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Video: Samsung Galaxy S II Gets a New Ad, Dual-core All the Way Baby

Since we’re seeing nothing but pentile screens from our friends at Motorola and the lack of a dual-core presence from HTC on Verizon, our attention has quickly turned towards Samsung’s Galaxy S II.  With its dual-core processor, ridiculously beautiful 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, 8MP rear and 2MP front shooters, ultra-thin body and worldly amounts of buzz, we can’t wait for this bad boy to land stateside.  The DROID Bionic may have wowed us in the past when its specs were first leaked, but with fears of its screen not stepping up to the quality plate, we’re starting to wonder if the S2 is our only hope for 2011?  Let’s just hope it gets here in the next two months or it’s going to be a long, long summer.   

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  • Sidewalkslim

    if everyone got the exact phone and specs he/she wanted….why would u upgrade in the first place..manufacters make phones to make money..so they leave off certain specs on purpose..so that u KEEP buying phones..so long as u dont compromise, u lose not them. 4g, lte, amoled screen, unlocked bootloader, no blah ware, dual core…perfect phone rite? then 6 months later newer tech..now what?

  • Anonymous

    Samsung needs to get it.  99.5% of consumers would yawn after seeing this.  We like specs.  The average consumer does not care.  However, this was a pretty layman way of describing dual core, props to them for that.

  • Nostradamoose

    Still waiting on that Nexus 3D.. cmon HTC and Google.. do eeeeettttt

  • Anonymous

    HTC FTW.

  • Whiteblazer00

    I was looking forward to getting a new phone, but after seeing what’s coming, not too excited anymore.  I’ll just keep my DX and wait for the CM7 to be released!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but my last Samsung will be my last Samsung. It was a Fascinate, but it was far from a fascinating experience. 

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but my last Samsung will be my last Samsung. It was a Fascinate, but it was far from a fascinating experience. 

  • Anonymous

    Will there be a version of the Galaxy S2 with a physical QWERTY keyboard (ala the Epic 4G for the Galaxy S)?

  • DX

    When was it official that VZW was getting the Samsung Galaxy S2???  That rumor was de-bunked a while ago…and like the Big Red would ever release this phone on their network…being a “developer” phone…they couldn’t load all their crap-ware on it…

  • J Dub

    I feel like there are lots of D1 owners with contracts just waiting to be upgraded. Yet with pickings so slim why upgrade. I keep pushing back my next upgrade. Was gonna go with the D3 until the dismal review of the Milestone 3 just posted. Looks like the Galaxy S 2 can’t get there soon enough. Esp. with them already getting one into the hands of CMod. On release there will be a decent ROM just waiting to get rid of TouchWiz.

  • Interstellarmind

    will this phone be 4g?

  • So the SGS2 has battery issues?  I haven’t really been following the updates on it until I noticed that it might come to verizon.

  • Prickee

    Looks real nice but No SAMSUNG for me.   

  • I haven’t really kept up with the non-us market phones.  Is the SGII good on battery life?  Before you say yes, I’m really asking about it with regards to the CDMA network b/c I’m a vzw guy.  If it’s comparable to the DX battery life or better, I can live with that I suppose.

  • Bdmhtm145

    Seems nice… but I can’t trust any Samsung phonr.

  • Well being the D3 is going to suck it bad, I guess it’s time to give up the physical keyboard and hop on the waiting train for the SGS2. I was just hoping to get in before unlimited data goes away… ahh well  Here’s to hoping they specs don’t turn sour like the D3…

  • Anonymous

    Looks like the Bionic has a lot of catching up to do!!!  The longer Moto waits to get their act together, the more behind thier devices get while the othet OEM’s catch up and by pass Moto devices that seem to always have an issue or another. 

    I just feel that Moto is short changing us on devices like the D3 No LTE???  WTF Moto??  While other OEM’s will throw everything into a device.  Moto will give you a little here and a little there, to tease you.  While HTC, Samsung etc.. will give you what you want with some great specs.  

