All eyes will be fixed on New York City this coming August 29 as Samsung is set to make a “major product announcement.” Samsung Mobile has already sent out invitations to the press for the exclusive event presumed to unveil the Samsung Galaxy S II models for the U.S.

Samsung Mobile's invitation for "major product announcement" (credit: Boy Genius Report)

Samsung’s mobile communications chief, Shin Jong-kyun, announced late last month that the Samsung Galaxy S II will be launched in the U.S. in August.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has already been available elsewhere around the world, except in the United States, and has been flying off the shelves since it was released last April this year. Fast-forward by about 4 months, the Samsung Galaxy S II is still nowhere in sight in the U.S., a fact that has led to rumors that Samsung’s best-selling Android smartphone may be skipping the United States for one reason or another.

The upcoming “major product announcement” from Samsung may dispel that heartbreaking rumor.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Carrier Rebrands

August 29 will be the date to mark on your calendars if you really want to find out what the rebranded names and the hardware specs are for the variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II that are heading to your favorite carriers.

Earlier rumors have said that the Samsung Galaxy S II will be rebranded as the Samsung Galaxy Function for Verizon, the Samsung Galaxy Within for Sprint, and the Samsung Galaxy Attain for AT&T.

A recent leaked document has sparked rumors that Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy S II may be named the Samsung Stratosphere, set for launch on September 8. Other rumors say “Samsung Fascinate II” is Verizon’s rebrand.

A device bound for T-Mobile has also been rumored to be the carrier’s Galaxy S II variant, codenamed the Samsung Hercules.

Sprint’s alleged variant has been seen recently making it through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Clearance from FCC usually indicates an imminent release. Though the currently circulating rumors say Sprint’s rebrand will be named the Samsung Galaxy Within, other rumors are suggesting that Sprint will be calling its Galaxy S II variant the Samsung Epic Touch 4G.

AT&T’s alleged variant has also been recently spotted coursing through the FCC. Earlier speculations pointed to a possible QWERTY-slider variant for AT&T, but recent reports suggest that the QWERTY-slider phone coming to AT&T is an entirely different handset and not the Galaxy S II variant for AT&T.

Has the Galaxy S II Lost Its Luster?

With an August 29 launching of the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II, it is safe to assume a release date in September–perfect timing for the device to make Steve Jobs’ nightmares come true.

Sadly, though, the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S II to the United States has been delayed and derailed–pretty much like that of the Motorola DROID Bionic, which has also been rumored to be released on Verizon on September 8. A lot of disheartened folks have moved on and have set their eyes on other yummy devices, especially the rumored Nexus Prime (Nexus 3, Nexus Plus) and the HTC Vigor.

Do the words “Samsung Galaxy S II” still make you hold your breath and make your heart skip a beat?