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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!

  • Anonymous

    Here is yet another example of the processing speeds. (Sorry Pic didn’t show)
    1. OMAP 4
    2. Tegra 2
    3. Snapdragon’s Dual Core
    3. Tegra 2
    4. Exynos

    • Anonymous

      ??

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        no clue what point or what this list is about either

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        no clue what point or what this list is about either

  • Anonymous

    August is gonna be a BEAST month!

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    galaxy s2 went through the fcc with a tegra chip set so we knew that the US side will use tegra…I have a hard time believing this phone will land on verizon in august or even septemeber..Im planning on a launch in october or november just my opinion tho

    • Anonymous

      Agree since Verizon likes to take their good ol time releasing phones I’m sure they will want to try and get more sales for their Droid line then release this like they did with the fascinate.

    • Anonymous

      Agree since Verizon likes to take their good ol time releasing phones I’m sure they will want to try and get more sales for their Droid line then release this like they did with the fascinate.

    • Anonymous

      i thought the UK and US versions would be exynos and everyone else tegra 2

  • Anonymous

    Whats the probability that it will be lte for Verizon? Any idea kellex?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Like him the probability is not good…from what everyone is saying this will be a 3g phone only

      • Anonymous

        Hm alright if they do somehow get lte into it this will be the phone to get hands down. Wonder if they will do like moto did with Droid 2 and Droid 2global maybe bring the function as 3g then release an lte version a few months later?.

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          they might but samsung really hasnt been like that in the past… they usually just make a varant for each carrier and tahts it for their galaxy s lines but who knows maybe they will surprise us

  • Guest

    maybe moto will see this and give us a beter time frame than “Summer”

  • Lpmeteoraremix

    BEST NEWS IVE HEARD IN A LONG TIME WITH ANDROID! Ill switch to whatever carrier has this phone!

  • Anonymous

    Well…I’m not up for an upgrade until early(Mar) of 2012, but now I got plenty of time to decide if I want to get the Samsung Galaxy S II or the Droid Bionic…or get something even MORE powerful when the next super phone gets released and I ain’t talkin’ about that one with a non-removable battery…that’s just bollocks!

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

    Just found out my area, KC-Lawrence-Topeka won’t be 4g anytime soon.  So I guess 4g isn’t an issue for this upgrade huh?  Input my fellow droidheads?

    • MrJonReid

      Hell yea, L-Town, stand up!!! ROCK CHALK

  • Faust’s Lament

    I’m a Verizon customer, but not in a 4G area. Is it safe to assume that 4G will become ubiquitous in the next 2 years (and thus a good idea to get a 4G phone), or will 4G accessibility remain limited?  Trying to figure out if I’d rather have the phone I’ve been waiting for (S2), sans 4G, or just assume I’ll enjoy 4G speeds at some point in the future, and get the bionic. 

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

      exactly my issue.  we’re not looking to get it in my area until late 2012 maybe.

  • Anonymous

    Finally, the one thing I care about in Android lately has come through with some good news!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like Moto has a fight on thier hands and better yet competition!!!  The GS2 should be 4glte and if it is Moto better have the Bionic up to the task or it will be one big filure for Moto. 

    I wouldn’t be surprised if mot is rtooling more on the Bionic but knowing Moto ehhh lol We will see.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I just dont believe that this phone will come out next month or september…verizon seems to always slack when it comes to phones…Ex. the thunderbolt should of been out january but they take their sweet time and always seem to push back phone release dates…I think the US will get it in august but for sprint or tmobile verizon will be the last to get it and i expect that to be october or november for the holidays

      • Anonymous

        @brian, It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened especially with Verizon,
        Sprints line up is definitely impressive but you would have to think if they
        (Verizon) wait till november and your looking at 2013 technology coming out
        in January CES show for the new devices to come out in the 2nd qtr the S2 is
        old by then.

        Verizon would try to squeeze every human being out there to seel that phone
        so, yeah i can se it lol.

  • Patrick Da Silva

    thats great news since i have an upgrade coming in september
    but im still in doubt between bionic and galaxy

  • http://twitter.com/wynalazca Andrew Webber

    I’m surprised that you’d be surprised if the verizon GS2 has LTE. The only major upgrade from the Charge to the GS2 is a dual core processor and a slightly different look. I’d be REALLY surprised if the GS2 DOESN’T have LTE.

