Samsung Galaxy S II confirmed for July touch down at Verizon (UPDATE: It was a miscommunication)
With a 1.2GHz dual-core processor making sure that the phone is humming, the Galaxy S II is equipped with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display. An 8MP camera around the back captures video at 1080p while a 2MP front facing camera is useful for self-portraits and video chats (remember when 2MP cameras were on the back of a handset?). Android 2.3.3 is pre-installed with TouchWiz on top. With a sleek and slim body, the Samsung Galaxy S II has scored some amazing numbers on the Quadrant Benchmark test and videos of its super speedy browser have been a mainstay on YouTube for a couple of months.
The news that Verizon will be offering its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II is bound to electrify Big Red's customers. Although the phone will not be enabled for the LTE 4G network, it probably won't matter to potential buyers as the device has already proven itself to be speedy over 3G pipelines.
After all this, guess what? There was a miscommunication and the device actually coming out in July at Verizon is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, not the Samsung Galaxy S II. Apparently, someone at Verizon goofed. Nevermind!
source: ComputerWorld via IntoMobile
4. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
Why does 4G even matter? 4G isn't that much better than 3G in the first place//
8. Alex-af (unregistered)
You are SO wrong.
If you're talking about AT&T 4g then yeah, I agree. But LTE network is 10X+ faster then 3G on verizon.
I will never pick up a non-LTE device again, not after experiencing it with the thunderbolt, and this isn't an exception.
I was really hoping I don't have to go with motorolla to get that dual core LTE goodness, but I guess I have to now. What a shame.
30. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
YOURE the one thats wrong, they WERE fast, I saw speeds on a Thunderbolt of up to 12mbps, that is until everyone started getting the phones, now as weve all heard, their speeds decreased drastically, more people are connecting to the same towers, cluttering the 4G signal, just so you guys know, the 4G standard is supposed to be above 100mbps, in conclusion...NO ONE is even close to 4G, not even LTE
44. Non Partisan Man (unregistered)
The gov released a statement back in december(ish) saying that the advencements in mobile data speeds are not up to the predicted "4G" standards that were preconcieved before. This is true. But they also recognised that there were major advancements in the techonolgies used (namely, LTE and HSPA+) and that the current technology (LTE ONLY) would fall under the classification of a 4G network.
I say this unbiased, as i am a Tmobile G2 user. (got 6.8mbps speed test just now fyi) I believe in the capabilities of the LTE networks, i also believe that increasing the current HSPA+ capabilities are essential for people who dont have LTE. It's always good to have a strong secondary system to rely on. This is why (though i could be swolling my words later) i believe that AT&T has the best game plan as of now. They're covering all the bases with a strong HSPA+ Network currently and a (YES) up and running LTE network as the primary data stream. though no phones have been released for AT&T which support thier LTE network, it is indeed there and running.
That being said, as of now Verizon's LTE is the best if you want a phone NOW with fast web. In the future, AT&T might be the better bet.
There's always the possible 42mbps HSPA+ that Tmobile will be rolling out later this year. Who knows if that will benefit AT&T after the merger or not.... only the future will tell.
57. Gcombs (unregistered)
I agree AT&T is covering all bases with their 4G. With HSPA+ and LTE is a smart move. I also see why Verizon isn't releasing all their upcoming smartphones with LTE. Trying not to overload their LTE network.
106. tedkord (Posts: 8323; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Nope. Still going strong with anywhere from 5 to 15 Mbps. You still lose.
49. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
You are right. No 4G = FAIL!
Dude, don't stoop to Motorola's level, just wait until htc releases another LTE device (hopefully) by the end of this year. Who knows, maybe it will have the new 28nm quad core chipset?
56. box (unregistered)
It's true the Verizon's LTE is 10X faster than Verizon's 3G, but it's not 10X faster than HSPA+ on T-Mobile or AT&T... There's several GSM phones on the market which can reach 28.8 MB/s, just shy of the approximate 30 attainable on Verizon's LTE, and with T-Mobile deploying 42 MB/s later this year, LTE will be even less relevant, especially with the issues the Verizon phones have had switching from EVDO to LTE. I say stay with GSM for data speeds until LTE-Advanced comes out
82. oldbto (Posts: 18; Member since: 19 May 2010)
Really need to look at the Samsung Charge and compare I have had 3 HTC phone in a row the last being the Incredible. Just could not give up the Amoled display for anything else.
