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Samsung Galaxy S II Headed to Verizon in July (Updated)

A Verizon spokesperson confirmed via email today that they plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S II in July, but that no firm date was available.  This is really one of the first acknowledgments of the device by Big Red and I’d be lying if I said that “July” didn’t sound a little early to me.  I won’t be complaining though, as the Galaxy S II has taken the rest of the world by storm as the device to beat in 2011 and we can’t wait to get a hold of a couple.

Update:  ComputerWorld is now reporting that there was a mix-up by the VZW spokesperson.  They actually meant that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available in July, not the Galaxy S II.  Sad.

With it’s 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen (same as the DROID Charge), dual-core processor (it’s a toss as to which one specifically), 8MP camera, and incredibly slim design, this phone has been pretty groundbreaking.  There is no word yet on if it will be 4G LTE, but with the newly announced Galaxy Tab 10.1 sporting this super fast technology, it wouldn’t surprise us if they somehow found a way to sneak one in.  That’s pure speculation on my part though.

The other unknown is what the final name will come in at.  You may remember that the original Galaxy S series hit all of the major U.S. carriers with different names, so we’re sort of expecting that to happen again this time around.  The word “Function” has popped up as a possibility because some random accessory site used it, but we’ve been told that it will likely just be dubbed the Fascinate II instead.  I guess we’ll know soon enough.

So, is this your next phone?  Slap a 3rd party launcher on there and it would be hard to turn down.

Via:  ComputerWorld

  • Bobsmith

    the galaxy 2 with dual core on 3g is so freaking fast it almost feels like 4g this is not slow by any means.. 

  • Jacob Bowen

    Sorry guys, but I think this is trumping any moto phone for me….. Seems like it has everything except the 4G, which I believe is still up for debate.  I am going to take the leap for faith and guess that Samsung has finally figured it out; reference Nexus S, and New Galaxy Tab 10.1.  I am going to chalk up Samsung’s earlier behavior has youthful experimentation, kinda like smoking pot as a kid and now hopefully becoming a responsible member of the android society….

    *fingers crossed

  • Serpico

    I was going to hold off getting a ThunderBolt when I saw this originally, now I am moving fwd with that purchase…

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  • Didn’t believe the story to begin with…

  • Anonymous

    That’s my next phone!  Sorry Moto….

  • Steve Cale

    Update:

    “Editor’s note: This story originally said that Verizon
    Wireless expected to make the Galaxy S II smartphone available sometime in
    July. After the story appeared, the Verizon spokeswoman quoted in the story
    said *she was incorrect* and meant that Samsung Galaxy Tab would appear in July. She didn’t comment on
    whether the carrier is making the smartphone available next month.”

    *Emphasis mine. 😉

  • SamsungSucks

    i don’t understand y people r all over this phone… did people forget about the updates they didn’t provide and among all the problems they had with their gps with the previous galaxy phones.

    • Noway

      Same here I had the old epic and it took forever to get froyo in the end I had to root and get it myself. Lacks of support and crappy build quality.just take a look at the sgs2 its. All cheap plastic.

    • Inkster09

      That before. History. Samsung has HEARD the android community and is moving along accordingly

    • Ĵono Reĝo

      Have you ever used a Nexus S? Thing’s awesome, nuff said. They made me a fan with that phone.

      Samsung’s hardware issues are behind them. Updates issues were only in the US, everywhere else they were the first ones to update their phones to Gingerbread. And they’ve embraced the modding community, so I really couldn’t care less about their OTA updates; Touchwiz ain’t for me and neither is more Verizon crapware every update.

  • jerks

  • Does a locked or unlocked bootloader matter if Sammy takes 6+ months to update drivers and propriety files for their phones?  Yeah, you can put a custom rom on it, any custom rom built with last years aosp.

  • Milski65

    Holy Batsh$t!.  An error on Verizon?  Damn, I already had it all planned out……

  • NOOOO!! a dual core 1.2Ghz would have been awesome in july

  • Kevlew70

    Seemed a little fishy. Since when does Verizon announce a phone 1 month out. Everyone should know better they usually give you like 1 week.

  • Makes sense. July seemed too early.

    Who wants a plasticky iphone clone which overheats, has weak wifi signal and gps that is sporadic at best.

  • Anonymous

    Per Engadget this is false and a miscommunication.  The rep was speaking of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Booo!!!!   My only hope for the SGSII is that is Bing free.

  • Kevlew70

    HaHa, update at engadget is reporting this as a mistake. The spokesperson meant this for the Galaxy Tab not the galaxy s2. Back to waiting everyone.