    • Anonymous

      Plus more ram, better cameras.

  • Anonymous

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, GrabPenny.com

  • Anonymous

    Meh.  I’m probably in the minority, but I’m not interested in a U.S. Galaxy S 2 just because of what U.S. carriers did to the first Galaxy S.  Delayed updates (Europe and Asia got a fairly quick up to 2.2 and the first update to the 2.3), issues with internal storage, bloatware added, Google removed.  

    Hopefully the success of the Galaxy S means that Samsung is in a better position to not have the carriers jack up the phone.  I don’t want another Fascinate…

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I agree before I get another samsung phone they will have to prove to me that they can handle updates….say what you want about moto but my droid x has gingerbread my og droid got froyo ….I trust moto a lot more than samsung…I want to know that the money I spend will be worth it

      • Anonymous

        The issue with updates isn’t Samsung’s fault IMO. Like I said, overseas they got Froyo in an OK time, and Gingerbread was the first non Nexus phone to get Gingerbread.  Seeing how other carriers (especially Verizon) treated the Galaxy S makes me think they were reponsible for the holdup.  It is telling that even after all that time, none (I think none where, the Epic may have been but I’m not sure) were updated OTA, but had to be done via the Kies software.  The carriers didn’t want to upgrade the Galaxy S line and that caused the lag.

        I used to blame and hate on Samsung but their handling of the Galaxy S overseas and commitment to not locking down phones and releasing source code (they weren’t as good with this with the Galaxy S, but they have nailed it with the Galaxy S2) puts them above Motorola.  If they could absorb Motorola’s build quality they would be almost perfect.

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          I dont think its just carriers fault I think samsung should of stood up to the carriers if that was the case but I beleive both are to blame.. I just dont understand why other phones on the same carrier get updated but yet it took samsung forever…so I wouldnt just blame the carriers but samsung too…somthing else has to be going on and it cant just be the carriers fault..It takes two to tango….yeah but moto is opening up bootloaders in november so being open or not does not effect me as long as they stay to their word locked bootloaders shouldnt be a problem….I think you will see the bionic have a unlockable and lockable bootloader like the xoom has. 

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          I dont think its just carriers fault I think samsung should of stood up to the carriers if that was the case but I beleive both are to blame.. I just dont understand why other phones on the same carrier get updated but yet it took samsung forever…so I wouldnt just blame the carriers but samsung too…somthing else has to be going on and it cant just be the carriers fault..It takes two to tango….yeah but moto is opening up bootloaders in november so being open or not does not effect me as long as they stay to their word locked bootloaders shouldnt be a problem….I think you will see the bionic have a unlockable and lockable bootloader like the xoom has. 

  • david

    August 4 or we riot

  • Cb3fsu

    The GSII will have a better screen, a better processor, better battery life, is thinner, lighter and undeniably better looking.

    The bionic will have 4G LTE…which Motorola has yet to get working.  

    Just a guess, the Bionic will disappoint a lot of people with terrible battery life and other glitchiness.

    I don’t use the internet on my phone that much, 4G isn’t that big a deal to me.  If it becomes a big deal to me Im sure I could get a pretty penny for a GSII on craigslist or ebay.

    I have no interest in the Bionic.  After hearing about it over nearly a year it just doesn’t sound that impressive.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      im unsure where you get your facts but anything that you heard is a rumor…for all we know it could have a 1.5 dual core….but the bionic has ddr2 with 1gb of ram and lte…Battery life doesnt seem to be a problem for the charge so i wouldnt worry about that…But lets wait to see the actual device before we make comments like this

  • geedee82

    I can’t wait to bang college chicks in their dorms from behind slappin that booty pullin on her hair squeezin tig ol bitties and bustin on her face with a SGSII in my pocket

    • geedee82

      …or a Bionic I guess

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I dont need a phone to do that :p

      • geedee82

        oh you don’t use the app for that?  nerd.

  • Branshaw09

    Hey Kellex,
    Thanks for always being on top of things and providing us with so much information before it hits the mainstream news.  I really do wish that you’d elaborate more on all of your references to a Sept 1 release for the Bionic.  You are the only person on the internet that has stated that.  Every sign (bionic sign up, leaked ads, system photos, etc) point to an August 4 release.  I have a TON of faith in this site and the information that it reports on, but your Sept 1 drops here and there are so vague and nonchalant.  I know your sources are credible, but as a fan of the bionic and of this site I’d like to see a little more info backing it up.  Thanks again for all you and your team do!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/scott.strool Scott Strool

    All this means to mean is more waiting and choice. Bad and Good!

