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Samsung cancels the AT&T Galaxy SII Skyrocket HD

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Samsung cancels the AT&T Galaxy SII Skyrocket HD
If you were holding out from purchasing a new phone so you could pick up AT&T’s upcoming Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, a phone that was ostensibly going to be AT&T’s Touch Wizzed version of the Galaxy Nexus, then we have some bad news for you. While it was shown off to some fanfare at CES this last January, the phone has been cancelled.

That’s according Samsung’s Ryan Biden, who was speaking to The Verge earlier today. The reason for the cancellation is the upcoming Galaxy SIII. With a more-advanced Samsung flagship on the horizon that will be sporting a similarly large (and high def) screen and more advanced chipset, AT&T and Samsung did not feel that there was sufficient mind share to go around for both products to launch within a few months of one another.

We’re sure some of you that were hoping to get the Skyrocket HD will be disappointed that you will have to wait longer for an equivalent Samsung phone (although there’s always the HTC One X for the impatient amongst you), but we actually think Samsung should be commended for this decision; customers rightfully complain when similar phones are released back to back on a carrier in such a short period of time, much like the Droid Bionic->Droid RAZR->Droid RAZR MAXX sequence on Verizon last year.

So good for Samsung to stick to their strategy of fewer releases. And for those of you who do wait, you’ll be getting more device bang for your hard-earned buck.

source: The Verge

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posted on 09 May 2012, 18:06 5

1. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


I kinda had a feeling that the GSIII would kill this phone off. Sad. Had it had the Nexus display it would have been a hit. But oh well. Bring on the GSIII

posted on 09 May 2012, 18:22

2. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Good move - about time - remember the Droid RAZR - great phone...released a MAXX version in less than 3 months and an HD version was already announced....they need to start rolling all of these versions into one release.

posted on 09 May 2012, 18:36

6. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


The HD hasn't been announced. It has only been leaked. Currently the latest is the Motorola Razr Maxx which has yet to be released.

posted on 09 May 2012, 18:55

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


But the fact that we know the Maxx HD IS coming out is enough.

posted on 09 May 2012, 19:35 3

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


yea but we know about phones up to a year before they ever come out.

I think anything over 6 months from the last release is fair game. Technology moves at a rapid pace. There is no need to slow it down just to appease the feelings of people that already upgraded. If you always wait for the next best thing, u will never buy anything.

posted on 09 May 2012, 21:44 1

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


I agree with you Remix as long as it is an ACTUAL upgrade. For example, I dont consider the Droid RAZR MAXX an upgrade from the original RAZR. Yes it had a much bigger battery but honestly that is all. They should have just waited 2 months later and released it to begin with.

posted on 09 May 2012, 21:56 1

15. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


exactly...I do not mind releasing a newer and better Android phone multiple times a year, just make it different enough.

posted on 09 May 2012, 18:25 2

3. Birds (Posts: 1001; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


In an underlying way. This ultimately confirms that the GSIII will be dual core when it comes to America. lol

posted on 09 May 2012, 21:41 1

13. maxican16 (Posts: 363; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


My thoughts exactly.

posted on 09 May 2012, 18:33 2

4. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Thought that this should happen.
Now Sony, follow up and do the same with the Ion..or at least release it with bloody ICS

posted on 09 May 2012, 20:13 2

11. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Yeah AT&T and Sony should scratch the Ion and bring out the GX!

posted on 09 May 2012, 18:33

5. cGmC11 (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Yesss! Galaxy SIII for AT&T!

posted on 09 May 2012, 18:56 1

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


I can't say I am surprised or shocked.

posted on 09 May 2012, 18:59

9. I.P.H.O.N.E (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 May 2012)


I'm both.

posted on 09 May 2012, 21:29

12. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


I love Galaxy S3 pebble blue look like a brush aluminum from the ultra book.

posted on 09 May 2012, 23:31

16. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


In other words there probably wasn't a Samsung galaxy s2 skyrocket hd

posted on 10 May 2012, 00:27

17. rayman173 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Yeah...this is good....it would have definitely been harder for me to choose if this phone was released...... But for now my decision is between to gsIII and the Sony xperia Ion...that is if it ever decides to show up on at&t anytime soon

posted on 10 May 2012, 01:19

18. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


A ton of good Android phones coming out over the next few months leading into the Summer buying season. Would be nice to get to see the Sony GX hit the shores and compete with HTC and Samsung big guns.

Wonder if Motorola/Google has anything huge coming for the AT&T crowd?? A RAZR MAXX HD version under the Atrix name, maybe?

posted on 10 May 2012, 01:29 1

19. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It would certainly be awesome if they did. We get a lot more AT& T customers than any other carriers here, and it'd be nice to have a Motorola phone other than the Atrix 2 on its lineup.

posted on 10 May 2012, 02:22

20. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Certainly needs it. Moto is my favorite Android manufacturer, but it just seems to see AT&T as a 1 device a year relationship. The Atrix (which you have, right?) was a wonderful device. The Atrix 2 was good, but not a worthy followup. I thought the Photon on Sprint was better than the A2.

I think AT&T customers would go nuts for an Atrix MAXX HD.

posted on 10 May 2012, 09:21

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Agreed. The former most powerful phone in the world deserves another truly world class followup. And yes, with the way Motorola builds phones, and the Maxx's battery life, AT& T customers would buy.

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