  • Leehblanc

    Buy this while the Fascinate is bearing down on 1 year running 2.1?  No thanks.  I wouldn’t do that to myself, and I wouldn’t do it out of principle for all those Fascinate owners (I used to be one)

  • Anonymous

    Any idea how  much it will cost?  I have a Fascinate now after my wonderful OG Droid, and my one problem has been BATTERY LIFE with the Fascinate.  Any info on battery life with the Gallaxy S II?  I’d love one of these – I love my Super Amoled screen and the Super Amoled PLUS would be awesome!

  • Anonymous

    But the all important question is… wil it be sporting Bing this time around? Not that it matters… so long as it sports that iPhone copycat TouchWiz, it is a non-starter for me. The only good thing about TouchWiz, is that it makes Blur seem good (bycomparison)

  • omfg. no tmobile. This is the greatest news if heard in months. YES YES YESSSSSSS!!!!!

  • omfg. no tmobile. This is the greatest news if heard in months. YES YES YESSSSSSS!!!!!

  • Bejmorri

    Hope this is 4g… if so this is my next phone

  • Bionic what?

  • Anonymous

    I’m interested but seeing how Verizon messed up the Fascinate I’m not sure how they’ll handle the Galaxy S 2.

  • Anonymous

    owned an OG, now a DX, had a TB for a week before I sold it because I realized I actually do have brand loyalty and while sense was great, the hardware was so much better from moto, 3x battery, better accessories, the stupid LED behind the grill so you could barely see it.. I just was moto sick I guess, but this thing, even apple’s promoter engadget absolutely raved about and still compare every single android phone to it… I also was bionic or bust, but this thing geeeeeeze

  • Anonymous

    owned an OG, now a DX, had a TB for a week before I sold it because I realized I actually do have brand loyalty and while sense was great, the hardware was so much better from moto, 3x battery, better accessories, the stupid LED behind the grill so you could barely see it.. I just was moto sick I guess, but this thing, even apple’s promoter engadget absolutely raved about and still compare every single android phone to it… I also was bionic or bust, but this thing geeeeeeze

  • Anonymous

    I can’t stand touchwhiz and it doesn’t have a search key (which is especially useful while driving) so I will be passing on this.

    • Meach

      hold the menu button and search pops up

      • Anonymous

        Hitting the menu button lets you hit on screen the search button. Holding the search button on other phones opens a voice search. It’s not even remotely the same functionality.

  • Anonymous

    Nvm about my previous HDMI-out comment…it has Allshare so it can stream to my blu-ray anyway. Plus 1.2 dual-core plus 1GB RAM. Samsung’s website shows makes it seem like the carrier can decide whether it has NFC or not, so hopefully Verizon will include it. With all that and the sterling reviews it’s gotten, I could make due without LTE at this point.

  • Eric V

    Damn i think i might have to trade my Thunderbolt in for this

  • Edward M Yang

    *prays for LTE and early July launch*

  • Serpico

    Isn’t it safe to assume LTE since it sports a SIM slot?

    • Knightcrusader

      Could be a Global phone.

  • Anonymous

    Lets hope they stick LTE in it if so this will definitely be my next phone. I hope for an early july release since thats when I am due for an upgrade.

  • Emily

    Verizon PLEEEEASE make them add a search button on the bottom. And Please don’t Bing around and Bing up the phone.

    • Reiterate02

      I think I saw in a video somewhere that holding one of the buttons brings up search. 

  • Amenemhat1

    Yes, Yes, and Yes. Finally, an alternative to the Moto’s Bio and D3.

  • Azeis26

    Actually Nextel used letters first, specifically i.  For examle I had an i850 in 1994 so maybe sprint should sue apple for use of the i in i phone….lol….anyway anybody know if the date on the picture of the phone means anything? 

  • Tyler Durden

    To the people that think this phone will possibly have LTE. I guarantee
    this phone will not be LTE equipped. Look how thick the current LTE
    phones are Verizon has to offer compared to the GS-II. I’m sure they
    have some LTE chips in development that could fit inside of the GS-II,
    but they aren’t going into this phone (maybe later in the year they’ll
    release a 4G-LTE model). Remember Steve Job’s answer on why the next
    iPhone won’t be LTE? Because they would need to make design compromises
    (I’m willing to bet he meant, make it thicker).

    • Anonymous

      Well if Steve Jobs said it…

    • He doesn’t want lte because of battery effect

  • Craigg

    Make it a global phone with LTE and it will be perfect. Offer it completely unlocked and I would happily pay full retail for it. Are you listening Samsung??? I have the cash 😀

    • I see people can’t read very well.

      NO LTE.

      • Doubting Thomas

        You still have yet to offer any proof of that.

  • Does it have a front facing camera?

  • This is a very tempting phone.  I am still holding out for the Bionic, but this may make me change my mind.  Unless it is Bing’d again.  Won’t buy it if it is Bing’d even if I know I can change it once rooted.