  • ScottyfromGA

    I will be in a tizzy when it comes upgrade time…I dunno if I want the Bionic or S2.  Love my Droid’s but fudge that S2 makes me get tingly in my naughty parts.

  • Mineral21

    Pretty simple for me then.  GSII has LTE, i’m getting it.  If it doesn’t, I’m getting the Bionic.  And thank god.  Not sure how much longer i can bear using my OG Droid.

  • BionicDoesAll

    Ive heard the Bionic is being released on August 7th…

    • TomHolmes

      On a Sunday? Brilliant!

  • Anonymous

    SGSII on VZ will not be 4G, nor DROID branded. Likely either called the rumored Function, or Fascinate II (meaning Bing is an option…) Either way overall not better than the Bionic.

  • Anonymous

    If its not going to have 4G, you might aswell get the Droid 3.
    But if it does, it’ll be great but VERY expensive. 

    • Anonymous

      I know, they’re trying to sell the Charge for $300, and the S2 (if it is 4G) will certainly be a much better phone than the Charge.

  • Anonymous

    RELEASE THE KRAKEN

    • EC8CH

      which one is the Kraken?

      • Anonymous

        your choice.

  • geedee82

    I just hope the verizon version of the SGSII has all four traditional android buttons on the bottom and not that big one in the middle, then that junk would look siiiiick son!

    • Anonymous

      Translation: It looks too much like the iPhone….

      • geedee82

        Further Translation:  The iphone looks gay…

        • Anonymous

          Even Further Translation: that makes Samsung even more gay for copying the look of it…

  • http://twitter.com/brttwrd7 brett ward

    I honestly dont care for 4g lte until manufacturers supply batteries that can actually handle such network drain. 3g is fast enough for me, so gsii is my choice. My mother was convinced into buying the thunderbolt, she gets up at 6am every morning and her thunderbolt dies by 5pm. when she told me that on the phone, i had no intent on getting a 4g phone as an only choice, 3g isnt dead yet

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      yeah but I beleive that the charge has actually decent battery life from what I heard and taht is 4g….the thunderbolt was the first 4g phone and htc seems to slack on batteries so I will just fault HTC for the thunderbolt they should of packed a higher battery…I am not saying 4g doesnt effect battery life…but I think it will be a lot better since this is the 4th or 5th phone released hoopefully the companies learned there lessons

  • Jak_341

    The SGII is a real phone. Even if it is 3G, I am all over it. The Bionic…not so much. Blur, Pentile, low RAM. Can’t we just kick Motorola out of the Open Handset Alliance already?

    • Anonymous

      How is 1gb low ram?

      • EC8CH

        if half of it is reserved for webtop

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        and its ddr2 haters gonna hate ;p

    • Jjjjj

      Soooooooooooo, the mark of a “real phone” is not whether or not it can make and receive phone calls, but its UI, screen, and ram?  Well okay then, all these years I guess I have been going at it the wrong way.

    • DROID VADAR

      Blur from the d3 destroys touchwiz in every way. Just cause it has a bad name from the past doesn’t mean it hasn’t evolved. Other than htc sense moto has the best skin (watch the d3 video)

  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t care less about 4G. Except for killing batteries and data caps, its worthless on a cell phone. I don’t need to stream music any faster, and 3G is fine for Youtube.

    What matters is battery life, screen quality and RAM. Bionic fails at least 2 of these (pentile display and only 512MB), so the SG2 will be the only choice.

    The boat has sailed Moto.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Kirk-Hinson/1401588098 Brandon Kirk Hinson

      “Bionic fails at least 2 of these (pentile display and only 512MB)”
      Highly doubt the Bionic will be released with 512 everything I have seen recently says 1gb. and if it is going to be used on the laptop dock it will have 1gb.

      and I guess I dont know enough about screens to know why pentile is so bad? I have read it will be qHD never really  cared about subpixels.

