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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II

After months of waiting, the U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II have finally been unveiled. Both AT&T and T-Mobile are sticking with the Galaxy S II branding, while Sprint has opted to name their model the "Epic 4G Touch." Obviously there's a lot of information to digest here, so we're going to break it all down bullet point style:

  • AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, 16GB storage, 1650mAh battery, HSPA+ connectivity, HDMI out, and Android 2.3 running beneath Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 UI. Expect the AT&T GSII to hit sometime "in the coming weeks."
  • Moving onto the Sprint side of things, we've got the Epic 4G Touch. Specs are similar to what we saw leak earlier today, meaning you're looking at a 4.52-inch 800x480 Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.2GHZ dual-core Exynos processor, 8-megapixel camera with flash and 1080p video capture, 2-megapixel FFC, 16GB storage, 1800mAh battery, WiMAX connectivity, Mobile Hotspot support for up to eight devices, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread alongside TouchWiz 4.0. The Epic 4G Touch will be the first GSII variant to hit the States when it launches on September 16th for $199.99 with a two-year contract. If you absolutely, positively need to be the first on your block with a E4GT, you can mosey on down to local Sprint store and pre-order your device with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card.
  • Finally we've got the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II, which is packing a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, just like its Sprint-branded brother. That's the only feature that T-Mobile's officially announced for its GSII variant, although Samsung says that all three models include an 8-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel FFC, 16GB of built-in storage, and Android 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0. Availability details for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II are just as sparse as its spec list: T-Mo says that the device will launch sometime "this fall."

As expected, there was no mention of a device for Verizon. Those customers on Big Red shouldn't fret too much, though, as the rumor mill claims that Verizon may be getting a similarly specced device in the near future.

So there are your U.S. Galaxy S II variants. The European GSII has been regarded as one of the top Android phones on the market since its launch earlier this year, and it looks like the versions released here in the States could very well continue that trend. What do you all think of the trio now that they've finally been officially unveiled? If you're planning to pick one of them up, be sure to let us know which model will soon be calling your pocket home!

P.S. For those of you interested, we've also got the individual press releases for each of the GSII variants: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile.

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II

NEXT GENERATION OF SAMSUNG’S FLAGSHIP SMARTPHONE PORTFOLIO – GALAXY S II – READY FOR U.S. ARRIVAL

Samsung’s fastest selling smartphone in the world coming soon to AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile

DALLAS, August 29, 2011 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the  No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced the Galaxy S™ II will be available  with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile starting this fall. The U.S. launch follows the successful debut of the Galaxy S II in Europe and Korea, where consumers bought 5 million smartphones in 85 days, making the device Samsung’s fastest selling smartphone ever. The next generation Galaxy S II portfolio packs industry-leading hardware and software and the latest version of the Android smartphone platform into each device. The Galaxy S II portfolio is highlighted by  Samsung’s own  Super AMOLED Plus display technology, a powerful dual core application processor and a robust array of entertainment, messaging, social networking and enterprise experiences.

“The unveiling of the Galaxy S II is a landmark achievement for Samsung, our carrier customers and consumers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “Five million Galaxy S II smartphones have been sold around the world and that number increases every day. We believe the cutting-edge design, features and user experience of this innovative device will share the same level of success in the U.S.”

The three smartphones within the Samsung Galaxy S II portfolio are designed with an ultra-thin form factor and brilliant Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display. Recent independent studies showed that Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display technology was preferred 2 to 1 over any competing display technology in the market today2, thanks to touchscreen’s ability to deliver brilliant colors with the most contrast, providing a vivid and crisp viewing experience.

All three Galaxy S II smartphones are enabled with 4G3 service for fast connectivity speeds and dual core processors for seamless web surfing, console-like game play and rapid content downloads.

Personalized Customization

The Galaxy S II portfolio features an improved Samsung TouchWiz user interface, providing superior multi-tasking, application management, and customization and includes Live Panel which provides a magazine-like widget view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photo gallery and more, all of which can be customized on the home screen.  All of the Samsung Live Panel widgets can be positioned and re-sized to create rich, visual home screens and provide one-touch access to the information consumers use most. Touchwiz UI also includes Quick Panel which allows instant access to commonly used device settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and other key device features. The TouchWiz UI notification service on the lock screen notifies users to the number of unread or new text messages, and missed calls that have been sent to you on your Galaxy S II. Users get direct access to missed calls and text messages from the lock screen by swiping the notification boxes without having to navigate through the applications menu.

Each of the Galaxy S II devices feature six-axis motion sensing using an accelerometer and gyroscope that support advanced touch screen gestures, including motion to zoom in on images, silence a ringing phone, and even move widgets on the menu screens.

Premium Content

Galaxy S II will also include Samsung’s popular Media Hub movie and TV content service.  Media Hub features thousands of new release and top-grossing titles from major Hollywood studios and leading television networks, including NBC Universal, Paramount, MTV, Warner Bros., CBS and FOX. The content service has added a new feature called Media Hub Show, allowing the user to playback Media Hub content on a TV through an HDMI cable connected to a Galaxy S II dock or HDTV Smart adapter accessory. Users can share purchased to own film or TV content across up to five devices enabled with Media Hub at no additional cost.  Alternate premium video options include Android Movies, Netflix, and others which are available to download from Android Market™.