  • this is very tempting but Samsung has left a HORRIBLE taste in my mouth with this damn Fascinate

  • zzz525

    LTE or not this WILL be my next phone. I’ve been waiting to hear info on this since the “funtion” name was leaked. Can’t wait!

  • Kierra

    I’m not a rooter so Moto Bionic for me…..Moto’s build quality is peerless.

    • Kierra

      We will see though, Competition is welcome

      • I don’t like it when people reply to themselves before anyone else has responded.  It’s weird and it creeps me out.

        • Kierra

          I was adding on to my comment since there is no edit button. To be honest I find it wierd and creepy that you took time out to tell me this….Kthanks 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the rep confused the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the Galaxy S II. Verizon is never very clear about upcoming devices. Sounds out of character.

  • RedOne1

    Don’t forget Bing on it 😀

  • Anonymous

    My next phone.

  • Anonymous

    If this does indeed come out next month, and if it does come 4G, I will probably get one just so I can lock myself into an unlimited contract for 4G. I want the Bionic, but I’m fearful that tiered data plans will come out just as they release it 9 (whenever that might be). Root, ROM, and get LauncherPro on this phone and I think this will be a good choice.

    • James

      Haha phones are becoming like cars to some people. As soon as you get a new one, there are already plans in place to modify it in some way. 

  • Anonymous

    Looks like an iPhone from the front…

  • Trooper

    This will be a tough decision, this or the Bionic.

  • If this becomes a 4G LTE devices it will easily be the most powerful android phone on verizon for quite some time. This thing is a beast.

    • Nothing beastly. Just another dual core.

      People can’t read between the numbers.

  • Anonymous

    Wish they would have this ready on July 7 when I’m up for ne2 after buying the ogd on release day. Add LTE and NFC and it would be near perfect. HDMI would give it everything I could ever want. Though the chances of any of that happening except LTE is about .0001%…

  • I don’t believe that Verizon will get this in July. Their testers might, but the consumer? We’re looking at late August at the earliest. Typical Verizon fashion: add 40-60 days to the speculated release.

  • Dean2359

    I have to believe that this high end phone is going to be an LTE phone. Not doing that would be like putting a Focus engine in a Ferrari.

  • I WILL buy this phone. root it and slap a rom on there and it’s second to none. I had the droid charge but returned it due to some issues and I gotta have a super amoled plus screen again.

  • now its either this or the bionic, if it comes with lte then this will be my upgrade from my OG

  • looks nice.  I’m not really feeling the button in the center…

    • ChrisI

      No one is feeling it yet. It’s not out in the U.S.   =:)

  • Rizzidy

    July works for me.  This is my next phone.

  • Mr. Joe

    I’m getting 4G in a few months.  I’m NOT wasting my upgrade on a 3G device.

    Sorry Samsung but for me and my region 3G was SO 2010.

    • ChrisI

      Wait…this phone won’t be a 4g device? I did not know that. It’s hard to imaginesuch stellar components in a smartphone, but then don’t make it 4g. Can anyone confirm this?

      • Stelv81

        No one knows if it will be 4g or not. Some people say no because of it being too thin. I say yes because I think they will change the form factor to fit 4g. Without 4g this device will be crippled.

        • Kevlew70

          Let me see, samsung just realeased the charge like 1 month ago as their 4G device on verizon. So you dreamers think they will release another 4G device 3 months later. Keep on dreaming. No one would ever touch the charge again. And they are going to redesign the whole form factor for one carrier? LOL.

  • Thomas Clinard

    looks like ill be jumping on the samsung bandwagon..

  • Anonymous

    Looks like July will be a good month, there has also be a rumor of the Sprint version releasing in late July by an internal Sprint rep.

  • Anonymous

    So i am in Europe right now if I got the 2 s could I bring it back to the us and get it to work on Verizon?

    • Thenew3

      No.  Europe uses GSM radio, Verizon uses CDMA/LTE the two are not compatible

  • Stelv81

    Bionic killer!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I was considering switching to T Mobile for the Sensation….but now I’m staying put.  LTE or not.  

  • Bob G

    pass

  • Mr. Joe
    • Anonymous

      I dont think they have any idea since they claim it has 4G in the breakdown. Claim both and cover your bases I guess.

  • Anonymous

    If it comes with LTE, they’ll lose that incredibly thin profile they’ve been trumpeting.  Time will tell if they sacrifice one of their major selling points on this phone – form – for functionality that a lot of people would want – LTE.

    • Anonymous

      What is the difference in size between a 3G radio versus a 3G/4G?

  • Anonymous

    Must find way to sell t-bolt to switch to this!

  • Two kidneys.

  • Tyler Vallely

    SHIT! YESSSSSSSSSS! WAHHOO! WAIT! HOW much is it??????! (On vzw)

  • Anonymous

    … droid3, bionic, SII take that apple … this will be an android summer & fall

    • Anonymous

      Most likely winter too!