      • Anonymous

        DL posted they are bad so all the non-thinking commentators scream about it.  That sums up most of the posts, its the new “I hate Blur” catch phrase.  Like most aspects to a phone it is subjective and may or may not mean much to you.  To me there is a difference however by no means would it prevent me from buying a phone with one.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Kirk-Hinson/1401588098 Brandon Kirk Hinson

          do you know what the GSII uses that is better then pentile?

          from what I have googled pentile deals with the sub-pixel layout. but there is different versions example RGB or RGBW, and they can have different formations.

          I never understood the whole “I hate blur”. I’m not a big fan so I use launcher pro. I also don’t care that the bootloader is locked. I can still root and install new roms, I know the roms cant be as good as they can be due to not being able to play with the kernel but… in the long run it doesn’t stop me from buying a phone.

          • Anonymous

            The GSII screen will likely be better.  But again, it’s up you how much it matters.

            I think all the anti-whatever is just the mob mentality tech blogs breed. People feel the need to defend things like they are religious icons instead of gadgets.

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            better in what way I mean what is it 800x 400 or something that is silly for a phone that is suppose to be a “superphone”

          • Anonymous

            Well it’s not qHD, but again I don’t think that’s a game changer.  Plus I’m sure the Samsung will have great picture quality. So I don’t think the screen will decide it for anyone necessarily.

          • Guest

            CCCCCOOOMMBBOO BREAAKKERRRRR

          • Pennywise

            The GSII will have an OLED (organic light emitting diode) display (which imo, has unrealistic, over-saturated colors and contrast, and will have lower pixel count than the qHD displays)

            To answer your question though, no I do not know what the GSII uses that is ‘better’ than the pentile ; )

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          agree perfectly said if droid life didnt post anything about the screen noone would of even cared as much as they do now….Good job droid life….:P

          • Anonymous

            Well I don’t have a problem with DL not liking the screen, just all the people who start jumping up and down without ever looking for themselves.

    • Pennywise

      4G (and OMAP) = HD Netflix.  HDMI out = unlimited streaming of HD Netflix to your HDTV = Winner (imo)

  • http://profiles.google.com/gorgio1 Alex G

    F### i cant wait ne more!

  • geedee82

    I want both

  • Anonymous

    looks like i’m gonna be forced to save $700 till it releases…good bye social life :(

  • Anonymous

    Well looks like my landlord won’t be getting August OR Septembers rent

    • FortitudineVincimus

      If money is that tight, they likely didn’t get Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June or July’s

      • Anonymous

        ; D

  • http://facebook.com/gotmurph Ben Murphy

    Funny, Droid Life recommending the SG2…must be one helluva device. :-)

    • EC8CH

      don’t you remember the Thunderbolt Hypebeastin’?

      Love for android phones extends beyond the Droid brand here at Droid-Life.

  • Blueethernov13

    this has to have 4G , or it will be a supermajorepic FAIL…

  • Android Addict

    OK…now i’m really torn over how to use my upgrade.  :-/

  • Android Addict

    OK…now i’m really torn over how to use my upgrade.  :-/

  • Anonymous

    The buzz has worn off for me.  No LTE means no buy.  However looks like a good option for the wife.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    JUST RELEASE THE BIONIC.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    JUST RELEASE THE BIONIC.

    • EC8CH

      JUST RELEASE THE GSII.

  • Anonymous

    Bionic 4G > SGS II 3G

    SGS II screen > Bionic Pentile

    Fight

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      You forgot the ultra-fast 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor that would simply laugh at Bionic’s processor.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500860219 Tino Wallace

         You sure the US version will have the Exynos?? I thought it was going to have the T2?

        • Anonymous

          it better not have a tegra 2 =

          • geedee82

            It won’t

        • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

          I’m pretty sure but lets not get too much excited until we hear an official
          word.

        • EC8CH

          There were rumors that sammy couldn’t keep up with the demand for exynos, so they may start substituting in T2s

          • Jake Bailey

            Please, no.

          • EC8CH

            exactly :-)

        • Anonymous

          My understanding was they were putting the T2 in smaller markets, but U.S. should have the exynos.

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          fcc from a month ago showed tegra 2 in the sgs2 american side so I would think tegra would be in it

      • Anonymous

        A 1gHZ dual core OMAP4 processor is faster than a 1GHZ dual core Exynos.
        If the Bionic gets overclocked to 1.2 gHZ, it will be faster than the GS2. 

        http://www.mysamsungwave.com/index.php?topic=6173.0

        • ScottyfromGA

          but for a guy like me that doesn’t care about screwing with the internals, I want something fast NOW….or someone to show me how to overclock.  then that would make this post meaningless…………..