    • I agree that Moto seems to be attempting to take an Apple-like approach to their phones with the whole “give them a few things but leave a few key pieces out so we can sell our next one too” mentality.  The difference is, not only does Moto have some heavy competition, but they also seem to be degrading in quality instead of gradually inching forward!  Apple has made it work till now for a number of different reasons, but even they are starting to feel the pressure from android.  Take a look at what they’ve included in each sequential version of the iphone and you’ll see what I mean (assuming the iphone 5 has all the stuff I’m expecting it to).
      The good news is that Samsung seems to be taking full advantage of Motorola’s idiotic “strategy”.  They’re putting together impressive hardware offerings and despite offering touchwiz themselves which may leave something to be desired, they’re bright enough to identify that the developing community can give them a hand in this department.  Give it a year, maybe a year and a half and I’ll bet you’ll find that samsung will have the strongest sales numbers both in the US and worldwide for android phones.

      • Anonymous

        I am totally with you on the Moto issue, and I can see Samsung making a name
        again with Android, we will have to wait and see if Touchwiz can either
        improve or left out for pure Vanilla Android (wouldn’t hold my breath).

        I think it’s time for Moto to stop playing cat and mouse with the consumer
        and put out a device thats a strong runner and will last for more than a six
        month window. People will still buy a great device even if it’s 6 month old,
        as long as the specs/hardware are great.

        Moto keeps failing with all of there issues and people for some reason keep
        hanging on to the old Bionic as if it was revolutionary, it wasn’t a big
        dissapointment IMHO. The Atrix had great specs, and the Tbolt still had good
        specs w/ a sexy design (Yes, it’s the same as the EVO) but better than
        Moto’s design team.

        Moto had so much momemtum in the early OG and Droid X devices, know I am
        looking to see more and more what HTC, Samsung and other OEM’s do. Will
        have to see what the Bionic comes out looking like. I am not holding my
        breath on the Bionic, too many let downs from Moto. i love my OG but time
        to look else where.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon will likely be the last of the carriers to get it, just like last time. I am SURE they are holding off on these super phones (SGSII and Bionic) until they figure out which way is best to charge us the most for our data (read: tiered data pricing). There might be some decent 2011 tech around the corner, but we will pay more for it. Sad, really. By the time this comes out, the SGSIII will be a few months from being announced. Glad I have 4 lines that I can make it work to upgrade myself every year (kids get the hand me downs) 😉

  • It’s a sad day when the phone Droid-Life endorses above all else Big Red is shoving at us isn’t even DROID Branded. 

    Note: blame goes to VZW and manufacturers, not to DL

  • Anonymous

    With so many potential consumers chomping at the bits for a beastly device, you’d think someone would step up to the plate as fast as possible!!  Seems like we have been waiting far too long for a device that has all the current technologies!

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  • Yeah, but it MUST have 4G to really wow anyone or take over the Vzw marketplace.  If it does have an LTE radio, then watchout Moto!

  • Norm McGarry

    Let’s be honest… Verizon hasn’t had a decent phone come out since they released the iPhone. I blame Apple.

    • EC8CH

      Excellent point 🙂

    • Anonymous

      You mean since the OG Droid and the HTC Incredible?

      • tjhrulz

        Two ground breaking phones, why can’t we go back to those days 

      • Anonymous

        The DX was a decent phone for its time.

    • id like to hear how thunderbolt is not a decent phone?

      • 4G issues and battery life are the only things that come to mind…  However, those two things are deal breakers for me, hence why I still use my OGD. 

        • Anonymous

          LOL… Sounds like you’ve not owned the phone. If you are in a 4g area you would be surprised if you compared the T-Bolt to your OG!

          Nothing wrong with the OG if you can put up with its age and shortcomings.

          • BULL3T

            for its age and shortcomings it should be unable to run gingerbread, but it does run it and quite well i might add. but alas i might upgrade soon. HTC anyone?

          • Anonymous

            The Droid 1 is arguably one of the best phones to date. It is a rom flashing machine!