    • Mr. Joe

      Too bad when the iPhone 5 hits it will have lines all over but none of these phones will have 5 people in line.

      Sad but true.  Wish it weren’t though as these deserve more praise and attention.  I just wish people saw that instead of thinking the iPhone is the phone to beat. 

      OH I can dream a sweet dream can I not?

  • I really don’t understand why they removed the search button. I use it a lot 🙁

  • IT WON’T BE LTE.
    IT WON’T BE LTE.
    IT WON’T BE LTE
    IT WON’T BE LTE.
    IT WON’T BE LTE.

    Just in case most of you are wondering and hoping and want to know. It’s Official.

    • Anonymous

      Proof?

      • Tyler Durden

        Look how thick the Droid Charge by Samsung is compared to this phone. If
        it was going to be LTE equipped, why would Samsung even waste time with
        the Droid Charge?

        • Mr.Joe

          True!  

          Samsung is all about the thin.  Reason why the iPhone most likely won’t be LTE for a while.  

          Thick = BAD
          Thin = GOOD

          Unless you’re talking about meat where plumpness is a virtue. 

    • MFG

      Hey Jakub Palka, STFU or give us evidence.

  • Between this and HTC phones (and possibly Sony-Ericsson), I actually have some good choices to pick from.
    Really happy that the manufacturers are paying attention to the niche crowd’s demands. We’re a vocal minority, but that’s all that should count to them.

  • Anonymous

    This Galaxy is hitting 3100 on quadrant!!! FAST!!!

    • Kevlew70

      Wow, Super speed with 3G download speeds. Have fun waiting on your data to catch up to your processor. I guess if your on Wifi then it does’nt really matter.

  • Kevlew70

    Sorry folks this is too thin a form factor to carry a 1st Gen LTE radio. So its going to be 3G. So its either this and 3G. Or a Bionic and 4G. Think ill stick with the 4G if im forced to sign a 2 year contract.

    • Anon

      You a lie.

    • MFG

      The Tab 10.1 is 8.6mm thin, the GSII is 8.46mm thin. They can make the GSII a TINY bit thicker to fit a 4G radio.

      • Kevlew70

        The tab only requires a 4G radio, not a 4G and 3G at the same time. Thus enabling its thinner profile.

        • BillyT

          Say what?

    • MFG

      The Tab 10.1 is 8.6mm thin, the GSII is 8.46mm thin. They can make the GSII a TINY bit thicker to fit a 4G radio.

  • Fattie McDoogles

    Its pretty I cant lie… but its way too light for me. Playing with the Infuse 4G had me wishing there was a little more weight behind the phone. Even the Charge is heavier and its still a  feather compared to the Droid line and my Thunderbolt. I guess what really matter to me more than anything is who is actually gonna get the phone. If theres no development community like the rest of Sammies phone then I won’t be getting it.

  • Anonymous

    I hate to steal someone else’s bit buuuut:
    Dear Moto,
    You made me like your hardware with the Droid X, especially since it’s how I adopted the Android platform almost a year ago.  I was very willing to ride with you on the Bionic, even with the possibility of a locked bootloader as I assumed your hardware would be the best at the time.  However using all info available today you now will likely have an inferior device to the G2 and a locked bootloader and brand loyalty only allows for one strike as in the end you don’t care about me anyway.

    Later.

  • Scott

    I’ve been planning to switch to Sprint for the Evo 3D because I need to upgrade my OG Droid, want a dual-core 4G phone and don’t want to wait until August for the Bionic. But if this is out next month and has LTE, I may stay with Big Red and get this.

  • Knightcrusader

    I’m guessing this won’t be a slider like the Fascinate wasn’t?

  • Anonymous

    …and the first thing I will do on Day 1 after I buy it is STRIP Touchwiz off the device. I hate brand-UIs so damn much. I wish they would all just die. 

    • Anonymous

      No reason for them to die, just unlock the bootloader to give you a choice.

  • Portareaf

    Well things just got interesting, but I will reserve judgement until I can see Sammy pull off a decent software update in a timely manner (ice cream sandwich I see you)…and don’t give me it’s the carrier BS…Moto got Froyo on DX on the same network as the Fascinate did several months before Samsung.

  • Nick

    I don’t know, I need CyanogenMod 7. I want a 4g phone with CyanogenMod 7.

    • Mr. Joe

      Then the Bionic seems like your kind of phone!

  • Jared T

    I had a demo Fascinate for a couple weeks and I became sold on Samsung. If this is 4G LTE I’ll probably choose this as my next phone. Droid Bionic would be okay, but I don’t like Moto — or those ugly pics of the new Bionic posted on DL.

