Samsung cancels the AT&T Galaxy SII Skyrocket HD

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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21 Comments

1. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 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

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

6. Tatperson

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

7. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

14. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

13. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

My thoughts exactly.

4. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

11. redrooster13

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

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

5. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Yesss! Galaxy SIII for AT&T!

8. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I can't say I am surprised or shocked.

9. I.P.H.O.N.E

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2012

I'm both.

12. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

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

16. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

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

17. rayman173

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 21, 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

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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?

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

20. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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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