Samsung Galaxy S II finally coming to the U.S. next month

By on July 21, 2011, 10:00 AM

The long awaited Samsung Galaxy S II will make it to the U.S. market next month, as was confirmed by a Samsung exec in South Korea while speaking to a group of local journalists. Compared to its predecessor, the phone is larger, yet much thinner, features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and well over twice its processing power.

Samsung's first generation Galaxy S smartphone helped drive Samsung to the top of the heap in the Android world. Before it, only a handful of Android devices had captivated critics to such extent, like Google's venerable Nexus One.

The Galaxy S II (read our full review) was announced in February and launched in a number of markets last May. After less than two months Samsung claimed it had sold over 3 million phones. Pre-orders in South Korea and the UK surpassed expectations and the company seems to be in great shape to hit its target to sell 10 million units during 2011, which is the number it sold of the original Galaxy S in 2010. Samsung's president of mobile business and digital imaging, Shin Jong-kyun, confirmed at a press briefing that the Galaxy S II would arrive to the the U.S. "sometime in August."

The Galaxy S II runs Android 2.3 and features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. It is the first handset to offer Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus screen technology (4.27-inch display, 800x480 resolution), and is the company's thinnest phone at 8.49mm, with a weight of just 116g. The device also features an 8MP primary camera with 1080p video capture, and a 2MP camera in the front, as well as integrated NFC support on some versions. It also has BlueTooth 3.0+HS and HSPA+ connectivity.

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Guest said:

If this comes to Verizon, I'm getting it!

1977TA said:

I can't wait, I've been pretty happy with my galaxy s that I got last year. Never really saw a huge reason to upgrade until now. My only complaint is that Samsung is very slow to push updates, not a huge problem if you know how to root your phone, but customers shouldn't have to do that.

Unclean009 said:

I bought this phone a few weeks ago and have been using it on AT&T. It is definitely the best smartphone I have ever owned. I have absolutely no regrets paying the large sum of cash for it.

Guest said:

4.3"? Just a tad small for me anymore. I've gotten use to a FIVE inch screen.

If it were 4.5 or 4.7 I might consider it.

Along with the DELAY getting it here, you can bet there will be a newer batch of

phones this fall. Nothing against this phone, but it's taking WAY to long to get it

to the USA. Most likely the fault of the carriers who want to cripple it.

Verizon & at&t can't have anything stepping on the iPhone's ya know.

OnaZ said:

Wow so late, I am all the way in South Africa and we have had that for over a month now.

Guest said:

One of the best phones Samsung ever produced. Super efficient performance. Highly friendly user interface. I am afraid this model might give tough time to current and upcoming iPhone models. Desperately waiting this model to arrive in our part of the world.

aj_the_kidd said:

For those who are interested in this phone please note that i have found that the stock music app will crash sometimes, which is pretty annoying but its up an running again in 20-30secs. NOT EVERYONE has experienced this so don't let this deter you from getting this phone, plus a simple fix is to install a new music app and your good to go, Cloudskipper is a good free app and winamp as well, that little annoyance aside, its easily the quickest phone I've used and stable (minus the music app).

Guest said:

Will be coming to AT&T, Sprint and Verzion with different names

AT&T Attain, Function (Verizon) and the "Within" for Sprint

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

A new music player bug ... anyway here is an old one, on my SGS if I pause while playing music through playlist, then resume after some time, it will skip the playlist and start playing whatever music it want to play.

Guest said:

Will this support 4g?

Guest said:

I hope it has 4G like the one in Canada.....but at this point it's anyone's guess.

1977TA said:

Guest said:

Will this support 4g?

It has HSPA+, which is t-mobiles "4g"...which is also a lot better then AT&T's "4g". Makes me wonder if it'll go to only T-Mobile.....

Guest said:

Which 5" Smartphone are you using now? There aren't actually many branded 5" smartphones available. Many of the leading ones now are between 3.5" and 4.5" (iphone4, Samsung, HTC, LG etc etc). Or do you have one of those "mini" tablets that aint quite a smart phone nor is is a tablet (like a playbook)

Guest said:

Would love to have NFC in the US model (on ATT)

Guest said:

Great phone except the bluetooth implementation will not work with most factory fitted carphones

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