Samsung’s Social Hub service on the Galaxy S II transfers email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections, including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, into “Feeds” and “Messages” folders that can be either separated into separate tabs or combined into comprehensive lists.

Samsung’s Galaxy S II portfolio is powered by the open and innovative Android Gingerbread platform, complete with full support of Google Mobile Services including Android MarketÔ with access to more than 250,000 applications, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and more.

In addition, Galaxy S II and the Android Gingerbread platform support an array of cloud services including content sync across the Galaxy branded portfolio with Google services (Books, Music, Videos, Email, Calendar) Samsung Media Hub and cloud photo sync through Picasa Web Albums and Google+.

Uncompromised Convergence

The Galaxy S II portfolio offers a number of convergence features to share content in tethered and wireless formats. With Samsung’s All Share application, which enables inter-device connectivity through DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology, users can send user-generated video content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices, such as TV’s, monitors and laptops, allowing for an interactive entertainment experience. The TV Remote App, also available through Android Market, transforms the Galaxy S II into a remote control for several top models of Samsung HDTVs. Smart Show and Media Hub Show enables the user to tether an HDMI over micro USB connection to an HDTV to play user generated or Media Hub DRM protected content respectively directly from the Galaxy S II device to the HDTV screen.  Samsung Kies Air service allows users to connect their PC or Mac via WiFi without a preloaded application to easily view and manage your content. Users can transfer files, manage contacts and messages and send SMS from the PC.

Optimal Enterprise Solutions

Galaxy S II integrates a range of enterprise solutions that expand the business capabilities of the devices. The Galaxy S II portfolio provides support for exchange device management policies, offers increased security of data and services and enables mobile conferencing while on the go.  Galaxy S II also features productivity enhancement capabilities such as the ability to create and respond to meeting requests, view, edit, and create Microsoft®-compatible documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, global address lookup (GAL), and more.

Additional enterprise solutions include:

On-device encryption of user data
Full support for Exchange ActiveSync® version 14
Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Sybase MDM (Mobile Device Management)
Cisco WebEx mobile conference solution
Additional features of the Galaxy S portfolio include:

8-megapixel Rear-Facing Camera with Autofocus & Flash & 1080p HD Video Recording/2-megapixel Front-Facing Camera: The Galaxy S II portfolio features an 8 megapixel camera with flash and can record video in 1080p HD high profile offering the richest video content on a smartphone. Plus, the front-facing 2 megapixel camera provides video chat capabilities for personal and business communication on-the-go. Galaxy S II supports popular video conferencing services like Skype, Fring, Qik and Tango.
Voice Talk: The Galaxy S II Voice Talk feature allows users to give their Galaxy S II device voice commands, including voice dial, text message, navigation, music, Web browsing and search. When docked into the car dock, the Galaxy S II automatically defaults into Voice Talk mode.  Users can instantly activate the Voice Talk application by a long press on the search key.
Task Manager: View and close the applications users have active, what items have been downloaded and check on memory usage via the Task Manager widget.
Screen Capture Feature: Users can easily take a screen grab of the phone screen by pressing the power button and the home key simultaneously.
Memory: All three Galaxy S II devices offer 16GB of on-board memory, as well as a microSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card.
Premium Accessories Portfolio

A host of premium Galaxy S II accessories, including convenient solutions for docking, convergence, and backup battery charging will be available for each smartphone, providing users with an enhanced mobile experience.  A multimedia dock is the perfect smart accessory, allowing users to transform their Galaxy S II into a home stereo by connecting speakers or plugging it into a home entertainment system via the 3.5mm stereo connector. Its ability to orient with the phone while docked makes it easy to view content in portrait and landscape mode, while the auto-launch of its Desk Dock UI makes for easy access to music, video and other applications.

Additional accessory solutions include:

Vehicle dock: The dock charges the phone while docked to ensure uninterrupted GPS usage on long car rides. The dock is windshield or dashboard mountable and includes the sophisticated Vlingo Voice Talk, allowing users to enjoy hands-free control of their Galaxy S II.
Battery charging stand with spare battery: This charging solution ensures a backup battery is always on hand, while providing a convenient kick stand for the Galaxy S II.
HDTV Adapter: The HDMI adapter supports HD video up to 1080p from the phone to an HDTV, projector, or monitor. Use on the go to connect the Galaxy S II to a TV, monitor, or projector to view purchased Media Hub content, videos, presentations, games, or internet on a big HD screen, or listen to downloaded music from the phone on a home entertainment system.