14. tedkord (Posts: 8323; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Oh yeah...3G does 14Mbps. Have you tried either?
20. choupino (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 May 2011)
@simplyj: "Why does 4G even matter? 4G isn't that much better than 3G in the first place"... Are you serious Dude?... You seriously need to do some research before putting Foot In Mouth My friend.
4G is the revolution... 4G LTE is a literal powerhouse. Give both 3G and 4G devices a "side by side" test and the results will be clear to you.
22. Jay (unregistered)
Verizon's 4G LTE is insane! It matters trust me! But only if you live in or around an LTE city. It makes no difference to me because I'm about 2 hours away from my nearest LTE city, but I was able to experience it first hand this past weekend and it is insane! Downloaded Angry Birds on both a 3G and LTE device and the LTE device had it downloaded and installed before the 3G device was at 10% downloaded! So to sum it up... it does matter and it is waaaay better then 3G. And yeah AT&T doesn't even have 4G,they have HSPA+ which isnt 4G. Why do you think they are working so hard to get their own LTE towers turned on?
25. Debbie (unregistered)
Since I am already paying the extra 10 on Sprint why not, even if I don't have 4g in my area having a 3g windows/android/bb/instinct phone is the same plan wise as a 4g. Got to get your $$$ worth, even if you don't use 4g or have it in your area at least you can have that option when you are.
108. wise1 (unregistered)
Verizon's LTE is so far superior to att and t-mo. I have tried them all with every device as a field tester and there is no Verizon comparison. Seriously folks, Verizon is MUCH faster that the others 4g.
15. tedkord (Posts: 8323; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Because Verizon doesn't want their devices to be too useful - then you'd use it more, and tax their system. Right now, Verizon gives you a choice - dual core or 4G. You can't have both.
19. jroc74 (Posts: 5732; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
But the Bionic will be both, and will come out around the same time as the GS2.
26. tedkord (Posts: 8323; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Eventually they'll have to go 4g and dual core. They're just trying to put it off as long as possible.
21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4767; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I agree, this beast is not 4G LTE but the Droid Charge is? WHAT? I can't believe that Verizon Wireless & Samsung are ACTUALLY entertaining this idea for the most powerful phone on the market? Hey I can promise you this Sprint's Galaxy S II (Epic 4G 2) will definitely be 4G. Wow if this happens Sprint AGAIN will have the 2 most powerful phones ON 4G. Shit sorry 3 phones the HTC Evo 3D, Samsung Epic 4G 2, & Motorola Photon 4G. WHAT A LINEUP! It’s like America’s Most Wanted for phones. I just can't believe that Verizon is going to do this. I am flabbergasted. I am so glad Sprint makes their BEAST phones 4G. I can't wait to get my HTC Evo 3D on the 24th & then get my wife the Samsung Epic 4G 2 when it comes out! I feel bad for the Verizon customer who wanted the Samsung Galaxy S II in 4G. My friend just texted me he is devastated. Poor guy that’s the phone he really wanted & Verizon pulled the carpet right from underneath him! lol He said Verizon shot him in the heart! lol
24. duh (unregistered)
Nobody has true 4g Ltd or true "4g" hspa+. True 4g is 100 megabytes per second and hspa+ is 84 megabytes per second. Verizon Ltd is anywhere from 5-12 megabytes per second. Have this conversation in 2 years when fourth generation wireless tech is close to true 4g
32. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4767; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yes but the standard was dropped so it would include the 4G that we have here in the United States of America. Look it up, it was an article posted on PhoneArena.com & almost every other source of media. Sprint's WiMAX is 10 times faster than EVDO Rev. A. My friend just got a Droid X 2 & my HTC Evo 4G kills it. His Droid X 2 takes 40 seconds to load PhoneArena.com with Flash enabled. My HTC Evo 4G takes 17 seconds to load the same website Flash enabled also. His phone is dual-core on 3G. Mine is a single-core on 4G. Imagine the HTC Evo 3D with its 1.2 GHz dual-core on 4G. My speed tests on average are 5-10 mbps. My good friend's HTC Thunderbolt is consistently about 3-5 seconds faster than my HTC Evo 4G. When the HTC Evo 3D comes out I am confident that the difference will be made up because of the dual-core. Heck it SHOULD even faster, until the Droid Bionic comes out then it will be back to 3-5 seconds faster because it’s on a level playing field. (2 dual-core phones) At those speeds I am not complaining. Can you imagine loading PhoneArean.com in under 7 seconds with Flash? I love 4G. I hate using 3G now. I am totally spoiled!
28. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the EVO 3D isn't even that fast, nobody has heard of your Epic 2 or seen the Photon yet and the chances of Sprint's version getting WiMax is pretty slim too.
37. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4767; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
You’re kidding right? They announced those phones. You think I am making this up? Of course they are 4G. Why make the only Galaxy S phone the Epic 4G, 4G & not it's successor. The Vibrant was released in 4G by T-Mobile way after the Epic 4G got a 9.5 on PhoneArena.com. Really? You know they announced the Motorola Photon 4G we spoke about that for a long time I remember. So what are you trying to say? The HTC Evo 3D is fast, & with the WiMAX 4G it will be the fastest until the Droid Bionic Comes out. The HTC Sensation got a 9 & they clearly said it’s a FAST phone. The HTC Evo 3D is a better phone because it has 1 GB of RAM. That makes the phone FASTER! You know this! They call it the MOTOROLA PHOTON 4G, so why won't it be 4G. Why is it a slim chance? I can't believe your are saying that. You are smarter that what you just posted.
45. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'm not saying any of them BUT the Galaxy S II won't be 4G. if Samsung decides to make a "successor" to the Epic 4G it won't be like the Galaxy S II you're looking forward to. i don't think that'll happen anyway, Sprint will probably just get an iteration of the 4.3" slab that everyone else is getting. i'm saying not enough is known about the Photon to put it in a league above everything else yet. there's no doubt the EVO 3D and the Sensation are FAST phones but not fast enough to take the spot light from other dual-core phones in terms of speed like the G2x and the Atrix. if you look at the big picture Sprint's best offerings won't be anything to jump ship for. i wasn't really that impressed with either of HTC's offerings to be truthful. don't get me wrong HTC does a good job with Sense and their phones but they're just not as exciting as Samsung and Motorola is right now. the reason i think the iteration of GS II that's coming to Sprint won't have 4G is because it would make them have to compromise the design too much. to have a 4.3" slider would be kind of ridiculous and i don't think they're going to make any screen size cuts also to have a 4G radio would make it pretty thick and it's thinness is one of the more attractive things about it.
52. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4767; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
How do you justify that Samsung's version of the Galaxy S II won't be 4G? Why do you feel that way? The only Galaxy S phone that was 4G was the Epic 4G from the very beginning. It was recent that the Vibrant 4G came out? The other Samsung 4G phone is the Droid Charge. That is basically a Samsung Galaxy S with a Super AMOLED + screen with LTE. Why would Samsung & Sprint take a backward step? Can you please explain that to me. It just makes no sense. The Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II will be 4G. Hopefully it’s called the Samsung Epic 4G 2 or just the Epic 2. The Epic 2 is going to be a phone with a full keyboard like the original Epic 4G so the WiMAX radio will be a non issue. The Epic 4G is a 4 inch slider, so why would a .3 inch difference be ridiculous? Thump3rDX17 what's up with you! It's only logical what I am trying to tell you. This makes sense!
59. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
if they do go the way you say they are then i think it won't be as nice as the Galaxy S II that we've seen. i'm defiantly remaining skeptical until this "Epic II" is announced. don't you think if Samsung was going to change the Galaxy S II to accommodate needs for carrier's 4G networks that they would've done so for the carrier with the fastest? that doesn't make any sense. just trying to give you a little reality check here man, Sprint isn't taking over the world right now so calm down.
98. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4767; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Thump3rDX17, The Samsung Epic 4G was not as thin as the Vibrant, Captivate, & Fascinate. It was a slider & it sold extremely well. People know the sliders are always bulkier, but that is fine because they have a physical keyboard. The Epic 4G was more powerful than the Droid & Droid 2. It was also super fast because of WiMAX. The same is going to happen with the Galaxy S II. They are going to make it 4G with WiMAX, because if they don't the HTC Evo 3D & the Motorola Photon 4G will eat it alive. They might as well not release a Galaxy S II if it's not 4G. The original HTC Evo 4G will be faster because of 4G. To me speed is all about the web & a 3G Galaxy S II is pointless compared to a 4G original HTC Evo. Sprint won't do that & their history implies they won't do that. So sorry to tell you but your inference is wrong. Sprint WILL not take a backward step. They have too much to lose & it would not a business savvy move either!
104. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
maybe so but i can't help but feel making the Galaxy S II a slider will make it lose appeal being that it'll be the thinnest Android smartphone in the U.S, i wouldn't be at all interested in a Galaxy S II slider. the Epic 4G was not more powerful than the Droid 2, the OMAP3630 was the best benchmark producing processor in a phone at the time and that's what the Droid 2 has. i average out at like 1500-1600 in Quadrant with my Droid 2. the Hummingbird was pretty disappointing in everything. great GPU and frame rates but not powerful. 4G kind of gave it an edge but the Droid 2 has edges too. don't you think that would be the case with Verizon too? think. at the same time you're explaining why it wouldn't make sense for Sprint to NOT have 4G in their Galaxy S II you're also proving how much it doesn't make sense that Verizon is getting a 3G variant. last year Verizon didn't have a 4G network going so it's not the same as with the original Galaxy S. this might be a decision SAMSUNG has made, not necessarily Sprint or Verizon, maybe they decided they wanted to keep the phone slim and have it maintain battery life efficiently. i would actually prefer it to be 3G myself. people still need phones that can do them close to a day without the charger having to come to mind.
47. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i agree with your comment to the unregistered guy though. it's a good point.
50. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
I am definitely siding with SuperAndroidEvo on this one! It doesn't seem like Thump3r knows very much about Sprint...It's like SAE stated before, when the Galaxy S hit the states last year, it was the only one to have 4G. Plus it had other enhancements like a front facing camera and slide out keyboard. There's no telling how the successor to the Epic will be different than the other Galaxy S II phones... If Verizon's version is anything like last year, then it will be the shittiest version. Lolol the Fascinate Lolol Bing LMAO!
51. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
well if you want a 4.3" slider that's NOT the delicious thin beauty of a chocolate bar the Galaxy S II is now then go for it guy. you're probably right about Verizon getting the worst version because of Bing though and Verizon probably won't have the most crowded GS II stand in the bazaar. the only reason i would get the Galaxy S II is actually for my mum. TouchWiz is much too colorful for my taste. i'm going for the Droid 3 and the Bionic.
78. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
it wasnt that bad.. and gs2 is going to be google all the way. that and no one really will have to worry about the lack of updates root the damn phone and put cyanogenmod on it they are working on it now. so yeah other than the lack of 4g its the best out there.
85. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
hm, i dunno, hopefully that's the case but somehow i doubt it. well i've never used a Galaxy S II so to me the best phone out there (after checking out a Sensation) is the G2x. damn nice phone. i'd take that.
60. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
Come on now, Sprints "4G" isn't that much better than their 3G. If you compare WiMax to LTE, LTE will destroy it. I think Sprint does have and will continue to have some very nice phones but the most powerful phones cant be used when describing a phone that has WiMax on board.
99. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4767; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Look I live in a strong WiMAX & LTE city. My good friend has a HTC Thunderbolt & I have an HTC Evo 4G. His phone IS consistently 3-5 seconds faster when loading the same site. Whether it's PhoneArena.com, IGN.com, NFL.com, MLB.com, AndroidAndMe.com & so on. LTE indeed is faster, but the 3-5 second difference is not like the difference between 3G & 4G. I am fine with that. I sleep real good. Now a 3G Galaxy S II WILL be slower than my 4G HTC Evo. This is a single-core Vs. a dual-core. 3G IS that much slower. I am so cool with WiMAX, it IS slower than LTE but only 3-5 seconds slower so about it destroying WiMAX sorry but you are WRONG! Play with the Sprint WiMAX phone & see for yourself. Once more people jump on Verizon’s LTE network it should start to slow it down because of the extra traffic it has! A 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, HTC Sense 3.0 & WiMAX 4G HTC Evo 3D is not a powerful phone then what is? Mr. N.Reynolds you are delusional!
105. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i've told you this before SuperAndroid, loading web pages isn't the only thing that matters on our phones. LTE has better support for Live Gaming, Video Playback and other things. in cellular speed testing 3-5 seconds is kind of destroying. that's not even that far off from the difference between WiMAX and 3G (at least a good 3G network like AT&T's) and don't act like those things make the phone clearly better because it's not, i'm not impressed with the Dual-Core the EVO 3D and the Sensation use, Android 2.3 is spreading out finally and Sense isn't in it's own league like it once was. the only thing wrong with you SuperAndroidEvo is you get too hyped about Sprint's offerings and you talk trash sometimes.
27. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it would compromise the design too much. to add a 4G radio Samsung would have to make it pretty thick like the Charge is. that's probably the whole reasoning behind the Droid Charge.
31. Tyler Durden (unregistered)
It's possible that they can't fit current LTE chips inside of the Galaxy II... It's pretty thin compared to the current LTE equipped phones out there.
35. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
exactly! i'd rather it stay 3G and keep it's slimline looks and battery life than to have LTE speeds. there's the Charge for that and it's not even that bad, speed could be better but i think that'll be improved once it gets Gingerbread or if Samsung decides to just skip Gingerbread at this point in time and start on an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade.
80. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
the charge is great after you kill touchwiz and put adw or launcher pro plus on it. smooth as a whistle at least on the home screens and app pages
I didnt really get a lot of time to play with it but i did get a test speed of 29.7mbs down.
84. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
well you're in a good area then. i peak out at like 19 megabits per second down here in FL and we're blanketed pretty well. o:
94. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
there are a few ways to boost that with selected power settings. and killed apps
if you are really good boosts can be up to 32.
but its not consistant. other apps can take away from it depending on what your doing. for me 4g would allow me to get on my next project faster instead of it taking 5 min it would take me 2. not much of a difference sometime other than the random drop outs of 3g. and i cant use voice while im waiting
2. jackson1988 (unregistered)
i had bought iphone4 fromhttp://www.ecgoon.com .you mean i will quit?
3. Geno989 (unregistered)
5. alec (unregistered)
YESSSSS my upgrade is in july
6. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)
Man, this just had to come out now. I have to get a new phone within the week, what do you suggest I do? Take advantage of the returns program, get a Droid X2 for 29 days and hope the SSGII is out. Dam this sucks.
7. Allday28 (Posts: 282; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
you only have 14 days now with verizon. They got rid of the 30 days a couple months ago.
12. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)
Dang, maybe I should get a cheap feature phone and activate with no commitment and upgrade when I get the phone. Or make the girlfriend wait another month. I think it's worth it to me
53. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
do you have a Verizon phone? Don't you get a discount with ATT?
63. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)
Lol, the company I work for gives a better discount through Verizon. 18% at ATT and 21% at Verizon. Not sure who thought that one up. The company does nothing and is not affiliated with Verizon at all. So i'm not sure how that works. Verizon works better in my area anyways
73. protozeloz (Posts: 5393; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
sorry.... I had to laugh, nothing personal but knowing most people I know from companies usually use the brand they work for (phone companies in general I mean) I remember joking with friends with stuff like how hard it would be to enter on your company work shirt (logo and stuff) to buy a phone from another company, just had it pictured....
also you may want to try Google voice? and just get a new line when your phone comes out and have it ported to Google voice the concept its nice... wished it worked outside US :(
9. zach44 (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Verizons 4g matters because it is extremely fast compared to their sucky 3G and I live in a 4g area too
10. MalakiMills (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)
Damn, if this was LTE I would be at the store as soon as it opened to get this, really was my dream phone, but now I guess i'll either wait for some other dual core monster to come out that is 4G, besides the bionic that is, or hold to onto my thunderbolt I got of ebay.
13. HURRAYFINALLY (unregistered)
Finally..... Even though its 3G it's still going to be a bad *** phone... i been waiting for this since december so..... Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Samsung Galaxy S2 or the Bionic tsh tsh..
16. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
!! i guess ima have to get the AT&T one when it comes out and just unlock it
17. jinwons (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
Hmm, where does the source say it won't have 4G? Don't read too much into phonearena's speculation.
18. Matt (unregistered)
Phone Arena has the GSII for Verizon listed as LTE. Now in this article you are claiming it is not. You guys really have no idea, huh?