July is definitely going to be the shining hour for the Samsung Galaxy S II. Last week, a Sprint insider has whispered confirmation about the July release of the Samsung Galaxy S II on the Sprint network. Apparently, Verizon Wireless will start carrying the same superphone also in July.
Via email, a Verizon liaison told Computerworld that Verizon Wireless will start selling the Galaxy S II at an unspecified date in July. The superphone will be referred to on the Verizon network as the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Function.
Other carriers are also rumored to release their own rebrands of the Samsung Galaxy S II also in July. Sprint has been reported to carry it as the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Within, while AT&T has been reported to use the name Samsung Galaxy S 2 Attain. Neither of the two carriers has confirmed their respective release dates for their versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S II, although a reliable source from Sprint has leaked confirmation that it’s definitely coming out in July.
T-Mobile may also bring out its own rebrand of the same superphone, although T-Mobile has not responded yet to queries about whether it will bear the phone under its network.
A reviewer from PC World US has described the superphone as “stunning and speedy.” And it better be, because its dual-core processor (Exynos XMM6260, 1.2 GHz) coupled with Android 2.3 Gingerbread not only gives it more processor juice than the Samsung Galaxy S (Samsung Epic 4G), its elder sibling, but also gives it comparable performance to other similar smartphones such as the HTC Thunderbolt, the HTC EVO 3D, and the Motorola Atrix 4G.
The Samsung Galaxy S II’s Super AMOLED Plus 4.3-inch screen is larger than its predecessor’s, yet it remains lighter (at about 4 ounces) than many of its superphone peers. Reviewers have been tantalized not just by the Samsung Galaxy S II’s strong internals but also by its externals, particularly the 8-megapixel rear camera and its 2-megapixel front camera for video calls.
North America has been rather behind in getting its fix of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Europe and Asia have been luckier–the Galaxy S II has already been selling in the two continents.
An unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II can easily command a whopping retail price of about US$700 to US$800. That’s the price range pegged by several retailers. But, one can expect the prices to go down when the Galaxy S II reaches U.S. carriers, which usually subsidize the retail price in exchange for a two-year lock-in service agreement. Expected prices will be somewhere between US$250 and US$300.
Anyone willing to give up his or her existing smartphone for this galactic newcomer?