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Samsung Galaxy S II

When Samsung formally announced the Galaxy S II way back at the beginning of February, they gave up more spec information than you could shake an 8.49mm stick at, but there was one critical bit of data that was left out: the release date. After waiting on the edge of our seats for two months, though, Sammy has finally gone ahead and given up some Galaxy S II launch info. The Galaxy S successor will be arriving at "all major networks and retailers" on May 1st, but unfortunately for us, that date only applies to our friends in the U.K. Samsung is promising that the handset will pack a 4.27-inch 800x480 Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, 2-megapixel FFC, and Android 2.3 in a body that's 8.49mm thin and weighs 116g. Check out the full press release below.

Although it's kind of a bummer that there's been no word yet on when we can expect a Galaxy S II variant to hit stateside, the fact that it'll be landing over in the U.K. in less than a month could be a good indicator that some U.S. launch info may not be far off. In the mean time, you can kick back and watch Aaron give the Galaxy S II the hands-on treatment below and then share with us your thoughts on the newest Galaxy S handset.


SAMSUNG ANNOUNCES UK AVAILABILITY OF THE GALAXY S II

Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet set to hit UK shores on 1st May

11th April 2011, London, UK – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., today announces that its slimmest and lightest smartphone yet, the Samsung Galaxy S II (Model: GT-I9100), will be available in UK shops on 1st May 2011. The Galaxy S II is the first handset to offer Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, the largest, brightest and most colourful screen available in Samsung’s portfolio of devices.

Super slim (8.49mm) and lightweight (116g) Samsung’s Galaxy S II runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is super-fast thanks to its dual-core 1.2GHz processor. The device’s exceptionally bright screen makes it perfect for watching movies and TV or playing games and looking at apps, with its ground-breaking ‘organic’ LED technology, Super AMOLED Plus also saving energy so you can enjoy watching content without affecting the battery life.

The Galaxy S II is built for multi-tasking, its dual-core processor makes switching between applications and loading web pages such as Google, Yahoo and YouTube quick, whilst superior 3D hardware means games and videos can be loaded and played with ease. What’s more, there’s immediate access to content and services such as catch up TV and movie downloads, thanks to super-fast connectivity and WiFi, with speeds up to 21Mbps which provides increased download speeds, and Bluetooth 3.0+HS which reduces data transfer times significantly.

Simon Stanford, Managing Director, Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “From the moment it was revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona there has been a huge buzz about the Galaxy S II, so we’re pleased to announce that it will be available for UK customers to buy from 1st May. Our slimmest, lightest, fastest smartphone is our first device to offer of Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, alongside the most advanced technical specifications including the latest Android OS and a dual core processor. We’re confident it’s a great package for anyone wanting a superior smartphone experience.”

The Galaxy S II also features an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording and playback, Samsung’s patented AllShare technology so you can share pictures, movies, and music with other devices and Samsung’s new Kies Air which lets people manage their smartphone contents from their PC via local WiFi connections.

A new ‘Live Panel’ feature on the Galaxy S II allows aggregation of live web, social networking and application contents to a single customisable home-screen, whilst it’s possible to place all the important parts of your life onto three adjacent home screens which you can switch between simply by pressing and holding on the screen. As with all the Samsung Galaxy family, the Galaxy S II features Samsung Hubs, providing a huge range of entertainment content, advanced mobile games and the ability to manage social networking accounts.

The Samsung Galaxy S II will be available in the UK across all major networks and retailers.


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Anthony Belindo I got the Galaxy S from T-Mobile when it came out. I can't wait to get my hands on this new one when it gets here.
Jaz Lasa Not a samsung phone person it's got to be htc. I cant wait for the htc sensation but to bad i have sprint :(
Lee Hopkins and in answer: a Samsung phone? never again. ive tried, my brother has the Galaxy S 4g, x has the Moment, ive had the Rant... nothing but problems with any of them. their other products? not so bad (tv, components... etc)
Lee Hopkins in reference to @Gabriel Fernandez is samsung a byproduct of, or a sister company to, LG? i coulda swore samsung was its own entity, albeit a very sad one but not LG regardless.
Fayez Noor galaxy s2 > all
Michael A. Barut Most anticipated phone for me since the HD2, too bad T-Mobile isn't getting it or will it be way later this year
Mike Mota Galaxy S better than nexus S...good one...haha
Changbae Rhim not at all.
John Zanatta No. Galaxy S-> Nexus S-> Galaxy S 4G all in the same year. How many ways will they release the Galaxy S II in the same year? Don't even start on update potential...
Mike Chiou Hate to admit...but ya...kind of.
Jiburn Back Pretty impressed what samsung made
Darryl Mouzone Samsung? No thank you!
Kevin Jovel yuup !
Juwon Howard It looks like all 11 people are excited Lmao
Jose Barrera Damn I can't wait!!! The wait makes T-Mobile g2x tempting
Gabriel Fernandez I would never trust an LG device. I would wait until they get more immersed with smartphones before I even consider them as a possibility.
Alex Lam The G2X is better. Gingerbread
Su Hyeong Lee Nope the optimus 3D better than
Marvin Oubre Any phone that's "dual core" is exciting.
Benjamin Padilla Samsung...no.
Mitzi Almendarez My next phone! Been waiting since the rumored specs last year! :D
Joe Ngan only thing missing hdmi output
Wasim Mazahreh Nope I will never buy another samsung product ever again. HTC!!!! Ftw
Lorenz Angelo Barcelona Galaxy s II > everything else. Kinda sad I already upgraded to the galaxy s 4g :(
Charlie Durie Too expensive!!!
Tim Gruber nope the evo 3d is way more beastly
David Lora Nope don't care
Allan Kuang This is the only phone I would upgrade to from the iPhone 4.
Jesus Estrada No. Ever heard of two-year contracts? I'm not rich lol
Steven Mann The only phone I would upgrade my epic for... So far
Eddy Issa Its coming to Australia next month too on Telstra.
Calum Hunter Yes very, but more excited for the HTC pyramid/sensation. It is also good to see handsets coming to the UK before the US ;)
Gabriel Fernandez Yeah.. I'm pretty interested in this phone actually. I want to wait till awhile after it's released in the U.S. though. Every phone seems to have issues for early adopters, so it's best that I wait it out. I'm pretty impressed with the improvements Samsung did in TouchWiz 4.0.
Marc Hill Can't wait. Its my next phone. So long Samsung Vibrant




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