SGSII in the horizon!!

  • Mr Guzz

    Dude…..Where is my phone ?

  • Tran Lang

    Samsung clearly tells us to watch out for their device, the Galaxy S 2, competes with other phones in the U.S., specifically the iPhone 5. We will look out for many things that will happen between the 2 big names ===> Galaxy S 2 vs iPhone 5.

  • sylar

    What they are saying is that you should look at other planets because they will be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 2 before the United States does.

  • Ontoprecords

    Look to the skies for Hercules.! He is coming soon….. Holy Crap … I hope he is. I want a new phone. Let’s go Sammy!!

  • ZEROleaf

    It’s obvious It means the Galaxy S2 Is coming here in the states. Would of been useful if they sent it before Shin Jong-kyun let everyone know.

  • Goofy

    I’m using that neat little telescope to look for my OTA Samsung Galaxy S update to Gingerbread. Where is it? I better change telescopes!

  • aj

    Well maybe they are sending you one just building your anticipation for it? Or maybe samsung has a more comical/cynical side and did troll you. Maybe you need to look around your house with the telescope or look to the sky for the SGS II in space.

  • Mr Guzz

    Samsung Galaxy S II with WiMAX stops by the FCC on its way to Sprint…..3 to 4 weeks at the Store (by the end of August )

  • Ulrik Borg

    You DO remember they sent a SGS2 into space recently.
    And, holy cow, I love my SGS2 (even if it’s without NFC). I’ve become somewhat a-social because I can’t stop… touching… it… :p
    It’s just totally awesome in every way but one: I hate that everyone thinks I have an Iphoney. Samsung should trust in their phones and take a hint or two from HTC.
    Gonna get myself the 10.1 tablet once we get the black edition on a decent carrier. The wait is unbearable.

  • Louis

    That’s good news. That means they actually are or try to go out there and find out what people actually want.

    Hey Samsung if you’re listening, be the industry first (at least to the best of my knowledge) to make a tablet with an HDMI IN, yes IN, not just HDMI out, do IN & OUT!!

  • Goose

    I must say, it’s pretty slick marketing ploy…play with our emotions just long enough to keep us on our toy but at the same time drive our anticipation a muck!

  • Tiuri

    Neat and effective marketing tool!

  • Meh

    Did the telescope have a QWERTY keyboard?

  • Peter

    WHAT!!! thats aweosme!! i want one!!

  • xresco

    I think SAMSUNG is trying to tell U “Use this telescope and try to see the pixels of our new phone” I think they are going to use retna display technology (or other technologies that makes the phones pixel density more that the iphone 4)

  • Geary

    Does it magnify enough to show some secret tiny print on the package or card with a release date?

  • http://generationxs penny

    the tiny telescope HOW CUTE. where can i get one??????????????

  • curtisas

    Can I get one of these anywhere? I really want one, it looks really cool!

    Can you like email Samsung for us and tell them to produce them for us to buy?