          • Anonymous

            I know what you mean. 
            Im just saying that the Bionic will use a faster processor.

            If the put the Bionic to 1GHZ, it will just be to preserve battery life. 
            But if they set the Bionic to 1.2 GHZ, it will be faster than the GS2. 

          • Anonymous

            You’re splitting hairs. You will not really see an overall performance difference between 1 and 1.2 in either processor. That’s just for the marketing teams. Both processors are in line with each other with amazing performance. Both easily trounce Tegra 2.

        • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

          While there is no dual-core exynos processor clocked at 1 GHz but I wonder
          why the OMAP and Tegra processors have not been clocked to 1.2 GHz. Maybe
          they are just not stable enough for that, so IMO, Exynos wins since it’s
          quite good at 1.2 GHz. Ya I know abt 1.5 GHz OMAP processor in Archos
          tablets but this processor is yet to hit phones. And just have a look at
          S2’s quadrant and linpack scores and compare it to that of Droid 3 or any
          other device and you’d know that only the diff of 200 MHz can’t do that —
          you need raw power of Exynos couple with Mali-400 GPU chips!

          • Anonymous

            Well better safe then sorry. I am sure a OMAP or Tegra 2 processor can be clocked at 1.2 gHZ and beat the Exynos.

            We will see when the Droid 3 gets overclocked….

            And you really can’t compare Quadrant scores. Or linpack for that matter. 

          • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

            Ya… okay. We’ll see. But don’t you think Mali-400 gpu chips is better than
            the adreno gpu units?

          • Anonymous

            You guys are such GEEKS…..lmfao!!!!

          • Droidzzz

            Seriously!  I’ve never seen such a geek pissing match in my life.  I thought for a second that these guys were just making up shit to be goofballs on the internet, but the more I read it, the more I realized everyone seems to be serious.  The worst part is you can sense each person trying to “prove themselves” to the others with their “tech savvy” phone knowledge.  As to the whole Droid 3 being a shitty phone comments.  Unless you tether or watch assloads of video, the lack of 4G speed won’t make a difference.  For a lot of everyday smartphone consumers the Droid 3’s design is perfect.  The 512mb of RAM is plenty for these folks who aren’t downloading tons of apps.  Locked bootloader and motoblur are foreign words to probably 75% of prospective smartphone buyers.  Maybe to many on this forum, where everyone is basically chasing some imaginary phone that has every possible top end spec available, the Droid 3 is a bomb.  But like others have said, don’t forget 3G also means better battery life.  I get that this site is tailored to tech savvy folks looking for the latest and greatest and all.  I’m just not sure why it still bothers me somehow that these folks act like they’re the average consumer and deem solid phones as “fails” simply because every latest and greatest spec and hardware piece isn’t built into it.

          • Anonymous

            The Droid 3 gives you a handgasm when you hold it….

          • Anonymous

            Hilarious watching all of the geek juice getting spilled everywhere!!! Lolol!!!

          • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

            :( what are you doing on DL if you aren’t a geek, or the sort of. We’re the
            ANDROID users, eh!

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

            There’s plenty of Tegra 2’s clocked @1.5ghz +

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            yeah the xoom has been overclocked to like 1.8 or something crazy so its not because it wont be stable…plus the gs2 has a lower resolution which increses the quadrant score

          • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

            You’re a noob! Can you explain why Moto didn’t launch it clocked at 1.8 GHz
            then? Not only Motorola, every other manufacturer which used Tegra 2….
            hmm?

        • Dmota25

          Man I do have the GS2 AND it’s really fast and overcloked 1.5 ready!! My Qwadrant it’s
          3980… What do u Think?

          • Anonymous

            Wow! Just if quadrant was actaully reliable!
            My Droid X overclocked to 1.35 gHZ can get 3300.

            Single Core Processor @ 1.35  scores 3300
            Dual Core Processor      @   1.50 scores 3900

            If thats not enough to show how inaccurate quadrant is, I am not sure what to tell you. 