  • Steve Schneider

    Sounds like everyone is also forgetting that the processor is unknown. The real question aside from LTE is it’s dual core, but what processor? GTab 10.1 is sporting a Tegra2, but will this device? I love the hummingbird processor for graphics, but you have to wonder… Can samsung compete with nVidia in graphics? We’re talking Flash/games/UI fluidity… 3D Effects, even if this has LTE, the processor is still going to weigh HEAVILY on rather I throw out my TB for a Bionic or SGS2. 

    • Meach

      Tegra 2 isn’t the end all be all. That Exynos processor seems to outperform it in a number of ways.

  • Anonymous

    If it is unlocked and there’s still no word on a Nexus for Verizon by then it would be very tempting assuming it is LTE.

  • Anonymous

    My next phone. Glad I didn’t burn my upgrade on one of the recent LTE phones.

    Since it came out the GS2 has basically been the standard all other high end Android phones are reviewed against. If it has LTE, I feel bad for Charge owners because that is basically EOL. Samsung has really been on a roll lately.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yeah, this is my next phone. I dont care about LTE. 

    • I wish i could say the same but i live in an area where all but one major city has gotten LTE coverage and I’m closest to the last one. So though i don’t have it now, i don’t want to be stuck with a phone for 2 years and miss out when it launches here

  • Michael DiDonato

    This is a definite possibility with or without 4G. The bionic has great specs, but I fear the battery life will suffer badly and a 4.5″ screen is too big.

  • T Hall

    It is either this or the bionic.  Whatever is out first and has 4G, will be my next phone 🙂

  • Anonymous

    LTE or not, this will be my next device. (I SERIOUSLY doubt this will have LTE by the way)

  • Kpurdu1

    will be my next phone as long as it has LTE, too bad my upgrade isn’t until september.

  • SA

    I know to take this with a big grain of salt, but a VZW sales rep called me last week to try to get me to upgrade to the Thunderbolt. I said I was holding out for the GS2–if it turned out to be LTE. He told me “I’m not supposed to tell you this, but it will definitely be LTE.” Again, I know, this may or may not actually be the case. Just telling you what the nice VZW man told me.

    • Sappyswami

      Got I hope he is riiiigggghhttt

    • Mr. Joe

      LOL

      They all say that.  Call in and say “OH I’m hoping the Droid 3 will have LTE” and you’ll get a:

      “I’m not supposed to say this but… IT DOES :-)”

  • Anonymous

    Apple should sue Verizon for using the naming convention of 2, 3, 4, etc on their Droid brand. They obviously did it first.

    • Tyrian

       Yeah, and I guess Google should sue Apple for copying such things as…

      Notification Center
      Tabbed Browsing
      OTA Software updates
      and whatever else Apple is just now adding to iOS 5

      • Anonymous

        An idea, not a blatant copy of a name. Why not just call it iFascinate?

      • Mr. Joe

        UH… No offense but shit like OTA have been out for ages on phone.

        Google did not invent any of this or even debut it.

        • Emily

          NNNNEEERRRRRRRUMMM!

        • Anonymous

          Not on the iphone. Iphone is falling behind thats why they need to take things from android to try and close the gap a little.

          • Mr.Joe

            The iPhone lacks a lot of stuff.

            IN fact some of the stuff in the iOS 5 that is new I surprised they didn’t have before.  I though it was just common. 

      • Well you know if it was the other way around Apple would be suing Google or whoever.

    • hfoster52

      lol

    • EC8CH

      don’t forget their use of letter as well, apple invented those to.

      • Anonymous

        That’s an excellent point. Maybe Google should come up with a new alphabet too. It aren’t that hard.

      • they also invented shoes and oprah

    • Inkster09

      Alittle off topic but all these battery issues is due to skins and bloatware. My nexus s 4g lasts about 12 hours moderate/heavy use like my og droid did. If they keep pumping menaining vzw of course 1500mah batteries your gonna keep getting 4 hour of use anyway.

      • There’s an Android OS process bug that drains the battery.  I doubt TouchWiz is a big culprit.

        • Cite your sources please?

          • Anonymous

            It’s called 3rd party task killers and MotoBlur (also Sense, but I like to pick on Motorola since they suck lately)

    • Tweek

      Great idea, lets just copyright numbers… give me a break.

  • the rest of the world has chosen the galaxy s II over numerous phones, this phone will be 4g LTE capable, if they don’t then they are just wasting money shipping it here.

  • Jcastle482

    If this is LTE and the Bionic is really 4.5″, this wins for me. I would actually prefer a 4″ Slim LTE phone but I guess a 4.3″ Slim LTE is the next best thing. 

  • Stephen D

    Since they managed to squeeze LTE into the Tab, I think they can with this too. I hope this doesn’t have Bing. An LTE Galaxy S2 sounds awesome. My upgrade and Birthday are in July too. If this comes out, I’m buying myself one for my “present.”

