Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE unboxing and hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE unboxing and hands-on
First it was the original Samsung Galaxy S II setting the pace, then came along the trove of variants launched for the US that inched ever so better in the specs department, and ultimately it was the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that capped things off for the Korean based company. Nearly a year after its official debut, we’re finally checking out the latest member in the beloved family – the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE (yeah, that’s  mouth full in itself). At the core of it all is the same dreamy Galaxy S II model we all know very well by now, but it sports improvements such as a larger 4.65” HD (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED display, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. However, it’s worth noting that this juiced smartphone is only being made available overseas in Korea – though, a variant of it is coming to AT&T as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way, but the cool thing about the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE is that it’s able to maintain its relatively streamline construction – and it's actually only a hairline thicker than the original model. Aesthetically, it also maintains the design elements established by the original model, which isn’t a fresh looking thing in any way in this day and age. Typical Samsung, its all-plastic construction enables it to be comfortable to hold in the hand thanks to its lightweight feel, while resoundingly instilling us with some confidence with its overall sturdy feel.

With its 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display, we’re of course wide-eyed about its accompanying beauty, like its punchy color production and sharp details. Sure, some people might have some dissatisfaction knowing that it employs a PenTile matrix arrangement, but nevertheless, it’s detailed enough to wow our eyes even at a close distance. Beyond that, it exhibits all of the qualities found with Super AMOLED displays, like its wide viewing angles, high contrast, and an overall polarizing glow to capture our attention.

Under the hood, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU is providing all of the muscle power to run this bountiful phone, and from a cursory look, it seems to run in parallel to other Galaxy S II devices we’ve seen already. Moreover, when it’s packing support for LTE, there’s no arguing that it’s there to match its already establish high-end personality. And when you think about all the goodies stuffed into this bad boy, it’s absolutely amazing that they’re able to keep its body uniform at 9.5mm thick! Indeed there's a lot of like about this one, but considering there we're in the age of quad-cores, it'll be interesting to know if it'll be able to stay afloat and stay firm in the minds of consumers all around.



1. b4ckr3ad1ngth1ssh1t

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

sorry ill take my gnex over that :3

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gnex isn't all that I took mine back. The gs2 is better and doesn't even have 4.0 yet.

21. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

PowerVR SGX540. Now make your decision.

2. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Can i trade my white skyrocket with a black skyrocket hd?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

This is what should have came out some time ago. Too little too late with the SGS3 about to be announced. Not a bad device but it will be nothing compared to the SGS3.

5. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

And if you need a phone now, the GS3 isn't even relevant. God only knows when it'll be shown, it won't be at MWC so who knows when it'll be ready for sale.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Galaxy Nexus is way more future proof than this device.

7. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

The Galaxy Nexus is water proof? That is really cool.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I said FUTURE proof. Future does not = water. lol

23. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

ROFL, my bad. I half read it.

10. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

Don't make crazy assumptions that the SGS3 will be UBER AMAZING... you might be disappointed...

4. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

My G2 needed a HD screen it wouldve been the perfect phone the i9100 would be !!!

9. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

This is why I don't think there will be an additional GS 2 Plus... I feel like the GS 2 HD w/ LTE is the updated version of the GS 2. Next logical step (to me) is a GS 3... and like everyone else, hoping it comes out relatively soon after the announcement (zomg May?!). But don't worry, we'll all be disappointed when the GS 3 is announced and there are no US carrier release dates! ;)

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

this is just a refresh of the SKYROCKET/HERCULES line. Tmobile is expected to get a variant as well. Dont get your panties in a bunch, its still running the same 1.5ghz CRAPDRAGON CPU, but now with a higher resolution. That means performance is going to dive a bit. If it were running at least the new 4212 exynos (which is LTE capable) I'd be saying go ahead and buy it, but as it is.. crapdragon+high resolution = iffy performance. This is basically the Galaxy Nexus screen with a lesser chipset + better camera + TW4.

24. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

But the snapdragon version has better battery life for calls. Having everything in one cpu has its perks :)

12. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Gs2 blaze on tmobile.

14. justme

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

"an overall polarizing glow to capture our attention" ??? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow a SGSII without exynos.. hmmmm... what good are the exynos if only the iphone and the original original galaxies can have them....

16. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

only the lte and t-mo 42mb versions dont have exynos the rest do.since when did apple use the exynos chip?

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

apple has a variant... ask remix..I mean this one does not have the exynos.. neither is the Galaxy nexus.. and not sure but the ATT Note will not have the exynos... damm where is remix when you need him.... i dont speak geek...

18. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

as far as i know the the international s2,sprint s2,at&t original s2 and have the exynos.think it should be on all the variants but exynos is not usablle with some radios...hmmm iphone using exynos? i know samsung make the chips but they use diffirent gpu and are different clock speed,this is the first i have heard of apple using the exynos...would also like some clarification from someone

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I dont listen much to remix.. but i remember saying that the chip used in the iphone 4 is basically an exynos but with dif GPU... or something like that > i am a chicken i dont retain well...

20. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

well to be honest most of the chips uses arm ie ti,snap,a5,exyno,tegra but they just use different gpu and have slight modifications but lol am no tech ''nerd'' to not say that the a5 is not a form of the exynos chip

22. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

think I'm going to pick up a Skyrocket HD when it comes out.

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