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.