Samsung Galaxy S II Clears FCC, Release Dates Confirmed for Europe

by: Darcy LaCouveeApril 6, 2011

Arguably one of the most impressive phones set to launch this year, the beautifully appointed Samsung Galaxy S II – is really the flagship of flagship phones. With its mesmerizing Super-AMOLED Display, Dual Core processor, 1GB of RAM, beautiful and incredibly svelte form factor, it is sure to be one of the must-have dual core Android phones of 2011.

Back in late March, the Samsung Galaxy S II was put through the gauntlet of testing the FCC mandates that each phone go through. Our inside sources have told us that it has indeed been approved, and will be available on AT&T. As for ironing out a specific date, it’s still unfortunately too early to tell, but we are suspecting this has more to do with AT&T wanting to sell as many Atrix’s as possible before debuting the Samsung Galaxy S II. Still, we suspect it will be available before the end of Summer. Also, there are no other carriers that could have the phone, because the phone itself operates on the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz GSM frequencies that AT&T has.

Specs of note include:

  • dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi
  • 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • dual-core processor, Exynos or Tegra 2
  • 8.5 MM thin body!
  • 8 MP camera

It’s important to note that the Samsung Galaxy S II also bests the current powerhouse on the Android scene – the Motorola Atrix – in one very important way: Gingerbread. The Samsung Galaxy S II will come with Android 2.3 Gingbread goodness straight out of the box, and it’s looking like Motorola and AT&T are going to be taking a little longer than anticipated to get Android 2.3 on the Atrix.

Unfortunately, it’s also looking like the Samsung Galaxy S II will be taking its sweet time to get Stateside, and for this we can speculate no other reason than the sheer amount of great Android phones currently in the process of being released, and the fact that Samsung is struggling to build them fast enough, citing known supply issues with certain components.

Also, it’s important that you know the International/European version of this phone is likely to have a significantly better radio, that will work on all of the radios in Canada at HSPA+ 21Mbps, and on AT&T’s network stateside. Currently, there is still no official announcement on when the Samsung Galaxy S II will be available in Canada or the US for that matter.

Having the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S II is actually going to be a lot better simply because it will be compatible with Rogers, Bell, and Telus, and AT&T in the USA. With lightning fast HSPA+ for up to 21 Mbps out of the box, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is your bill at the end of the month. Plus – no bloatware!

I searched far and wide to find some concrete dates for you – but it looks like they are keeping a really good wrap on this one. Still, the FCC clearance bodes well, and the fact it’s being officially released in May in the UK means that if you are really keen – and I mean paying $700 kind of keen, plus shipping, duties, and all that other fun stuff, then it is still possible, dear dual core phone fanatic.

From the FCC's internal documentation - it was approved two weeks ago

There’s also a few rumors floating around that Samsung might be suspending production of the 32GB variant of this phone altogether, citing high production costs. Only time will tell though, and we highly doubt this will be a problem for most people, as they can always add more available memory via the microSD slot.

Either way – you can be rest assured that we will find out as soon as we can.

Maybe the Atrix and other dual core phones coming to market sooner aren’t looking so bad eh?

Can you wait? Do you care?

Also, we’ve taken the liberty of comparing two of 2011’s hottest, most incredible Android dual core phones:

Motorola Atrix Vs. Samsung Galaxy S II

Via: Clove
  • The REAL Joe Blow

    I am *definitely* waiting on this phone to come available in Canada! I don’t care if it isn’t till Christmas – after seeing the first glance reviews from MWC in February, this is *the* phone to have for the next 3 years – anything else will just lead to buyer’s remorse when the Galaxy S II comes available IMO.

    • RR

      Well, I would say there are three contenders. None of which you will regret.
      Samsung galaxy s2 > 1 GHZ dual core A9 processor
      LG Optimus 3D > 1 ghz dual core dual channel dual memory A9 processor
      HTC Evo 3D > 1.2 ghz dual core A8 processor

      Mind you, switching off the 3D from the 2 phones will still be a fantastic competetion with the s2.

  • GoPadge

    How would the Galaxy S II compare to the LG X2?

    • The REAL Joe Blow

      The LG X2 has a smaller screen (4.0 vs 4.3″); half the memory (8gb vs 16gb) and Android 2.2 vs. 2.3 (although arguably, by the time the GS2 is available the X2 will probably be upgraded to 2.3). One could also argue that the GS2’s screen itself is better, the Super AMOLED Plus was supposedly redesigned for sharper image and more importantly better battery life.

  • Angel

    Samsung TOLD ME by phone 32Gb will be available but NOT for UK. Also, they will sell 16Gb FIRST to other countries…(To make, people selling ther 16 to buy the 32Gb one)…It’s a marketing. Some will do. Me i will WAIT to get the 32Gb first…As a patient Geek! It’s important for me, i have so many songs, i have a music studio and i’m a composer. ALSO, it’s very important to have 64Gb total (32 internal + 32 Micro SD card) BECAUSE, they don’t tell this: The Full HD recoding on the video cam will eat a lot of Gb! You did not think of that fact! Oh! We have to wait for the 32Gb or you’ll record in medium quality.

    • Angel

      I received another email from Samsung, they told me: ANYWHERE before this FALL SEASON 32Gb available. ONLY 16Gb will be from this end of April. In NOVEMBER 32Gb would be available.

      • Re Angel

        Nonsense. Samsung does not confer with you via a phone to let you in on the delicacies of their release plans. Complete and utter tosh!!!

  • Dezz

    Can anyone confirm that this phone will ONLY? be available to AT&T when it gets to USA? I have Sprint currently. Thanks.