Aug 28 AT 2:03 PM Taylor Wimberly 30 Comments

Samsung reveals Galaxy S II LTE before it announces the regular US versions this week

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE

This weekend Hurricane Irene blew the Galaxy S II unveiling in New York back to Tuesday. Many Android fans are excited about the phone coming to AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, but Verizon fans should have the most to look forward to. Samsung plants to announce an upgraded Galaxy S II LTE at IFA next week in Berlin.

Samsung just sent out a Korean press release to announce that 4G LTE was coming to their new flagship devices, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9. The hardware specs match those that were leaked this week and reveal a couple nice pictures of the devices.

The Galaxy S II LTE tops the original version with a larger 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, faster dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, higher capacity 1850 mAh battery, support for NFC and the world’s first LTE/WCDMA/GSM multi-mode radio. We don’t know which processor is inside the Galaxy S II LTE, but the speeds match up with the 1.5 GHz OMAP4460 that Samsung is rumored to be using in the upcoming Nexus 3.

One way or another, it appears likely that Verizon customers should see this upgraded Samsung LTE handset soon. It could be marketed under the Nexus 3, Galaxy or Droid branding.

Which version do you hope comes to Verizon? Would you be happy if this hardware becomes the Nexus 3?

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE sgs2-lte-back sgs2-lte-front tab-89-lte tab-89-lte-side

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Samsung speeds up the Smarter Life with LTE versions of the GALAXY S II and GALAXY Tab 8.9

SEOUL–(Korea Newswire) August 28, 2011 — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced LTE editions of its GALAXY S II and GALAXY Tab 8.9. These stylish devices now offer high-speed 4G connectivity in addition to power, portability and second-to-none screen technology.

“With the introduction of GALAXY S II LTE and GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE, we will take the capabilities of these devices to a whole new level. LTE redefines the user experience made possible by these devices and opens entirely new possibilities in terms of content viewing, sharing, quality and connectivity,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

“This is a milestone in our commitment to lead the charge in 4G mobile telephony around the world, both in terms of back-end network solutions for service providers and the development of powerful consumer handsets,” added Shin.

When connected to a 4G network, LTE technology allows portable devices to download high-quality files at speeds of up to 100Mbps, and to upload at speeds of 50Mbps theoretically — five times faster than even the quickest HSPA+ connection. This means that a four-minute long MP3 track can be downloaded in 0.3 seconds, or an entire film file in less than two minutes.

The enhanced connectivity afforded by LTE technology opens up a range of possibilities for users: Features like social gaming, video conferencing and high-quality media streaming can all be enjoyed seamlessly, with vast improvements in download times and connectivity. 4G technology also enables the seamless and near-instant sharing of multimedia content with friends and family, ensuring that users can share the experiences they love whenever they want.

The addition of LTE to the Samsung GALAXY portfolio also opens further opportunities for mobile application and content developers creating a new generation of mobile services that take full advantage of increased bandwidth and improved connectivity.


In addition to offering a high standard of connectivity, the GALAXY S II LTE delivers powerful performance due to its 1.5GHz dual core processor. Superior 3D graphic performance makes games and video consumption fast and smooth, while popular Web pages like Google, Yahoo and YouTube can load easily, giving customers instant access to the information they need.

A 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus display provides stunning visual clarity, with HD video and images taken on the device’s 8MP camera displayed in full vivid color. The GALAXY S II LTE also offers a rich content experience, with Social, Game and Music hubs all included, while the Readers Hub will be available for download after launch. These are in addition to a number of enterprise solutions aimed at increasing productivity. Running on Android 2.3, the GALAXY S II LTE is easy and intuitive to use.

Additionally, the GALAXY S II LTE can also be connected to up to eight devices via WiFi, meaning that files can be quickly and seamlessly synchronized with laptops, tablets and other Smartphones.


The LTE edition of the GALAXY Tab 8.9 is incredibly portable, measuring just 8.6mm thin while weighing only 455g. The boosted connectivity and genuine portability ensures that the GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE is the ideal device for modern professionals, who need to stay productive and entertained while on the move. LTE capabilities enable video conferences to be held without need to worry about failing connections, while the 8.9″ screen enables easy rendering of business content such as presentations. The TouchWiz interface enables an intuitive user experience, enhanced by the space and freedom provided by the large display.

Whether writing emails on a trip or reading an eBook in bed, the GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE provides the ultimate tablet experience without compromising mobility.

