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)


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 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.


  1. Via LA Gadgets Examiner

Via: Phandroid

Source: BGR

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  • http://whysoangrybirds.com mikeyDroid

    As an OG Droid owner who’s been waiting for an SGS2 (or Bionic), this would have been killer on Verizon… Would love a flagship phone while still keeping my keyboard. But I already hear a ton of rumbling from AT&Ters not wanting a keyboard =/

  • okkar

    SGS2 with a keyboard will be a natural successor to the G2/Desire Z! But I doubt it will ever come to Asia/Europe with proper bands. =(

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Sree_Ganesh Sree_Ganesh

      Hope it also arrives in India with a slide out Qwerty . Why is it so difficult for manufacturers to get a flagship slide out QWERTY out

  • aj

    Well i too was many of the OG droid owners(bought droid x off craigslist so still have my upgrade available) although i like physical keyboards i found myself more so using the on screen keyboard probably 80 percent of the time(swiftykey) and the hardware one the other 20%. So IMO i really hope they stick to the original form factor the one that has been receiving so much praise from practically every blog and website. Plus is it just me or could that thing be confused for an iphone? Im sorry but it just does. I dont know if att requested to confuse people into thinking its an Iphone 4 or 5 or lie to them and say its an iphone with a keyboard but besides the keyboard and capacitve buttons it looks like an iphone.Anyone agree or disagree?

    • stondec

      I think it’s only you. It doesn’t look anything like the iPhone to me.

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  • Mike

    Damn. I have been wating patiently for this device as my first Android and really looked forward to dumping my BB. I wanted the slim form factor and touch screen. This is a real dissapointment and will cause me to re-think my decision to buy this phone.

    • jax

      seriously why couldn’t they offer a keyboard and slim version. I’m not a huge fan of keyboards on phones, specially that size

  • Wilson Lara

    How much would this cost off-contract?

  • Lox

    Please an european version! ME want such a powerfull pro device!

  • LukeT32

    I would love to see this phone come to Verizon… time to ditch the OG Droid.

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Check the update! Verizon’s variant might not have a keyboard, though…

  • droid4life

    fyi – word is out Nexus Prime w/ICS made by Samsung is heading to Big V in October. . .just saying. .

    • Drew

      What “word” would that be?

  • aj

    OHHHHHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHHHHH IM ON VERIZON AND CANT WAIT!!!!!! WOOT WOOT. I hope verizon beats att to the punch. I hope it does not change the form factor. And finally I so so so so Hope it is 4g LTE. I await patiently for more updates

    • NuLL.n.VoiD

      You’re the first one that asked the bigger question. If this shows up on Big Red, will it be LTE compatible. The Droid 3 would have been a natural for this but few will take that plunge on that one without the LTE. My OG Droid is still kickin’ butt and takin’ names but my renewal is ready and I was holding out for the Bionic. If this is an LTE phone, I may just move over to this one.

  • Tran Lang

    I’ll definitely get one once it hits T-mobile on the first day. I’ve dreamed of it since it was born.

    • cvette83

      Me too! I’ve been psyched for this phone since it came out overseas. However, I’m hoping that the T-Mobile variant is without a physical keyboard. I haven’t had one since the G1 and I’ve adjusted to life without one very well. Could potentially be a deal-breaker for me.

  • joshi

    Looks nothing like the previously leaked images: http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/11/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-for-atandt-ratted-out-by-its-own-hdmi-dock/
    Whats everyones thoughts?

    • http://www.lament.us lament

      Looks like the AT&T logo is shopped on there..

  • Nathan

    well it about time but it might be a little to late dont you think.

  • thaghost

    Not a keyboard fan. Not a touchwiz fan but may suck it up and get this.

    A friendly reminder: this phone is not a contender, it is the champ.

  • SliestDragon

    I have gotten over wanting a keyboard on a device myself, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a great thing. I know my sister would rather have a physical keyboard on a phone, so this may be good for her.

  • Paul

    Holy Crap! The ONE thing I was concerned about when I got the Galaxy SII was the fact that it didn’t have a keyboard. My phones have always had a keyboard but the SGS2 was too sweet and I thought I’d have to compromise my keyboard but now this! And it’s thinner than any other keyboard phone. AWESOME. I can’t wait. I’m so owning this.

  • Jacqueline Mundell

    Don’t want a keyboard, not fond of Verizon, but definitely want that phone!

  • sylar

    No keep that keyboard away from me. I always get dust in them from my work and just being in my pocket and then the keyboard breaks and either gets stuck or just stops working.

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  • mark joseph

    I find the slide out keyboard a very great help I can’t wait for sprint to get this in a gallaxey 2 …thank you jesus life is great!!!

  • mark joseph

    Gallaxy2 slide out keyboard is long over due I can’t wait for sprint to put this one out ..thank you jesus life is great!!!

  • mark joseph

    I can’t wait for sprint to get the gallaxy 2 with the slide out keyboard this is long over due …thank you jesus life is great!!!