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LTE variants of Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 are announced by the manufacturer

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LTE variants of Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 are announced by the manufacturer
What could be better than the Samsung Galaxy S II for Android lovin' power users? How about an LTE enabled variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, pumping out data at 4G speed? The Korean based manufacturer has officially announced LTE variants of both the hottest Android phone of the summer-the Samsung Galaxy S II-and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet. According to Samsung's president and the head of its mobile communications business, the LTE speed on both devices theoretically runs as high as 100Mbps down and 50Mbps up which is 5 times faster than HSPA+ speeds. Shin says that a 4 minute long MP3 track can be downloaded in .3 seconds and a feature length film in 2 minutes.

The LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S II has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor under the hood with a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED+ display for your viewing pleasure. Android 2.3 is installed and an 8MP camera on back will  capture HD video. Eight devices can connect with the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE via Wi-Fi, allowing for quick syncing of data between other devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE offers an 8.9 inch screen (natch!) with an 8.6mm thin design. That works out to being .2mm thinner than the Apple iPad 2. At 455g, this is one of the lightest "full-sized" tablets in the market and will have a dual-core 1.5GHz processor making sure that everything is done quickly. Back and front-facing shooters come in at 3MP and 2MP respectively and video is captured by the rear camera at 720p.

Hopefully we will get pricing information and availability dates from Samsung this coming week. And did we see a glimmer of hope from the Verizon faithful in regard to the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE?

source: Samsung (translated) via Engadget

Front and back of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE (R)
Front and back of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE (R)
Front and back of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE (R)

Front and back of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE (R)


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posted on 28 Aug 2011, 12:42 5

1. iphonesuckslol (unregistered)


Nice this mod to the phone is to ensure the win against the ifailphone 5. Ifailphone 5 along with all of its lemmings will be speaking to the galaxys breeze.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 12:42 2

2. osanilevich (Posts: 245; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


Its everything you could want from a phone! I would prefer a keyboard but with 4.5 inches of Super AMOLED Plus awsomeness, I won't miss a qwerty that much

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 12:47 1

3. sg2releasealready (unregistered)


Sweet however the question is this for the U.S. release as well or just overseas...

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 12:51 2

4. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


lol, to all those who said the S2 will not be getting LTE.... take that BIATCHES!!!! lol I feel like returning my current SGS2 and buying this..... meh, i'll buy it anyway :)
oh and the nexus prime after that too.
and yet, Sammy manages to fit an LTE chip in a slimmer handset than the iP4... I guess Apple doesn't know how to use LTE.... meh, it's expected, apple sucks anyways

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 15:11

15. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


who said this is thinner than the iPhone 4?

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 17:27 1

19. dinodxynez (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


all you need to do is Google it: Samsung 8.49mm thin and iCrap is 9.3mm - Did you think iCrap was thinner because Apple says its the thinnest phone on the market? You'd be surprised at how many other lies Apple has you believing!

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 17:43 2

22. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


yeah, that's a regular Galaxy S II guy. the LTE version is no doubt thicker. i don't take any company's word on anything. i actually do my research. don't ever mistake me for a sheep.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 17:30

20. dinodxynez (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


Read up a little more:http://www.intomobile.com/2011/04/25/samsung-touts-slimness-galaxy-s2-latest-ad/

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 18:46 1

23. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that is for the not LTE model. As an anecdote Apple refused LTE this go around because the chipset was too big and it would have compromised its design.

Until its confirmed one way or another you should assume its going to have SOME effect on its thickness. Notice how it didnt say "worlds thinnest phone now has LTE"?

Well hopefully this is the verizon variant and everyone can go home happy with their SGS2 now.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 12:52

5. exynosisBEST (unregistered)


is it exynos because dualcore s3 suckballs

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 13:01

6. doubler86 (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


I'll get both of these as soon as they come to the US.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 13:02

7. FreeStanler (unregistered)


Will the S2 have one 1.5 GHz or a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor?

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 13:22

9. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/28/galaxy-s-ii-lte-and-galaxy-tab-8-9-lte-announced-set-to-debut-a/
check the same spec on engadget,it says dual core 1.5GHz processor

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 13:02

8. rupst2 (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


so an infuse with LTE. No LTE here for a couple years so I'm quite happy with my infuse. A phone 4.5 or bigger with 720p resolution will be the only thing to get me to switch.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 13:30

10. dbexec (unregistered)


1.5Ghz dual-core

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 13:37

11. hmmmminteresting (unregistered)


Please COME To VERIZON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 14:04 1

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


its not Verizon has already announced it won't be getting the sgs2.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 15:49

17. hmmminteresting (unregistered)


yea i know... just wishing :D.. i wonder what the samsung stratosphere is going to be like

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 18:47 1

24. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it never said it wasnt. people read too much into it. when they were asked the question, the VZW rep redirected them to their current lineup.. nothing more.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 19:35 1

25. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


You realize the heading said variants of the galaxy s2 right??

