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.