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Samsung Galaxy S II Headed to U.S. in August

Ahhhh yes, the sweet, sweet music that we have been waiting to hear for months now.  Samsung’s president of mobile JK Shin told reporters during the unveiling of their Galaxy Tab 10.1 in South Korea that they fully expect the Galaxy S II to arrive stateside “sometime” in August.  He would not provide any other details about variants, carriers or which processors we’d be seeing, but we’re still excited to know that it’s finally on the way:

“We expect to release the Galaxy S2 in the U.S. market sometime in August,” Shin Jong-kyun, president of Samsung’s mobile business and digital imaging, told reporters at a media briefing.

So let us try to hammer this out…

The DROID Bionic is rumored to be headed to stores on August 4, but we’ve also heard September 1.  Both dates now make a ton of sense – Motorola either tries to get into the battle just before the Galaxy S II or they know that it may only be 3G and instead are planning a launch just after it and right before the iPhone 5.  The specs in both phones are equally as good (for the most part), but the difference maker is going to be LTE support.  If the Galaxy S II has it (and we’d be surprised if it did), then you should buy it without even thinking about it.

And don’t forget to check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Excited?

Via:  Yonhap News

Cheers deakons, Joey and Matt!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Wollenburg/63914929 Joey Wollenburg

    I have a feeling that they will release the S2 on Verizon and give it the option to upgrade to LTE. With the new microLTE sim cards…I just have a feeling…     

  • http://profiles.google.com/bzchickin Aaron Verhoeven

    Featured on All About Android!
    http://twit.cachefly.net/video/aaa/aaa0018/aaa0018_h264b_864x480_500.mp4

    Around 29:00 to 30:00

  • jbonics

    Cool rite in time for the anounce of the Samsung galaxy S 3 with the swiss army knife built it.

  • Alex

    Will Droid-Life do a review of side by side review of all three phones (Iphone 5, Bionic and SGSII)?

  • Anonymous

    iphone 5 killer

  • http://twitter.com/tittlemanscrest Stephen Parker

    I hope Big Red gets it. 

  • WhiteyOfVB

    what carrier is going to have the galaxy?

  • Geo

    I am going to get the Bionic or the SGS2.  I’m not going to make a day 1 buy though.  I’ll play with both at the store and keep up with the tech sites especially after the first week complaints when the Thunderbolt came out.  I have a day 1 Droid Incredible with the AMOLED screen (before they downgraded to SLCD) and it is very hard to go back to anything less.  I bought a Droid X (w/ Gingerbread) and was not impressed at all and went back to the Dinc.  I’ve played around with the Droid 3 thinking the UI will but somewhat similar to the Bionic and was not really impressed with that either.  4G won’t get to my area for 6 more months.  If the SGS2 comes preloaded with BING as the default search or downgraded to the T2 chip it is a no go.  I’m a heavy internet user but mostly on wifi.  I’ve been ready to use my upgrade for a while and glad the good news lately keeps coming.  Exciting time now.  The Apple hype monster is just about to start as the iphone 5 is coming but I think the hardcore fans have been waiting for a long time for the right phones to come out and the Bionic and SGS2 will sell well if they don’t have the problems of the Thunderbolt.

  • Pennywise

    Galaxy looks like a fantastic phone: if you don’t live in an LTE area then get the Galaxy

    Bionic looks like a fantastic phone: If you live in an LTE market, get the Bionic ($30/month for ‘home internet’ aka unlimited tethering) – Stream HD Netflix to your HDTV on unlimited data ftw!

    • Pennywise

      Wait, my post (above) has lost the spirit of this community as-of-late, rebooting my comment:

      My phone’s got a bigger *&#$ than your phone!!

    • Anonymous

      Got a question.  I read, Streaming Movies (available through the Android Market) will stream or download to certain Android devices, BUT they will NOT connect/mirror onto TV’s (for viewing) via the mini-HDMI cables.  Is that true?

      Also, will Netflix mirror and play on TV’s using the mini-HDMI cable?  Just curious.

      • Pennywise

        Can’t comment on movies streamed through Android Market.  While this has not been confirmed, Netflix should be able to stream to android devices and display on a TV over an HDMI (the whole point of HDMI is that it is copy-protected, vs DVI which does not have copy protection)

        If ‘they’ have blocked this ability, then the community needs to make _lots_ of noise.

  • Booboolala2000

    This will be my new phone. to replace my charge. Awesome! Even though I just got netflix today. LOL

  • Anonymous

    Tough choice for me, should I will forgo the Bionic with its LTE for this phone?  There’s a possibility; I’ve been running CM7 on my DX, and I’d hate to go back to MotoBlur, at least the SGS II has CM7 out for release very soon

  • Dean2359

    First,this is the animal I have been waiting for. That said,It would be a huge mistake for such a high-end device  not to have LTE. That would be like having  a Corvette with a 4 cylinder engine.And if Verizon gets it,what will they do about advertising for it? Why do you think we haven’t seen any advertising for the Droid 3? That’s an amazing phone but Big Red’s not gonna make a big deal about it cause it’s  “old Technology”,not when everyone else is touting their own 4g networks. The S2 is a beast of a phone in every way and I really hope they include Lte in it.