      • tjhrulz

        Its great but not dual core 

      • Anonymous

        I’m not hating on the Thunderbolt. It is a decent phone. I’m about to cave and get one because I don’t really want to spend another 4 months without 4g. But lets be real though, it is mediocre compared to phones that are out on other carriers. Battery issues, 4g issues, reboot issues.

      • Inkster09

        If the ogd could somehow upgrade that hardware it would still be the best phone out

    • Mr. Joe

      OH LORDY LU!

      NOTHING is good from vzw for you guys.  NOTHING!  Dual core phone?  They got one of them and three on the one.  You don’t like ANY OF THEM!

      They either don’t have:
      -unlocked Bootloader
      -zero Bloat

      You can’t have your cake and eat it two.  Pick one and stick with it! 


      • Anonymous

        Verizon has fine phones for those with limited expectations.

        If you are happy with locked bootloaders, outdated tech, poor screens… Then yes everything is fine!

        There are many people that don’t care.

        But those that visit these sites are superusers and have higher expectations.

        • Inkster09

          Couldnt of said it better myself

      • jfit400

        …im payin for cake

    • Inkster09

      My boss just got the g2x dual core and its what half a second faster than my nexus s 4g. I don’t know bout galaxy s 2 but really half a second is why ppl want dual core? Has to be just for the gamers.

      • Inkster09

        Oh did i mention dual core was supposed to help battery life? I thought? 6Hrs later he needed my charger as i got 6 more he’s.

  • Anonymous

    Make it LTE and include the NFC chip that it shows on the online specs any I will fight people for this thing. Plus, ever since I got my Samsung blu-ray player I’ve been hoping I’d be able to get a phone that included Allshare.

  • I’ve been checking the news on this phone on the hour.  I so want this phone…I’m not sure about the TouchWiz but it’s sexy and they sent Cyanogen model so I feel like it can only get better.  I just ordererd my second OG Droid from Asurion today so I really hope something GOOD comes soon

  • Verizon people will have to use the slo mo 3g with this.  LOL

    Everyone else at least gets fake 4g.

  • Petersen5

    At this point the better screen, dual core, better camera and recording, 1gb of ram, and probably better battery life due to being on 3g all day and the screen may make me sell my thunderbolt since I can’t use 4g very long due to bad battery life. What I would miss however is das bamfs full port of sense 3.0 rom if I switched.

  • Anonymous

    Well Verizon is selling the Fascinate with car charger for $50. We may not have to wait much longer.

    I unfortunately don’t see this being LTE, because Verizon is still advertising the Charge fairly heavily. They still would want to get a return on those adverstising dollars.

  • EC8CH

    Even the complete crap that is that commercial does not lessen my excitement for the GSII on VZW

  • Anonymous

    The case leaks for the US GS2 variants imply that they all share the same body as there is one case that fits all the phones.  This leads me to believe it likely will not have LTE as that must add at least a bit of bulk, just look at the size of all current LTE phones.  It would also make the Droid Bionic totally obsolete, although compared to this it already is.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t understand this… the Galaxy Tab has an LTE radio and is thin, why can’t the same happen in the GSII?

      • Anonymous

        There’s some truth to that but the Tab is still a much larger device than the GS2 so I’d imagine squeezing the LTE radio in is a bit easier from an engineering perspective than squeezing it into the tiny GS2 body. I really hope I’m wrong but you’d think the Charge would be thinner if this was possible.

        • Anonymous

          Good point.

  • Anonymous

    time for a new term hateBEASTIN’  – on the pentile screen

  • ChuckDz3

    What is the SGII dual core processor? nvidia, qualcomm snap dragon? 1.2 ghz dual core?

    • Anonymous

      1.2ghz Exynos, Samsung’s own processor and it’s amazing.

      • Some of them will be using Tegra 2s if I remember correctly.  They haven’t said which regions would get the Exynos yet.

  • if it has lte i seriously might pay the etf to t-mobile and move to verizon. i’ve been really hating my coverage signal lately with t-mobile and need a change

  • Johnqg7

    No to ugly touch wiz!

