Alleged AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II pictures leak, complete with a physical keyboard
Now we have some pictures in flesh and blood, and the SGH-I927 coding reveals that the device shown is indeed the almighty Samsung Galaxy S II. So, instead of Sprint, this year AT&T could have signed up for a keyboarded versions of Samsung's best and brightest Android handset.
The AT&T version is seemingly having Samsung's own Exynos dual-core chipset inside, as the pretty strong Quadrant score of 3056 reveals in the pictures below. Still, slapping a physical slide-out QWERTY on something deemed one of the thinnest smartphone out there, with its monster 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display kind of defeats the purpose, but on the other hand it will probably fill a big gap in AT&T's Android portfolio.
How do you feel about that alleged keyboarded version of the Samsung Galaxy S II heading to AT&T?
1. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
I feel for gaming its awesome..
that and i always feel better putting in a password on a physical keyboard.
from the pics I really dont like the lay out.. so far my favorite keyboard has been on the LG Ally
2. remixfa (Posts: 14226; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its a SGS2 so its awesome.. period. the keyboard some peeps will love, some wont.
but get the phone anyways.. its an sgs2. :)
3. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Like the arrow keys setup. It should make using game emulators easier.
4. snowgator (Posts: 3335; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
In the credit where credit is due department: Rory Revolution called this one in an earlier post. If you want to talk about getting it right.... a 4.3" qwerty keyboard. Wow. It will be a monster- in both girth and sales.
47. remixfa (Posts: 14226; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
and girth is important. ask the girls. lol
83. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I did find it odd that both Verizon and AT&T had these Samsung Galaxy S slideout keyboard phones leaked basically at the same time.
I'm not really too sure that the Verizon one that was leaked is in the same league as this beast. It looks like both Verizon and Sprint will get the "Epic 2. 4 inch display, singlecore.
But Sprint has leaked what is most likely the SGS2 with no keyboard. So I expect the same for Verizon as well.
5. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
Ever heard of the term "If its not broke, don't fix it" AT&T?
Now we are gonna have to wait even longer to even get a good case and without the slim factor (which I was looking forward to) Its gonna be real bulking.
64. gregoryyy3 (unregistered)
have you heard of the term "infuse 4g" BadAssAbe?
99. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
no, we people who want a high end offering have never heard of the Infuse 4G. no offense to the Infuse but it's no Galaxy S II.
7. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'll admit it looks good but whether or not this is an actual good thing remains to be seen.
8. phonequest (unregistered)
39. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4498; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Well there goes what should have been the Epic 2 for Sprint. Now the Epic 2 is a watered down Galaxy S II or if you will a slightly better Galaxy S. I wonder if the Samsung Within (gosh what an ugly name) will have a keyboard or if it's only AT&T exclusive?
41. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i guess it depends on what the carriers want.
74. Timmay! (unregistered)
You sir are correct. Epic 2 should be a step up in all categories from the epic. If not it shouldn't be called EPIC 2. Sprint is gonna keep bi+
9. K1N9J (unregistered)
Americans are always changing ish. I think the keyboard is ok but not on this phone. the Original SGS2 looks way better.
10. xenover (Posts: 174; Member since: 27 May 2011)
haha, they always f**k it up for the US carriers somehow
89. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
its all a conspiracy to give us all here on PA something to talk about so they purposely change it from the original model for that reason & that reason only =/...
11. sweetlou (unregistered)
what the f att, you really blew this one
12. Doctor Strange (unregistered)
Why all the hate? Sure, it'll be a bit on the thick side, but one of the big selling points of Android was the opportunity for multiple form factors. Maybe most of you want a phone that is 85% identical to an iPhone in terms of design, function and usability, but some of us were psyched that Google got into this game because we like us some physical keyboards. For me the potential deal-breaker will be either the lack of LTE (which has to be coming soon...), and the question of whether or not it can be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. I don't even live in one of the initial 5 LTE markets, but I know that if I am gonna be required to carry this thing for 20 months, I want it capable of using the whole network, not just HSPA+.
15. snowgator (Posts: 3335; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Hey, I do not think it is a bad idea at all. I think it will fly off the AT&T stocked shelves. I think it would on any carrier.
13. Ronanonymous (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
If Verizon ruins the SGSII with a keyboard, then I'll be heading to Sprint.
