Samsung Galaxy S II finally announced for US, due out mid-September

Samsung Galaxy S II finally announced for US, due out mid-September
The press releases came out just as the Samsung event was starting, so we knew some details before Samsung even announced it, but now we know most of the details. The Galaxy S II is officially coming to the US, and will launch on three of the four major carriers. Let's break it down. First, we'll take a look at the official specs that should be the same across carriers, then get into the carrier specific variations. 

The Samsung Galaxy S II will feature: 

  • Samsung Exynos™ 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP, rear camera w/auto-focus and flash, capable of recording video in 1080p HD 
  • 2MP, front camera
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • Voice Talk by Vlingo™ for voice commands including: voice dial, text message, navigation, music, web browsing and search
  • Task Manager to view and close the applications and to check on memory usage via the Task Manager widget
  • Screenshot feature by pressing the power button and the home key simultaneously (something Apple will surely consider suing over)
  • Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface provides "superior multitasking and customization for an enhanced visual and intuitive smartphone experience"
  • HDMI out, Smart Adapter connects to any HDTV with video through the Media Hub at 480i (DVD quality)
  • Motion UX, 6-axis gyroscope, proximity, light, noise 
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Enterprise functionality including hardware-based encryption, SSL VPN support and Microsoft Exchange Activesync integration
  • microSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card
  • Bluetooth 3.0

The Sprint variant will be called the Epic 4G Touch, and will be available September 16th for $199. It will feature: 

  • 4.52" Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 3G/4G mobile hotspot
  • 1800 mAh battery
The AT&T variant will launch September 18th. No price has been given. It will feature:

  • 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 4G - HSPA+
  • 1650 mAh battery

The T-Mobile variant doesn't have a launch date or price yet. It will feature:

  • 4.52" Super AMOLED display

We'll update with more info as it comes. Don't forget to keep checking for our hands-on from the event. 



1. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yerp, Epic 4G Touch FTW. i figured they'd all be pretty much the same as each other and i'm glad they came to the States with Exynos. the Droid 3 has officially been dethroned from being the most powerful Android Smartphone in the states.

11. wolfordtw

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

about Fu*king time. Go sprint. Layeth the smacketh down.

31. thatoneguy... unregistered

lol the droid 3 was never the most powerful android phone that would be that- 1, G2x 2, Motorola photon 3, Evo 3d or droid 3 4, atrix or sensation or Droid X2 P.s i don't care about benchmarks only real world use

41. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well i'm not talking about real world use. in terms of power the Droid 3 was the most powerful Android phone you could get here. if you wanna know which ones perform better in real life usage it would be 1. G2x 2. Droid 3 3. EVO 3D 4. Photon 4G 5. Sensation 4G.

45. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

Droid 3 would be like 5th on my list. Wasn't impressed at all.

47. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well too bad because it's really powerful and i'm pretty addicted to how nice it is stock. i do have the V6 SuperCharger kernel on mine and most of the bloatware is gone so mine runs better than probably any you've ever used.

48. thatoneguy... unregistered

doesn't the G2x get better scores than the Droid 3 in quadrant and other benchmarks making it the most powerful android phone?

51. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

not really. for one thing it's stock and the best i've seen it get is somewhere in the 2700-2800 range on Quadrant and i've peaked out slightly over 2700 on my own Droid 3 before i modified it and it has an overlay and half the RAM (even though it's dual-channel) the basis of my claim comes from the fact that until the Droid Bionic and the LG Thrill 4G comes with their OMAP4430's then the Droid 3 being the only phone here with it is the most powerful because the OMAP4430 is second only to Exynos in terms of raw performance.

55. thatoneguy... unregistered

I've used the Lg thrill (the European version) and i didn't notice a difference between it and my evo 3d and that saying something because supposedly my phone uses some ancient dual core processor that every body seems to hate. But i im agreeing with you the G2x is pure android so it wouldn't be a fare

53. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Thumper is correct. The droid 3's over all power is much higher than the sensation. it would go like this 1) SGS2 2) LG 3D, Droid 3 3) G2X, Atrix 4) evo 3d, sensation. WOOO HOOO EXYNOS :)

64. thatoneguy... unregistered

most powerful phones in the world would be 1, SGS2 2, G2X, photon 4g 3, Evo 3d, droid 3 and atrix 4, sensation, my touch 4g slide and droid X2 5, LG thrill--------> (reason why its last is because of its touch screen don't believe me look it up on phonedog review not responsive at all)

65. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

evo3d, sensation, mytouch4g slide are the same phone. one has 3d, one has a big screen, one has a keyboard. hardware and software are almost identical otherwise. LG thrill's touchscreen issues have nothing to do with how powerful it is. seems more like a "my faves" list than a power list. photon, droid3, and LG thrill all have the same chipset and similar ram setup. the only difference is OS.

70. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

indeed. he meant the Bionic not the Photon. Photon < Bionic

71. thatoneguy... unregistered

ok can you explain to me how the G2x is 3rd when its only second to the sgs2 in term of performance wise? Also i know for a fact the photon is way faster than the droid 3 because I've used both and one more thing are we basing it of spec list or benchmark and real life use??

73. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the G2X runs the Tegra2 chipset, which is 3rd most powerful. chipset power: exynos (sgs2) > Bionic (OMAP) > G2X (Tegra2) > Evo3d/sensation (snapdragon)

74. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

xD i think you're getting confused. i'll break it down as cleanly as possible for you. 1. Galaxy S II - Samsung's Exynos = King, all lonely at the top. 2. Droid Bionic, Droid 3 & LG Thrill 4G (Optimus 3D in Europe) - Texas Instrument's OMAP4430 = second only to Exynos. 3. G2x, Photon & Atrix - Nvidia's Tegra II = 3rd best, okay but still behind the OMAP4. the G2x can give any of the mentioned OMAP packing phone a run for it's money in benchmarks because it's stock Android and commonly puts out scores towards the best of what the Tegra II can dish out whereas on phones like the Photon, Droid 3 and even the Sensation 4G benchmarks will fluctuate because of slight software bogging. 4. EVO 3D & the Sensation 4G - Qualcomm's MSM8660 (S3) = worst dual-core chip set but is not so apparent behind HTC's fine job with Sense.

80. thatoneguy... unregistered

ohh so were basing it only on the processors.... isn't that kinda stupid because like i said before i used the LG thrill and didn't notice a deference when compared to my evo 3d but im not trying to argue with you i know the exynos is the best followed by the OMAP and so on.. All im saying is there is sooooo much more to what contributes how powerful a phone is besides the processor for example software, ram etc..

81. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

software doesn't attribute to how much power a phone has. advanced users like remixfa and i mostly just care about the raw power and potential of a phone, then we consider build quality and then we consider software. say you're a regular CM user and you just want the most raw power you can get for running your favorite ROM then you only consider the processor, RAM, etc. because take away the software and that's what you have. that's how you determine how a phone is technically "better" but you still may want something else that feels better to you and that's fine but also consider the phone's raw power because after a while you'll notice the extents of your phone's capabilities then when you realize you may have made a bad choice you'll wish you had gotten more bang for your buck when your friend with the Galaxy S II is playing the next coolest game smooth as silk while your EVO 3D studders through every level and that exact situation is actually pretty possible.

83. thatoneguy... unregistered

hahaha ok im done arguing with you guys you seem to know a lot more about this kinda of stuff than me BUT one thing i can assure you is my Evo 3d is no slug i don't care what you guys say about how slow the processor is i've done every kinda of hard core gaming, flash enabled websites, and watching videos on it and see no lag what so ever plus if i could live with my palm pre 600mghz processor for two years i could handle my Evo 3d 1.2 dual core for the next two years to come.

84. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i'm not saying it's slow in general. it's a very fast phone but in comparison to like the Galaxy S II and the Droid 3 it's kinda slow.

86. thatoneguy... unregistered

Benchmark wise its kinda slow compared to the droid 3 and sgs2 but real world use there the same ok im not gonna lie the sgs2 is a bit faster like two or three seconds the most but the droid 3 and evo 3d are a dead tie

88. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah when you're navigating through the interface but while doing more extensive things like video playback and games the Droid 3 excels over the EVO 3D.

90. thatoneguy... unregistered

LoL how about we just agree to disagree?

105. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

xD sure.

107. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what thump3r said. lol. i think he covered those bases pretty well. if you ask what is the most powerful, we gave you that list. anything else is user preference on overlays as well as manufacturers bogging down the chipset with their overlays and bloatware. Neither of which are power related.

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

AT&T's samsung will have a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display?? Wtf !!! I wanted the 4.5" screen!!!!!!! Damn!!!!!

5. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

Infuse for you? :3

25. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

The AT&T version looks nearly identical to the infuse minus .2 inches.

59. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and +1000 horsepower. lol. dont complain over .2 inches.. rejoice that the phone isnt using a darn snapdragon processor like they kept trying to tell us it might! :)


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I'll be switching to sprint next month =]

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