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Curtis VanSelus Now the gs2 comes....just bought sensation
Jamille Browne Tmo's version
Ope Massop I like these phones i really do.. But I think im going to wait for the iphone. Im tired of these Android phones having shitty battery life
Nelson Pagan Gs2 is nice prime sounds better but I think I want the n9 from Nokia are a windows phone something telling me that windows going to blow up real soon and I can't wait till than
Tamaris Jones P.s. Iphone is the best but im waiting to see what windows gonna do!
Tamaris Jones Will wait on a better htc phone with windows android getting boring and htc makes a quality phone.
Dan Aguilera epic is the best
Pranas Varaneckas Im from europe, and i have galaxy s2. Dont know much about your services in usa, but if i should have to choose from sgs2 and epic 4g, i would go with sgs2. I am more than satisfied with this model capabilities. Sorry for all the mistakes ive just done.
Phillip Ith Shut your Cunt ass up Shannon !
Rene Saenz Jr. iPhone 5 or galaxy s2
Ayo Q Sipho I want the prime to come to T-Mobile. Nuff said
Darryl Mouzone Neither. Buying a Samsung phone is like throwing your money out the window except you'll probably get better results throwing your money out of the window.
Jordan Mosley Why did Sprint have to change the name. Their just asking for confusion.
Jon Jerico Calanio All Galaxy S II variants will have Exynos.
Joe Czo None :( I'm on Verizon and my Droid 3 sucks! Random restarts, the camera sucks and the phone lags big time.
Justin Wilson Can't wait for t Mobile iPhone to come out
Argenis Reyes I would love the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy 2 but I just got my Sensation a month ago :( lol don't get me wrong I freaking love it(yes even Sense :3) but for some reason it sounds like the Galaxy 2 had more multimedia benefits that the Sensation doesn't plus the fact that I could barely hear anything with headphones....
Caleb Smith Smith AT&T Galaxy S2
Chris Baham iPhone 5. kthx
Bill Moran Version has been awful quiet lately I guess Ma Bell told the Baby Bells to not fight and get along lol
Marlenia Mosley love your reviews
Derrick Bird Tired of waiting, went with a unlocked SII from Europe instead. My wife wants the AT&T version to replace her iphone 4.
Roberto Rodriguez How much will it cost on T-mobile?
Flako Ramirez Where's Verizon??? Unless they are planning something bigger for the big red
Thomas Boehnlein Must preorder tomorrow
AleXander WaTson Definitely Galaxy S2!
Lennes Shaw I will check it out when it drop, but I might pass for the nexus prime or iphone 5 which ever comes first.
Shannon Smith I just called my local store in Tyler,Tx and they said you can pre order by buying 50.00 card and they will have the phone in the store. I can give you the number. ALL corporate stores only not a franchise Sprint store. It has to be a corp. store
Sai Lo samsung galaxy S2 4G
Ken Clement called a local Sprint store and they new NOTHING about the release date. I said it was announced that you guys would have it on 9/16 and they said " I dont think so" OMG I wish all the carriers would stop this hush hush crap.
Cesario Brito Jr. This phone is a beast. Damn I want to upgrade but will the Nexus Prime come to Sprint later this year?
Christopher Bigham So I'm confused....the epic comes out for sprint but the "epic 2" doesn't?
William Robles Galaxy s2 is awesome
Rich Maniquis apparently the GS2 US variants are getting the exynos processor. sensation sucks b/c even though its dual core, it lags, as well as having death grip issues. how can you possibly say that sprint has the best network? their 3g speeds are abysmal, and their 4g is just WiFi on steriods. can't hold a candle to the consistency and speed of HSPA+ or LTE. hell, WiMax averages around the same speed as ATT/TMO 3g. and of course they'll give you unlimited data b/c you won't get good speeds anyway. and iphone.....oh the iphone.....have fun with your possible bigger screen (3.7")....booo.....and enjoy the features that apple "borrowed" from android.
Mark Balcher Epic 4G Touch all the way, baby.
Vicki Figueroa Hands on coverage of the phones from the event please?
Steven Jaycoxe Epic Touch
Shannon Smith Sprint will have it on 9/16 and they are starting pre orders today. Buy a Sprint 50.00 card to reserve one.
Juan Rodriguez Dammit I want this phone!!!
Ken Clement Why hasnt AT&T come out with a release date?!?! This phone has been in the works for MONTHS! I may have to jump to Sprint so I can get it since my current carrier cant pull their head out!
Luis Montoya nexus prime
Jonathan Delarosa I'll stick with my Nexus S. New software updates > hardware without high potential for an update.
Hendrick Equis M I'll wait to see the prime before I choose
Jamil Oquendo Whatever happened to the windows phone 7 variant? This is the only phone that might tempt me away from wp7, it would pain me alot though. I will wait and see if the wp7 variant comes out. The t-mobile version sounds better.
Jordan Acosta Samsung epic touch 4 g the best 4 sprint.....
Antonio Pagan iphone 5 ... samsung suck ...
Bill Moran I am picking the Sprint phone namely because they have a better network, better customer service and unlimited service :)
David Jung I don't see the poit of sprint :P I suggest they just stop squirming and sell themselves off. Though that's my opinion
Isaiah Marshall T-Mobile version is thinner, AT&T version is smaller, Sprint version has a bigger battery, all about prefrence.
Larry Culbert win it come to SPRINT & T-MOBILE
Waldir Alberto gonna get it...
Sedat Siraci Samsung galaxy s 2 is the best!
Ben Conover at&t cause i'm with them. duh...
Martin Hodgson nothing until iphone 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ronny Sh Sensation




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