14. epic (unregistered)
why samsung....why cant you get this version to india or any other part of asia!?!?
I like my gs2 but the onscreen keyboard doesnt feel right compared to the real thing!
-end of rant-
16. me (unregistered)
I was on the fence about switching from my Tilt 2 because I did not want to give up my keyboard. I am so glad to see that we finally will get a top of the line phone with a real keyboard at ATT!!
17. Kev (unregistered)
It's really unnerving that every forthcoming Android gets bigger and bigger-- this is why tablets exist. What's worse, the SGSII is the thinnest Android handset yet (minus the keyboard), but they had to throw such a large surface area in the mix. I've been looking forward to this phone since I first heard about it last year's end, and now I'm simply disappointed. Who cares how powerful it is when holding it in your pocket (clip-cases simply don't do it for me) feels like a shrunken tablet. I'm pro Android all the way, but this may be the push I've never looked forward to towards an iPhone.....................(Original Motorola Droid w/ Verizon, end of contract)
18. gaby1451 (Posts: 113; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I'm a purist when it comes to original form factors and releases. I think AT&T should stick with the phone Koreans got, I really liked it! Besides, a QWERTY keyboard on 4.3 screen? Goodness, I got tiny hands people!
19. Beardie (unregistered)
WTF? Why are people complaining? There are plenty of other smartphones without keyboards. Having the keyboard is going to be great for bringing people in customers who don't like virtual keyboards.
You're acting like it's criminal to give this phone a keyboard. Like now you have no other phones to choose from.
21. exo2u (unregistered)
i see where people are coming from.. a ridiculous wait time for this phone to finally come to the states and it not what they expected, ill be honest i was a little pissed too; but then i thought how that form factor will leave room for an LTE radio in verizons version, soo naturally im happy again :)
26. sniperace (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Aug 2009)
The problem is many people waited months and months for this phone. A super thin sexy GSII ...not a fat blotted monstosity.I have the epic 4g keyboard goes to waste and takes up space. So i understand why people are so upset I'm just glad that sprint said no to the keyboard this time and got it right. So I get to save money on my bill and get the phone I want sooooo baddd...I'm happy :-)
27. exo2u (unregistered)
Huh, Sooo glad we've been on the same page the whole time. LOL and just because they've allegedly confirmed a keyboard on this phone doesn't mean they wont for sprint or any other carrier here
59. Dr.Phil (Posts: 952; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Lolwhyumadtho? First of all, everyone on here keeps complaining about how bulky and thick the phone is going to be. Uh, first of all, there is NO SIDE PICTURES OF THE PHONE. For example, the Droid 2 and Droid X are a good way to show what the real difference is of a physical keyboard being added. Guess what? The Droid X is .39 inches thick while the Droid 2 is .54 that is literally .15 of an inch. Honestly, you people who complain about it being a big bulge in your pocket are obviously just mad because it turns out to be a bigger bulge than the one in your crotch area. Those of us who don't have that problem, are fine with the extra bulge.
98. celhalcyon (unregistered)
Exactly...if a phone doesn't have a keyboard, you have hundreds of comments stating "I'd buy it if it had a physical keyboard."
Now that it does, you have the opposite.
It's the FFC effect; people don't even know what the hell they want, but it sure as hell isn't what any given phone has.
20. rupst2 (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
This completely ruins my phone update plans. :( Keyboard is so Crackberry which = FAIL!
23. OsirisRa (Posts: 46; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)
Nicely done on ATT's part. Finally a phone that can truly replace my Nokia N900.
24. super_evil_alien (unregistered)
Majority of people seems to dislike physical keyboard with SGS II?
I prefer phone with physical keyboard.Much more faster at typing at desktop sites & also messaging.
I'm not a big fan of Android but I'm willing to buy this phone to replace my aging Nokia N900.
55. URC (unregistered)
Physical keyboards are only faster for typing for old people and those with no coordination. Especially on a big screen. And that's without counting swype.
96. Versed (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
To be honest, the KB would be OK by me, I have an SGS II and love it. I also think if this was announced for T-Mobile or Sprint, people would be loving the fact it has a KB.
Also from what I've read elsewhere, AT&T maybe carrying both KB and non-KB version of this phone.
25. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 122; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
wow samsung please ship some over to europe,i personally don't care if it's poor keyboard or not which i still think it's a great keyboard,i love my physical oldskool typing,please samsungggggggggggggggggggg! some to europe,we're loveing it here,damn!
28. Dr.Phil (Posts: 952; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
This phone looks great, but for some reason when I look at the pictures the screen looks somewhat small. It just for some reason doesn't look like a 4.3 inch screen or even 4 inch screen for some reason. I don't know that's just my opinion, but I mean why didn't they extend the screen down to the capacitive buttons? Either way, this looks like an awesome phone that I cannot wait to be released, hopefully soon.
29. alex safaei (unregistered)
I have been looking at this phone and pictures before and I have two concerns, that makes me think this is either another phone in the galaxy lineup but not the galaxy s 2. first the front facing camera is on the oppesite side in everyother picture out there. Also the samsung galaxy s 2 has a phyiscal button on the bottem center. Let me know what you guys think.
38. Dr.Phil (Posts: 952; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
BGR in their article said the bottom capacitive keys were at the request of AT&T. Also, the front facing camera is most likely on the opposite side because of the keyboard. If you look up phones with slide out keyboards and front facing cameras, nearly everyone is on that side. But, you could still be right because I can't see that screen being 4.3 inches.
30. attcallcenter (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)
boo this phone. i didnt wait this long for this phone to have some freaking slide out keyboard.
61. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
dammitt! if this phone gets a keyboard im not getting it :(
31. ritze (unregistered)
as long as it comes with their own processor(exynos dual core chipset). I heard one of the version of the SGS II came with Tegra or TI dual core processor. Hope big sam look at the SGS II's winning combination & stick with the ingredients.
32. wallythezebra (unregistered)
Maybe they will release the original sgs2 and the version with the keyboard to service the needs of everyone
33. WEBS (unregistered)
Wow, android fanboys just need to complain about everything, this phone is awesome! A galaxy S 2 with a keyboard! I still don't understand how a person likes a onscreen keyboard rather then a real one.
56. URC (unregistered)
Uh, it's faster, smaller, and looks better. What's not to understand?
70. 5G (unregistered)
I second that....100% touch phone > one /w physical qwerty keyboard
93. 1 (unregistered)
sounds like something steve jobs would say...
34. bucky (Posts: 1601; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
the phone is thin enough to add a thin keyboard on it without ruining it. However, getting used to swype doesnt make me want a keyboard anymore anyways. I have had this phone for 2 months already and its absolutely brilliant just the way it is.
35. Dec0der (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Jun 2011)
I've been off contract for months waiting for the SGS2 to appear on AT&t. As a h8r of physical keyboards, I'll be switching to whatever carrier gets the original i9100 or whatever looks closest to it. AT&T, once again taking something perfect and fuging to the point of unwantedness. I'll wait a few weeks to see what cr@pple's new mythical unicorn looks like, then I'll be switching carriers to whoever has the most original looking SGS2. Sammy has truely become the US carriers b1tch.
36. Floydian (unregistered)
Loved the original specs, don't want the keyboard at all. This is a deal-breaker for me.
37. URC (unregistered)
YOU MEAN I WAITED THIS LONG FOR THIS G-D PHONE AND YOU RUINED IT BY PUTTING A F*CK*NG KEYBOARD ON IT!?!?!!?!?!?!?! IF TRUE, KILL YOURSELVES, SAMSUNG AND ATT. DIE A SLOW DEATH IN A HOT FIRE!!!!
52. lollollol (unregistered)
more like AT&T's fault then samsnungs its what they requested...
and agree you need to chill out. go outside ...... LMAO
57. URC (unregistered)
71. 5G (unregistered)
Good thing I was never considering this phone in the first place....,.....
40. bigmikey23 (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)
I can't believe my eyes.I waited patiently for this ultra thin beautiful phone and they turn it into a ugly piece of crap.They take out the home button which I really thought was great and give it a keyboard when you can already type easily on it massive display.This is a complete deal breaker for me.Now I have to get the Icrap 5.ATT Blows!
72. 5G (unregistered)
You don't necessarily have to get that....that is, if you're willing to wait until around the holiday time this year. Wait for like the Holiday or Prime instead...
But even then, I'm a bit worried about at&t being lazy with releasing "real" phones....