Oct 31 AT 10:20 AM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket brings 4G LTE speeds to AT&T

Samsung Skyrocket

Living up to their promise to deliver a 4G LTE handset this year, AT&T announced the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket today. The device will arrive in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online November 6 for $249.99 with a two-year commitment.

Just last month AT&T started selling their version of the Galaxy S II, and the new Skyrocket is very similar with a few improvements. In addition to support for 4G LTE, the Skyrocket also boasts a slightly larger display (4.5 in vs 4.3 in) and faster processor (1.5 GHz vs 1.2 GHz).

Highlights of the Skyrocket include:

  • 4.5-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display (800×480 pixels)
  • Android Gingerbread (2.3.5)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (unspecified)
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, with 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 16 GB of on-board memory, microSD expandable to an additional 32 GB

AT&T only offers 4G LTE in limited markets, but they are currently expanding their footprint. Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio were launched in September. On November 6t AT&T will flip the LTE switch in Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Athens, GA. AT&T plans to cover 15 markets and 70 million Americans by year-end 2011, so be on the lookout for additional announcements.

AT&T’s LTE data plans feature the same tiers we’ve previously seen. For $15 customers can get 200 MB of data (which would be consumed in a few minutes of LTE video streaming) or they can choose the $25 plan that comes with 2 GB of data. Those who wish to tether can get the DataPro 4GB for $45.

Overall the Skyrocket looks like another solid Android phone, but it will likely disappoint those who were waiting on the Galaxy Nexus. Seeing that AT&T just launched two very similar Galaxy S II phones, we don’t expect they will be carrying Google’s first Android 4.0 phone this year.

Source: AT&T

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    exellent point Taylor when it comes to the Galaxy Nexus going to ATT. Unfortunately this is somewhat uncomfortable news to Tmobile users also.. One would imagine if Big Blue doesnt get it, neither will its GSM cousin (soon to be parent), also will not carry it. SMH.

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

      Considering the fact that Google had Samsung put in AWS bands into the Galaxy Nexus to make it pentaband means that it WILL be coming to T-Mobile. The only question is when. And I’m certain you’ll always be able to get it off contract.

      My guess is Verizon’s exclusivity pertains to on-contract sales or an LTE version, both of which will go away after a few months.

      • BiGMERF

        I agree with what you say but I would hate to have to wait 2 months or more for it.. At CES , we probably will see better handsets with ice cream being announced.I mean there is always something better around the corner but in this case the Galaxy Nexus is marginally if at all better than handsets out now. lol. I do not mind if it was released with out carrier cintract discounts. My gripe is having to wait till it comes out moths later.. Its foolish

        • Fahad

          You have to keep in mind they did this with the Galaxy S as well… by than I had also bought the SGS and didn’t really want to spend that much money for a marginally upgraded phone…

  • kwills88

    If I was on AT&T and got the gs2 a month ago, I’d be pissed after seeing this.

    • triangle

      Totally agree. Sucks that AT&T just didn’t come out with this phone in the first place. Did they not realize that they would be pissing off a lot of people?

    • Paul

      Count me pissed! I just got the SGS2 2 weeks ago. This is B.S and this is really going to confuse the custom ROM community as well. There’s already a Galaxy S II section (international version), an AT&T Galaxy S II section, a T-Mobile Galaxy S II section and a Sprint Galaxy S II section. Now it looks like there’s going to have to be a AT&T Galaxy S II LTE section. Too confusing.

  • skidmarksally

    is att lte gonna run two sim card for the lte or it single?

  • Raptor

    Game over.
    480p couldn’t stand on large screens anymore

  • Christian

    I’ll probably get this anyway with all the lower specs its still pretty fast. And how many people can stream on with ATT’s data cap anyway. Its getting ludicrous waiting out for the nextest bestest fastest thing because there’s always something around the corner.

    Galaxy S III is a given next Spring and at MWC 2012. ICS devices won’t hit right away either, maybe no earlier than Summer as HTC and Sammy are still “evaluating” it.

    You just have to jump in or you’ll be miserable forever.

  • Koolio

    I love how its called the SKYrocket, its not like it could be a GROUNDrocket, anyway this looks like a pretty good phone except I think it should come out with ICS

  • 4TOPS

    Damn it, taking my sg2 back nov.6

  • 4TOPS

    I guess this is why at&t opted for the 4.3” to start off the launch

    Now we know the rest of the story

  • Nexy

    Dunno why everyone is thinking about trading in their gs2 and down grading for this device with the snapdragon chip(that won’t perform better than the exynos)… People are weird

    • Stan

      I’m hoping this will bring down the price of the gs2. I like the smaller size and exynos chip. LTE not where I live.

    • iHole

      Loving mine so far, but it could be because it’s new and I have been on the iphone since the first one came out.

  • iHole

    Well I purchased this phone today. I had been using the iPhone since day one. I am very impressed with Android and Samsung so far…

    The Skyrocket is fast, smooth and not glitchy at all.

  • pritams

    just bought s2 just a day before..sob::

  • thechad

    cool phone