  • I just want this to come out sooner rather than later.  My OG Droid is starting to have touchscreen issues and I don’t want to have to settle for the TBolt (if it could be considered settling) when GSII is right around the corner.  I’d like to see LTE but it’s not a deal breaker for me since there is no LTE in my area.  I was all for the Bionic, but with the likelihood of shitty Blur, locked bootloader, and pentile display, I wouldn’t take the Bionic for free.

    • Do you have Insurance?  My touchsceen has been acting up…random scrolling…random inputting or characters in fields…just ghost in the machine crap.

  • Anonymous

    It would be BS if they released this with Tmobile/ATT “4G” and then left the Verizon customers in the dark ages with 3G.

  • I love my physical keyboard but if this releases with LTE this phone is mine

  • This is the next phone I am getting. Bionic will probably have the horrible pentile screen and motoblur which is slow. The SGS2 wins hands down for me. Far better screen, better CPU, thinner, lighter, faster, touchwiz 4.0, and other things. The only thing the bionic might have is LTE but since samsung got LTE in the 10.1 it might show up in the GS2.

  • BJ P.

    I’m thinking galaxy s2 or droid targa..
    targa looks better than bionic.. 🙂

    • The Observer

      The Targa is the Bionic.

    • Anonymous

      Well, if you are meaning what I think you are meaning, we’re not sure we’ll ever see the device that was dubbed the Targa. 🙂

  • I am so torn between the Bionic and the S II, I think for most of us its all going to come down to LTE. But what if they are both LTE? ahhh >_< (oh and when I leave my OG I will be heartbroken)

    • EC8CH

      If they are both LTE it’s a no brainer…

      Goodbye Moto.

      • Inkster09

        Lte is gonna crash and burn. Verizon. gotto love em.

    • JD

      How is it a hard decision? The Galaxy S 2 is way better. Not only is the SAmoled + screen beautiful, but the phone is also more powerful than the Bionic. The “Samsung Exynos 4210/mali-400 (GS2)” is significantly faster than the “TI OMAP4/PowerVR SGX540 (Bionic)”, just take a look at the benchmarks for the D3.

      Just to give you an idea, Samsung used the same GPU (PowerVR SGX540) on their single core hummingbird phones last year.
      *Someone please correct me If I’m wrong.

      If you’re concerned about built quality, just put on a case, and it’ll be as thick as a Bionic but more resistant.

      Also Samsung doesn’t lock their bootloaders, so you can install as many roms as you like.

    • Jd

      How is it a hard decision? The Galaxy S 2 is way better. Not only is the SAmoled + screen beautiful, but the phone is also more powerful than the Bionic. The “Samsung Exynos 4210/mali-400 (GS2)” is significantly faster than the “TI OMAP4/PowerVR SGX540 (Bionic)”, just take a look at the benchmarks for the D3.

      Just to give you an idea, Samsung used the same GPU (PowerVR SGX540) on their single core hummingbird phones last year.
      *Someone please correct me If I’m wrong.

      Also Samsung doesn’t lock their bootloaders, so you can install as many roms as you like.

  • I love how the Atrix add at the top of these pages keep saying “worlds fastest smartphone” Even with the GSII here rocking its socks.

    • It’s all relative. 

      You are too blind to see it.  You can only see a stupid 3500 quadrant which is really 2500.

  • Anonymous

    Yes! I am definitely excited about this!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll most likely be getting the Galaxy S2 over the Bionic if it’s 4G, though I don’t see why it wouldn’t be.  Other then .2″ of screen size, it’s better than the Bionic in every other way.

    • Anonymous

      Really?  Let’s compare shall we.

      dual core OMAP4 vs dual core Exynos = about the same performance
      both have 1 GB ram
      both have 16 GBs internal memory
      both have 8 MP cameras capable of 1080p recording
      both have HDMI out (GS2 requires an MHL cable)
      The Bionic has a 1930 mAh battery vs the gs2’s 1650 mAh
      both have FFCs
      GSII has NFC, Bionic unknown
      Bionic has 4G LTE, GS2 unknown
      Bionic has 4.3″ IPS qHD pentile LCD, GS2 has 4.3″ AMOLED+, ok the GS2 wins here but the pentile hate is very overexaggerated

      Looks to me like they’re pretty even no?  If anything the Bionic wins, especially with Motorola’s notoriously good build quality and Samsung’s reputation for plastic.