Via: Engadget

Source: Samsung (Korea)

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  • SphericalPuma

    I think the exciting thing about the LTE phone is that it’s rumored to also include WCDMA/GSM support. That, combined with the official specs, could make for an interesting Nexus phone – one that finally runs on all Networks (maybe not sprint) right from the start.

    • SphericalPuma

      Just saw it’s not rumored – On Samsung’s page:

      â—‡ The world’s first LTE / WCDMA / GSM multi-mode support ‘Galaxy S II LTE’

      I’m betting this will be the Nexus Prime when it reaches the states, and that’s fine with me.

      • kyle

        I thought WCDMA Doesnt work with Verizon?

    • Dags

      You do realize that WCDMA is another term for plain old 3G and is not supported by Verizon or Sprint? This is a GSM/3G/LTE phone, not a CDMA/LTE phone.

      • Ken

        Actually wcdma is for any of the frequancy of witch 1700 is verizon


    I am not on Verizon, but as an over all enthusiast and for all those on big red who have suffered without a Nexus.. Well you already know Nexus for the win !

    • BRIGG

      I got my iPhone 4 from Verizon – love it, love vzw too

  • kyle

    Is this getting released in america for verizon or do we have to buy it from europe at full price? Im kinda lost right now.

    • SphericalPuma

      I suspect we’ll find out more when the event happens.

  • Dragonithe

    Now get rid of the top and bottom bezel, replace the screen by a HD version.
    Make it an aluminum housing, and exchange the samsung logo by the google logo.
    release the nexus prime!

  • UtilisateurAndroid

    This phone look very useful and have a beautifull design.

  • Nikki

    eh scamsuck, their gaylaxy phones are shambles so is their brand

  • don’tbelievethehype

    This is the nexus prime you faks. Android vanilla gtfo!

  • Keshav

    Is it confirmed that the US versions being announced next week will not be the SGS II LTE?

  • Brian Mazz

    If it isn’t a Nexus Prime, then I could care less.

  • dokholiday44

    how about upset cause those of us who dont want to deal with Verizon’s rate plan prices. They may have the best service but the gouge their customers. I hope those you who sign up with big red go into the store wearing lip stick, your gonna want to look good before they ………… you

  • AceoStar

    I would love the prime running this hardware. It would certainly make it a tough device to beat. I’ve vowed not to wait until Christmas for my next dream device, but I’d certainly wait for a 4.5 LTE stock phone :p

  • aj

    So im really confused. Verizon confirmed they were not getting the SGS II. So were they lying and just using a loophole that “oh were not getting the SGS II but were getting the Nexus primes or the droid SGS II”. I would really like some answers. Now on the flip side i sound like im complaining but im not. If it ends up turning around that the SGS II comes to verizon with those beefed up specs i probably wont wait for the nexus or the htc vigor.

  • keridel

    i really hope this isnt the nexus.

    the sgs 2 while being a nice phone is very plastic. it just doesnt have the feel of a good quality phone.

    it’s the difference between a corvette and a ferrari. both very powerful and handles great but the former is plastic and cheap and the latter is pure class.

  • chris

    May want to check that the only thing Verizon runs that is compatible is LTE. WCDMA is a Japanese standard in the us we have it as UMTS aka hspa+. This looks like an at&t phone if it comes stateside

  • Nathan

    I don’t think this could be the prime since it doesn’t have 720p screen and the screen is 4.65in. instead of 4.5in like rumors but that just my reason.

    • Nathan

      Ooopps I mean it has 4.5 inch screen and not a 4.65 inch screen.

  • Lox

    I hope it is not the Nexus Prime (Nexus 3) because 4.5 inch is really to big, I like the hardware but I don’t want to look ridiculous with a tablet phone on my ear when calling …

    • AME


      ICS won’t have buttons so that part will be counted as part of the screen. Take out a ruler and calculate how big your screen is if you add in the button part… I’ll wait…

      SEE?!?!! It’s a BIGGER number despite your phone NOT actually growing in size.



    • Nathan

      Fist of all don’t call people a$$holes who didnt do anything to you. Second why are you in an android blog site in the first place? Are you looking for a new android phone or do you really have that much time to visit a site just to curse at people you don’t know. Then go get yourself a hobby or something just don’t bother us or atleast me anyways.

  • ken

    If it is nexus with ice then why the menu and back hardware keys

  • justsaying

    4.5″ = FAIL. Looking for a smart phone, not a tablet wannabe.

  • RX-78-7

    Why not release this upgraded version(in the us) instead of the old model?

  • equake

    The specs point to either world phone or ATT phone but both US carriers are using 700Mhz based LTE basebands which is NOT what is specced on this phone