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 14:19 1

13. Andman314 (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


just wait for the htc vigor. It looks like a really nice phone. I'm a big fan of htc.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 15:09

14. Britneyj (unregistered)


I'm just wondering if this phone and this tablet ever made it to the US on either Verizons LTE network or at&ts upcoming LTE network will Verizon LTE and at&ts LTE network get speeds like those? 100 mbps and 50 mbps do they support those speeds?

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 15:16

16. JaCar (unregistered)


All the current LTE phones are capable of 100mbps down and 50mbps up. Those are Category 3 LTE devices, however, the Cell providers would need to have 40mhz of spectrum 2X20Mhz and not very many in the world have that. Swedish LTE providers do, and Clearwire in the U.S. does, but they don't even have LTE deployed.
So 100/50mbps is just a marketing gimmick.
To put it in the prospective, Verizon has 2X10Mhz deployed nationwide, AT&T and MetroPCS much less.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 16:40 1

18. firebo14 (Posts: 77; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


100Mbps down: 12.5MB per second :]
50Mbps up: 6.25MB

Wow, that is very fast. You can download a 1GB file in about 80 seconds.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 17:40

21. k1ng617 (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Too bad 1.5ghz means it won't be an Exynox processor and most likely a Ti something or other. If comparos on youtube hold water i'd rather have the exynox

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 19:53

26. fzerowing (unregistered)


I so hope to god that this rendition of the LTE SGS2 arrives on VZW.
I been on the line between Bionic or SGS2 but if this is confirmed on VZW's lineup soon then I am willing to wait for a while longer and pic this awesome piece of hardware up.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 20:18

28. TechAddict (unregistered)


why do you do this to me samsung?! You finally announce that you're bringing the GSII stateside and then you go and make an even better phone with LTE that we probably wont have until next year!!

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 21:06

29. TABLETS SUCK (unregistered)


Until tablets have quad/hex cores AND a beastly GPU(laptop style GPU, maybe a GTX 570 or somethin) tablets will are USELESS. People who buy them don't know how to spend their money. Seriously it's an oversized phone. Stop throwing your money away and put your(clearly) dumbass through school.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 21:38

30. Aceron (unregistered)


Will the tablet version have phone capability? Currently verizon tablets do not act as phones.... dumb!

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 22:15

31. Forsaken77 (Posts: 548; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I was holding out for the GSII but now I see the HTC Holiday is a 4.5" qHD, 1.5Ghz dual-core w/1 gig of ram powerhouse also. The Holiday has the same exact specs as the GSII exept for the screen difference and I believe qHD is the best on the market. And the Holiday is supposed to be one of AT&T's first LTE phones. I think I may go with that instead exept I'll prolly have to wait till the HOLIDAYS ;)

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 23:42

32. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


in my opinion qHD really isn't THAT much better than WVGA. Super AMOLED+ on the other hand looks pretty amazing and is worth considering with it's amazingly true blacks and power efficiency. unless the Holiday has an MSM8960 then it still won't compete with the Galaxy S II and it's Exynos.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 02:21

33. Forsaken77 (Posts: 548; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I've never seen qHD in person. I have a Samsung Captivate now so I know how the super amoled looks, just not the "plus" version. The other thing is that I've seen how piss-poor the updating has been for these phones from Samsung. None of the carriers have their original Galaxy-S phones updated to 2.3 yet and even Froyo was like pulling teeth. HTC is MUCH better as far as updating their hardware in a timely manner. Though I do like Samsungs' phones better.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 04:32

34. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


oh yeah, i completely understand your concern. that's why when the Galaxy S II was announced i didn't look into it because Samsung didn't really deliver any real superior features or specs over competing phones like the Droid X and the EVO 4G with the original Galaxy S series and on top of that it's lack of updates but i saw much hype over the Galaxy S II after it's early rumors and over the course of a few weeks it made me curious so i checked it out to see what all the fuss is about and i can assure you it's justified. it's better than nearly everything across the board with exceptions like the Droid Bionic being that it's an LTE phone something the Galaxy S II is not (at least not in the U.S. anyway as far as we know) that's the closest to being as powerful as the Galaxy S II.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 04:01

36. N.P.M.G (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


does this mean that this will be released worldwide?????:)
Just asking:)

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