The Galaxy S II debuted in Europe and Asia earlier this year, and U.S. residents won’t have to wait much longer for the smartphone — it will hit store shelves next month.
Many Americans may be scratching their heads about why they should be interested — they’ve never heard of the original Galaxy S. This model was released by all four of the top U.S. carriers, but under different names. T-Mobile released the Samsung Vibrant in July 2010, as did AT&T under the name Samsung Captivate. Sprint and Verizon followed suit, releasing the Samsung Epic 4G in August and the Samsung Fascinate in September, respectively.
Preview of the Samsung Galaxy S II
This Android OS 2.3 powered smartphone includes a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a WVGA (480 x 800) resolution and a dual-core processor. With a remarkably slim bar shape build, the Galaxy S II will be offered with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, as well as a microSD memory card slot.
Other specifications include an 8MPx camera with FullHD (1080p) video recording at 30fps and a 2.0MP front-facing camera. The smartphone will also feature Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, an A-GPS receiver and DLNA.
One version of the Galaxy S II will include support for Near Field Communication (NFC), a program built into Android OS 2.3 that allows users to read information off of everyday objects.
This Samsung model will be 4.9 x 2.6 x 0.3 inches and 4.0 ounces. The smartphone will possess an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor, along with a 1650mAh battery.
No price or exact release date has been set as of now, but it is speculated that Samsung plans to release the Galaxy S II a week before the launch of the iPhone 5, which is rumored for release any time after August.