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