      • Anonymous

        Well I hope you’re right there, John.  So little is known about the Bionic at this point that all we can do is speculate as to what’s inside.  Last specs I saw stated 512MB of RAM, which would totally cripple the device.  And I wouldn’t be shocked to see Motorola do just that.

        Also, the PenTile display really is that bad.  It’s terrible in fact.  Do you have first hand experience with it, John?  It was one of the reasons I returned my Droid X2.

        I would notch a point for the Bionic when it comes to design but in this case due to the Galaxy S2’s thickness and weight I can’t do it.  The thinner and lighter the better for me.

        Also that fact that Samsung is openly supporting custom ROM devs sorta seals the deal for me.

        • Anonymous

          The old Bionic had 512 MB, the redesigned version has webtop and 1 GB ram.

          Yes, I’ve seen the Atrix with my own two eyes, it’s noticeable but no, it’s not terrible. Let me ask you this, would you have noticed if it hadn’t been pointed out to you? Would it really be that big a deal? I honestly don’t understand the hyperbole behind the pentile bashing, it’s certainly not the best but it’s far from terrible and the screen is brighter and far more viewable in sunlight. Would I take an AMOLED+ over it? Most definitely. Would I give up a bunch of other positives about a phone just because it has a pentile display? Most definitely not.

          As far as weight and thickness goes, are you really telling me that 1 ounce and a couple millimeters is something to write home about? Really??? Btw, the new Bionic has been redesigned, we don’t yet know its weight or dimensions.

          Yes, Samsung’s open policy on bootloaders and custom roms is nice but again, we don’t know how the Bionic will turn out in that respect. Motorola has stated that they will be allowing it at some point and it could very well be that the Bionic’s bootloader ends up locked but not encrypted which would be much easier to break.

  • MFG

    This NEEDS to be LTE.

    And that was a stupid ad. Just show us features like Apple’s ads. Most consumers don’t care about dual-core.

    • Thats a good visual way to explain dual core though since most people will see dual core cpu at 1.2ghz and think that the cpu then runs at 2.4ghz

      • EC8CH

        If someone needs it dumbed down to that level, they should probably just buy an i*hone

        • Ooo

          well thats lame, would of been way cooler if it was 1.2 ghz per core.

        • Ooo

          well thats lame, would of been way cooler if it was 1.2 ghz per core.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Verizon, Verizon, Verizon, Verizon, Verizon , Verizon!

    (that is a shizzy commercial though)

  • HSPA+ ? is the ATT/T-mo first then?

  • Nick

    It all comes down to LTE…

  • Stelv81

    If I know Verizon, they will dumb this phone down and make us wait a century for it.

    • Anonymous

      Sad, but potentially true. 🙁

  • Vespadaddy

    LTE equipped?  or no?

    • Anonymous

      I doubt it

    • Anonymous

      Doubting it, but we really don’t know.  They managed to slip in LTE to their Tab 10.1 so we’ll see.

      • hkklife

        If they won’t give us LTE, then Sammy needs to get with the program and give us a qHD screen. 800×480 is soooo 2009!

  • Patrickmhoge

    I want that.

  • I’m having a hard time deciding between this one and the Bionic… :

    • T Hall

      If this has LTE, I think this is the way to go…

      • I’m leaning toward agreeing with you. 4.5″ screen is great, but if it’s the crappy pentile one that we’ve seen on their other models, then that’s going to be a huge con. Not to mention that Samsung is super developer friendly now. 

        • Dfg

          haha… it sounds like you guys are just repeating what D-L is saying. You’re not even sure but you want to sound smart …

          • I’m not even sure what you’re referring to, but you do sound like an ass.