Samsung Galaxy S II confirmed for July touch down at Verizon (UPDATE: It was a miscommunication)

Samsung Galaxy S II confirmed for July touch down at Verizon (UPDATE: It was a miscommunication)
An email from a Verizon spokeswomen to ComputerWorld confirms that Big Red will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S II sometime next month. The handset is considered one of the best if not the best smartphone currently available, and as we reported, is ultimately expected to launch on 3 of the top 4 U.S. carriers with only T-Mobile expected to be left out. The phone will be known as the Samsung Galaxy S II Function at Verizon. The email said that the phone would be released in July but added that there is no exact launch date just yet.

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

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Galaxy S II
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)



1. zach44

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No 4g? Why? That's dumb

4. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 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: Jun 07, 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: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nope. Still going strong with anywhere from 5 to 15 Mbps. You still lose.

49. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 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: May 19, 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: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh yeah...3G does 14Mbps. Have you tried either?

20. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 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?

58. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

You sir speak some good wisdom.

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.

90. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

i don't even use 3g with my N82 :D

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: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 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: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

But the Bionic will be both, and will come out around the same time as the GS2.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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 & 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 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 in under 7 seconds with Flash? I love 4G. I hate using 3G now. I am totally spoiled!

28. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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 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: May 10, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: May 10, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: May 10, 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.

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