    EDIT: I don’t like the TW3 launcher or anything. But I’m using TouchWiz 4 on my Fascinate, and I actually really like it. It just might be the first phone I won’t have to use with another launcher. The new TW launcher is very functional, smooth, and nice.

    • MFG

      Where did you get Touchwiz 4 for your Fascinate?

      • Stephen D

        XDA.

  • Anonymous

     PhoneArena says LTE…. granted that doesn’t really mean much but it gives me hope:

    http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Function_id5535

  • Depending on whether it’s LTE and/or it’s Bing’d, this will be a contender.

  • Regretting purchasing my Thunderbolt… 🙁

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Other than brand and the locked bootloader concern of HTC versus Moto..

    How does this compare to the Bionic?

    it seems a tad smaller, maybe a “nicer” screen. but we don’t yet know which dual processors or how much on board memory yet, no? I think the on board memory of the Binoic is only like 512 which seems anemic when 1gb can be had.

  • Anonymous

    As long as it doesn’t have Bing! I don’t care about LTE – I’d rather have battery life.

    • Considering the battery life that’s been seen on some DROID Charge phones, LTE is not as much an issue as HTC would have you think.

    • Adam Metzner

      They gave a phone to the CM team. Why would anyone care about Bing. Its going to have CM7 on launch

  • Lucid

    This would be my next phone for sure if the audio on the video recorder didn’t suck ass! Check out some samples that people have put on YouTube; the audio is just as horrible as the first Galaxy S. Why can’t a phone with such high end specs have good audio quality with on the video recorder and why is this never brought up in reviews?!? I am absolutely not a fan boy whatsoever but the iPhone 4’s audio is superb; I have shot vids at several concerts with it and played it back over my surround sound system at home and there is no distortion and the bass sounds good too. There isn’t one device on the market that can record audio like that!! I have been waiting so long for an android device that can and I am absolutely perplexed that one doesn’t? The droid x 2 is half way decent but comes nonwherw near the richness of the iPhone 4’s. Does this not bother anyone besides me?

  • If it comes with LTE and the support of CM7, I might bite the bullet and dump my Thunderbolt. It’s draining my will to use it faster than the battery.

  • Snowbdr89

    It will have lte its been in phonearena for a couple of weeks

  • BlackTTC6

    Hmm.. This or the Bionic

  • Notice the DX2 and Incredible 2 didn’t have LTE. Why would the Fascinate 2?

    • Jeff

      what do those phones have anything to do with the galaxy s 2 being LTE??

      maybe think before you type

      • I did. Notice all the LTE phones have a new name and all the non LTE phones are continuing a line from last year’s phones. It could still have LTE, I was just pointing this out. Why would Samsung release 2 LTE phones in the such a short amount of time? The Charge’s sales would plummet if the SGS2 was LTE.

  • nseg

    If it has LTE it would be hard to pass up, though I’ll wait for the final Bionic hardware to be reviewed before I lock myself to a contract for 2 years.

  • I would definitely look into purchasing this device in the future. Definitely over the Charge, which I think has TERRIBLE aesthetics. 

    • Anonymous

      I checked out the Charge the other day and the unit at VZW was coming apart! I know its a display unit but still, I don’t see the other models falling apart. There was a split at the top of the phone where the plastic meets…and they are Charging bank for it!

  • sparty569

    GO Launcher EX and CM7/8 and we are READY TO GO!!!

  • Anonymous

    If this is out by early or mid July and has LTE, I’ll make the sweet sweet love to it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with everyone else, If this has LTE, I’m sold.

  • Pandawatch08

    If this has LTE, it’s a no brainer. however, if it doesnt, then the huge ass Bionic it is.

    • MFG

      Yeah, Bionic was my first choice after CES, but now this could totally take the lead if it hits first and with LTE. If not LTE, then the Bionic is gonna have to be my choice.

    • I’m thinking the same thing.  Even without LTE in my area right now I’m not buying a non-LTE phone.  It will be here sooner or later.  Although by that time I’m sure I’ll have upgraded to a new phone again. :p

  • Jordanharrell8

    Pretty sure this phone is to thin for an LTE radio, maybe they’ve crammed it in there somehow though!

    • MFG

      Or they made it a little thicker to fit the LTE radio in there. I would definitely vote for a tiny bit thicker and 4G over current thinness and 3G. They fit 4G into the Tab 10.1, so there’s hope! The Tab is 8.6mm and the curent GSII is 8.49.

      • Stephen D

        If they need to make it 8.6mm thick to fit the radio, then I don’t care, that’s still pretty thin. I just want an LTE Galaxy S2.

  • Anonymous

    Want.

  • Kaufkin

    wasn’t this the phone that Sammy recently sent to the CM7 dev team for free?  if so.. that makes this an easy choice. never thought I’d turn my back on the Moto from my OG, but CM7 vs Blur w/ locked boot? easy choice.

