Samsung Galaxy S II May Bypass U.S.

July 13, 2011
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The Samsung Galaxy S II, said to be the Android smartphone that gives Steve Jobs cold night sweats and nightmares, is arriving in Canada tomorrow, July 14. It is going on a trip to near-space on Friday, July 15. Its processor has been successfully overclocked from the stock and measly 1.2 GHz to 1.5 GHz and beyond by those who currently own it. It has been selling around the world at a mind-boggling rate of 1 handset every 1.5 seconds.

The Samsung Galaxy S II, indeed, is a most sought-after Android smartphone. It has done all of that–and a little bit more–except one thing: arrive in the United States. Will it ever? And if ever, when?

According to reports, “slow” talks with major U.S. mobile carriers have caused the delay. Still, anticipation for the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S II on U.S. soil has remained high, especially with rumors circulating last month about its coming to various U.S. carriers in July.

It’s almost mid-July, and not one of the U.S. carriers has made any sound about any Galaxy S II arriving. Is it still coming to town?

There is a very real possibility that the world’s favorite Android smartphone will skip the United States. Here are some speculations about why Americans will be deprived of the pleasure of the lovely and powerful Samsung Galaxy S II:

  • The first-generation Samsung Galaxy S arrived in the U.S. one month after it was launched in Samsung homeland–Korea. It’s been almost 3 months since Koreans–and other countries except the U.S.–started feasting on the Samsung Galaxy S II–and yet, no sign of it yet in the U.S.
  • Devices launch in Canada almost always after they launch in the U.S. Canadians will be getting the Samsung Galaxy S II tomorrow (Thursday), much to the chagrin of Americans. Something is just not right with this picture. It is bothersome.
  • AT&T just recently launched new Android smartphones (HTC Inspire 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G). Another powerful one is coming–the LG Thrill 4G (LG Optimus 3D). Will the Samsung Galaxy S II still have room in AT&T’s stable?
  • Sprint’s confetti over its flagship WiMax phone (the HTC EVO 3D) hasn’t cleared yet, and another one’s also coming on the horizon (the Motorola Photon 4G). Will it be in the best interests of Sprint to accommodate a non-WiMax newcomer (i.e., the Samsung Galaxy S II)?
  • Verizon has the dual-core, 4G/LTE-capable Motorola DROID BIONIC–its first dual-core 4G smartphone–coming some time in August. Why would any sane mind even think of bringing in a newcomer that can potentially obscure the DROID BIONIC before the latter could even make it to store shelves?
  • T-Mobile has just created a big sensation with its recent launch of the HTC Sensation 4G, and we hear that another HTC techno-treat is on the way: the HTC myTouch 4G Slide. By the time the noise dies down, people will already be wondering whether or not the iPhone 5 will be worth abandoning Android for. Or, it is possible that T-Mobile will simply skirt the Samsung Galaxy S II, and pave the way for a more powerful demigod-of-a-smartphone and beefy iPhone 5 contender.

But, then again, these are speculations. Call it baseless rumor-mongering, if you like. The silence about the Samsung Galaxy S II’s arrival in the U.S. has been driving us crazy. It’s eerie–very few leaks, if at all, have been made regarding such an ironically hot-selling Android phone. Please, with all your might, pray that these speculations are wrong.

Are you still going to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S II like a faithful and devoted lover? Or do you think it’s time to abandon all hope?

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