  • Bbrutcher

    just received a droid x2 as replacement for my droid x……………..the screen sucks on this phone!!  i have been saving my upgrade for the bionic but if it has this piece of crap screen i’ll go with the sII  4g or not!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m getting the Galaxy S2 period!  I don’t even care if it’s 3g or 4g (we will see when it gets here).  Better Screen, Faster, Best Size/Weight Ratio.  I’m in.  I do expect the Moto Droid Bionic to be released in a week or so.  I will look at them Side by Side but I would bet money, I’m going S2.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      you would bet money that your getting a phone lol…I would hope  you win that bet 

      • Anonymous

        LOL, I thought that as I was typing it.  I WILL win that bet.

    • Shadowz1218

      Who is there to say the Droid Bionic won’t be faster than the Samsung Galaxy S II? We still haven’t seen any specs for Revision 3 yet…

  • Anonymous

    I’m getting the Galaxy S2 period!  I don’t even care if it’s 3g or 4g (we will see when it gets here).  Better Screen, Faster, Best Size/Weight Ratio.  I’m in.  I do expect the Moto Droid Bionic to be released in a week or so.  I will look at them Side by Side but I would bet money, I’m going S2.

  • http://profiles.google.com/bighugstudio big hug studio

    State of smartphones is sad if people get so excited over this….

    Thinking samsung is a perfect hardware/software maker….lol crap gps, crappy wifi signal, crappy screen full of defects hidden somewhat by oversaturated colors, no led notification, overheats, crappy battery life, crappy quality, it’s endless.

    Stupid kids see some colorful screen which does shitty whites and stupid quadrant scores which don’t mean anything.  A crappy Atrix which they trash on is doing 4000 with GB now, clocked lower than this “beast”. 

    The only really decent thing about is the camera/video, well that has it’s flaws too but still better than what’s out there.  Otherwise it really brings nothing new to the table.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I agree with everything you said but I would of said it a little bit different you come off as being an ahole fanboy…but i am sure your not…You can make a point without sounding combative towards another company or product just helping you out bro

  • MikeyBotz

    I was hating on the Bionic’s look because it looks like you should be able to slide out a keyboard, but this phone looks way too similar to an I*hone. I’d be embarrased to pull it out in public! (“hey is that your mom’s phone”). If this isn’t 4G there is no shot I’m buying it.

  • MikeyBotz

    I was hating on the Bionic’s look because it looks like you should be able to slide out a keyboard, but this phone looks way too similar to an I*hone. I’d be embarrased to pull it out in public! (“hey is that your mom’s phone”). If this isn’t 4G there is no shot I’m buying it.

  • TomHolmes

    Buy it without thinking about it? I’m not an SGSII hater, but to assume that 4G is the only reason anyone would prefer the Bionic to the SGSII is silly. Webtop aside, the Bionic build quality will likely be an order of magnitude superior to the SGSII. For some of us, build quality is, by far, our #1 concern. There are many little things that the Bionic will have in its favor as well, though they may be big things for some.

    This is exciting news of course, and I’m glad all the Samsung fans will have their day, and that their day will be a kick in the teeth for the iPhone 5. I think choice is good.

  • http://profiles.google.com/statsprofessor Jakub Palka

    Fake 4G and LTE are two different things.

    Verizon won’t be LTE.  Not in August that’s for sure.

  • GotSka81

    Am I the only one who would be surprised if this WASN’T 4G?  And am I also the only one that’s giving Samsung a huge edge over Moto because they support the dev community?  Come on, folks!  Put your money where your mouth is and skip the Bionic for the GS2!  Samsung GAVE A FREE GS2 to the cyanogen devs, for crying out loud!

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I like updates…there are still roms and such for moto locked devices not concerned….Rooting use to be a big thing for me but now not so much rooting was fun the first couple times I did it but its not as great as everyone thinks it is….I will buy samsung again once they prove they can update in a timley manner

      • geedee82

        Who needs manufacturer updates when you have an unlocked bootloader???  The SGSII will have a HUGE developer following, including Cyanogen and all the heavy hitters, you would have more updates at your disposal than you could possibly know what to do with.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s be real…Verizon ain’t gettin’ this thing until 2 weeks before the Galaxy S III comes out!

    Congrats to T-Mobile customers though cuz I’m sure that’s who will get it first.  The weakest carrier with all the best devices. -_-

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

    iPhone 5, not i*hone 5?! Kellex is getting soft on us…

  • Sg2_bad

    Bionic > SG2

  • Mneighbo

    If a phone didn’t have HDMI out then I’m not interested

  • DroidX_Owner

    If you are going to be stuck with a phone for 2-years, you might as well get a phone that can enjoy 4G.  That’s the way I see it.

    • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

      Except that it is unlikely that we’ll see 4g in my area for another 2 years.  Unless they start moving faster than they have.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        I dont have 4g in my area and wont for a little bit but I travel a lot to places that do

  • J Dub

    Looks like I will be getting the SGS2 no matter what. I am pretty sure Sammy wont be locking down their devices anytime soon.

    I just really hope that they bring their chip set and not the stupid Tegra 2 which rumors have been pointing at. Why would they put another companies chip set in their device for which they make a superior set?

    Waiting for more news on this matter. This would be a worthy replacement to the D1. Then in December when my other line is due to upgrade I shall wait for the quad-core monsters to show up.