  • MFG

    It better not come Bing’ed!

    • Adam Metzner

      Who cares if it does. CM7 will be ready on launch day.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        and even if your not into custom ROMs like CM, the hopefully not locked boot loader will allow that to be fixed right up.

      • MFG

        True.

        Unless, of course, Verizon makes Samsung lock the device. Then we’re in a pickle. I can see Verizon doing this, too.

      • Inkster09

        Like I said cyanigen won’t touch vzw phones. Correct me if I’m wrong

        • BillyT

          Um…how so?  What?  CM7 is on my DInc and OGD…

          • Inkster09

            After those phones he said I think he is done with vzw phones

        • Ĵono Reĝo

          CyanogenMod said they are working on CM7 for the GS2 since Samsung sent some of their devs free phones. Even if they did for some reason ignore the CDMA GS2, it probably wouldn’t be much work for some other dev to take care of the porting. And the Charge had an unlocked bootloader, so I’m not worried about the VZW GS2.

  • lte and im in

  • StealthVoodoo

    If it gets LTE, I might be moving to Samsung

  • Interstellarmind

    any rumors on the next htc device?

  • GotSka81

    Don’t forget to mention (as many have already, indrectly) that Samsung is officially the ONLY manufacturer that’s friendly with the dev community.  Sure, Sony unlocks your bootloader, and HTC will allegedly do the same, but what other manufacturer do you know that specifically went out of it’s way to get their device to the root/custom rom devs in advance with HOPES that they would be included?  Bravo, Samsung!

    • Mr. Joe

      How do you know they didn’t?  Would have known about Samsung giving a GS2 if they didn’t tell us?  Who hasn’t said it’s been done before.

  • Anonymous

    I’m in for the Sprint flavored version of this (last rumored as the Samsung “Within” I believe…).

  • Anonymous

    Well here all along I’ve been set on getting the Bionic and then this comes along. If it comes to Verizon with LTE and unlocked like the world version and CyanogenMod supports it, I’m pretty much sold. Heck, it looks likely to even beat the Bionic to market.

  • Anonymous

    LTE or not this will be my next phone.  It’s too beastly to pass up!  The Bionic has good specs, but I’ll pass on the locked bootloader.

    • Sidearmguitars

      I’m with you, Plus no LTE luv where I’m at anyway.  

      My OG is still chugging right along but I’m ready for a change.

      Come on July!

  • A very nice phone indeed. With LTE it moves up my list a lot.

    Still wish we could get a Google Experience Nexus line phone with LTE 🙁

    • Anonymous

      If this comes rocking LTE and soon after CM7 support, its pretty dang close to it. Probably as close as you’re going to get.

  • July seems early. If its true I don’t see it having LTE. Plus they just released the Charge. Sorry guys. Why all the sudden love for Samsung and this phone lately? I expect it to get locked down too.

    • StealthVoodoo

      Considering Samsung SENT a SGS2 to a CM developer, I would imagine that it will be rather open.

      • Yeah but that one wasn’t on Verizon.

      • Rick Wilson

        As much as Sammy is open, if the carrier says lock it down the OEM will have too. But remember the twitter posting saying VZW said about bootloaders. 

    • Anonymous

       They sent the phone to Cyanogenmod devs… it won’t be locked down.

    • Dave

      It will not be locked down (and if it is, it’ll be unlockable as far as the bootloader is concerned). Samsung has been very explicit in cooperating with the developer community. Hell, they gave a GSII to the dev team of CM7 so they can port it over. 

  • Mctypething

    Locked bootloader? No thanks.

    • MFG

      Samsung sent a CM7 developer a GSII to develop on. It is open.

    • Anonymous

      Did you miss the article about Samsung sending a SGS2 to one of the CyanogenMod developers to get CM7 working on it. That doesn’t sound like a locked bootloader to me, but then again Verizon is known for screwing with that sort of stuff.

    • Rick Wilson

      Sammy said they will not have locked bootloaders and will be more open.

  • Eric

    I thought the Bionic would be my next. Guess I may need to think about that.

  • If this ships as an LTE device i will really be torn between this or the Bionic. I love Moto’s build quality but that locked bootloader annoys me and then Samsung giving a device to devs to develop roms…that may have put it over the edge……

    • Anonymous

      Ditto. I doubt I will buy Moto again even if they reverse their policy. I dont trust them. 

    • EC8CH

      If it does I won’t be torn at all…. Good Bye Moto, you haven’t done it right since the OGD.

      • Anonymous

        Same with me. This phone will be a huge seller especially with LTE.

      • Tony

        EC8CH I totoally agree with you Moto’s been caught with their pants down once again. Samsung jumps into the game and hits a home run. Moto still trying to fix the Bionic??  Whats realy going on Moto?? .

    • Inkster09

      Motorola’s hardware is barnone but Samsung is a better company and make better phones

    • The thing about LTE is that the radios are somewhat large. Samsung would have to make the phone thicker, I think. Either that or not LTE. 🙁

      • Rizzidy

        ?  says who?

        • Tyler Durden

          Look how thick the Droid Charge by Samsung is compared to this phone. If
          it was going to be LTE equipped, why would Samsung even waste time with
          the Droid Charge?

          • Anonymous

            To get sales before this comes out. i mean there are  a few months between releases it is common business practice they want as many products out as they can.

          • Anonymous

            While that is sound reasoning it still isn’t proof.

          • CT

            I would think the size issue is about getting a battery large enough to support the LTE radio for more than 5 minutes but it amounts to the same thing as what you’re saying.

    • Emily

      Motorola is still locking bootloaders and Samsung gave a GSII to Cyanogenmod….. What’s to be torn about?

      • Anonymous

        3g or LTE

    • I’m thinking the same thing. Another thing to note is that at this point AMOLED > qHD.

  • Kevoskee

    A Samsung phone I wouldn’t mind buying

  • ApplesNAndroids

    This phone + Cyanogenmod 7 = hawt

    • if this has LTE, then i’m picking it over the bionic.

      • agreed

      • Anonymous

        Good, the more of you that jump to LTE the clearer my good old 3G is. 😀

    • Inkster09

      Nope no cm7 for you sorry

  • Dennis Marquez

    I’m not sure if Fascinate II is the best choice for it’s name. Probably would turn a lot of of us off to it all together. 

  • Tyrian

    Wish this had NFC. But I’ll take it anyways!!

    • Rick Wilson

      Read that it will have NFC in some markets.

  • Anonymous

    I wish they would get another vanilla android.

  • My next phone!!! 

  • EC8CH

    Hell Yeah… Sammy’s on my nice list for their Cyanogen gift.

    Have they ditched their RFS file system on GS2?

    • Yeah. They ditched RFS… bout time XD

      • EC8CH

        Then if it has LTE and isn’t locked behind a cage, this phone will be a Beast.

  • I think my DX just cringed knowing its getting left behind for this beast!

    • Anonymous

      It is a contender but, what about the price. The Charge was $600 or $700 off contract with older specs. What is this phone going to be I wonder. That will determine how sucessfull it will be. Time to play the waiting game.

      On another note. I just noticed that an.droid-life is gone. I don’t remember if Kellex announced it or I didn’t pay attention if he did. Makes sense with all the Android related news not just Droid. Good to see it’s all in one place now.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        an.droid-life was a fail from the start. it came in under the radar, and went out under the radar and there was never any rhyme or reason as to what went where as much as there was suppose to be an obvious reason.

        • Inkster09

          I bet you an.droidlife will do good from now on soon if it comes back

    • Inkster09

      With what they are doing to these new phones with the new “software” your Droid x is fine

      • Inkster09

        I think Droid x is the final frontier on being able to root and Tom the hell out of. I think

        • Inkster09

          Again rom I meant. Man I love my nexus s KB but for some reason on this site its a nightmare.

  • Unknamed

    YES PLEASE!!

  • MFG

    PLEASE give me LTE on this thing! If it is LTE, forget the Bionic with’s it’s locked bootloader, too-huge screen, and pentile qHD display.

    • Anonymous

      Link to where anyone has confirmed the unlockable bootloader or the pentile display?

      • MFG

        Lol oh come on. We know Moto is gonna keep it locked and why would they change screen technology from the Atrix and DX2 to the Bionic? It’ll be pentile.

        • Anonymous

          There is a decent chance it will be pentile but one can hope. The D3 will be the phone that really indicates what the Bionic comes with. They will both be OMAP4 phones.

          • MFG

            Yeah, D3 will tell us a lot.

  • Anonymous

    LTE?

  • Anonymous

    If it is 4g it is a good option, but i would still like a front facing camera too. I don’t even know if i would use the ff camera, but if i am going to be locked into a phone for 2 years i want all the bells and whistles.

    • MFG

      It does have a FFC.

    • Anonymous

      It has a front facing camera I thought? The ComputerWorld article linked even says so -” Video calls are supported by a front-facing 2 megapixel camera.”

    • Anonymous

      Ah nice! I didn’t remember reading that before and didn’t see it in the article above. Thanks guys!

    • Droid Dizzy

      The SGSII has a 2mp ffc. This and the Bionic are hard to choose from. May buy BIONIC for me and the SGSII for my girl if it’s lte 4G.

  • Anonymous

    Hell yeah!

  • Slllllyyy

    Looks like a nice phone.
    I will be keeping my droid X though.

    But good for sammy. 

    • fartbubbler

      almost first.