          • FTW

            The Exinos is the better chip of all the other ones. Even before it was released their was an article that had predicted it to be the faster and better one. It’s an enhanced Cortex A9 as opposed to the others. That phone is the fastest out right now, and many reviewers agree. You can say all you want, and make all sorts of excuses, but at the end of the day, the GSII feels and works faster. My X2 feels slow compared to my Fascinate at 1.6ghz. The GPU in the GSII is just a monster, maybe not the best, but it is the fastest one out there.

          • Anonymous

            The OMAP4 Processor in the LG Optimous 3D and Droid 3 has already been proven faster. 
            The X2 uses Tegra 2, which is behind both, but fast nonetheless. 

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

            That’s pathetic since a GS2 with tegra 2 @1.0ghz did the same. LOL

        • Zak Solis

          SGSII is rumored to launch in the US with a nVidia chipset if i am not mistaken. 

    • Spikepark

      No reason for the SGSII to even come stateside if it’s not 4G- as it will suffer the same fate as the Droid 3 (BOGO at Verizon and $69 at Amazon Wireless- which obviously means the phone is not selling).
      Especially since the same phone came out a week later in Canada with 4G.  No new superphone should come out w/o 4G- come on Samsung, get your act together.

      • Anonymous

        I think if Droid 3 doesn’t sell well it’ll have more to do with people wanting keyboard becoming a smaller and smaller market with swype (and similar alternatives) replacing that need.  I know two people, one from a BB and one from a WinMo Treo and insisted on getting a Droid Pro as they needed a keyboard.  A few months later both don’t use the keyboard and wish they had the larger screen.  I have to imagine this isn’t unique to them.

        • GotSka81

          I think quite the opposite…anyone who wants a beast of a phone (dual core, 4″ screen, 8mp, etc) wants it to be future proof, and being a 3G phone is definitely NOT future-proof.  It’s clear that Verizon is making an effort to get LTE out as quickly as possible.  With how quickly phones become antiquated, the droid 3 is antiquated (in this way, at least) at launch.  Why moto would bother releasing a phone that won’t sell?  No idea.  They had to know not having 4G would kill it.  I chalk it up to moto not knowing what the hell is going on, as is made clear by their recent decisions, release schedule, and PR policys.

          Beyond that, I think comparing the droid pro keyboard to the droid 3 keyboard is…not even close.

          • Spikepark

            I agree on all counts!

          • Anonymous

            So I made my point very poorly.  I definitely was not trying to compare the two phones (Pro and 3) against each other.  More of what is going on in the market place in terms of user demand for keyboards vs slate/non-keyboard phones.  I think the amount of keyboard smartphones offered speaks to that and was therefor guessing the amount of Droid phones sold with keyboard will reduce year over year (maybe not in lower unit sales but in slower growth versus the others).

            While not having LTE would seem likely to hamper sales I would also counter that there will be many more 3G smartphones this year than LTE according to the last chart thrown around.  I don’t think Verizon is even anticipating LTE to outpace 3G next year either.  So selling a LTE phone would actually produce fewer potential sales than 3G.  I think the only exceptions to that rule will be 1 or 2 flagship LTE phones.

          • Anonymous

            People seem to forget:

            1. LTE is not available everywhere. – People in rural areas have no incentive to pay extra for 4G phones/service.

            2. First generation 4G radios are not very energy efficient and will drain your battery much faster than a 3G radio that has been refined and integrated into the chipset.

          • GotSka81

            I live in a rural area that doesn’t have 4G and probably won’t for some time, however, if and when it does (within 2 years?  Probably somewhere in my area) I don’t want to be stuck on old hardware.  The bottom line (for me) is as simple as this…if I’m going to spend $200-$250 on a phone, I want it to be current and have all the features that a $200 phone should have.

          • GotSka81

            Point taken, but that’s assuming that those who aren’t interested in 4G would not buy the droid 3 if it were LTE ready.  I think most would simply count it as an added feature that they may not use now, but will in the future.

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            how is having a 4g phone future proof tho??? Honest question I mean I know some people use their phones as their interenet provider (Im looking at you people online with laggy connections) but I mean 4g is nice and very fast but saying future proof I think is over exaggerated…..A 3g phone still will have interenet and make calls etc… web browsing will just be a tad slower…In any event tho 2 years is not that long

          • GotSka81

            It has been rumored that Verizon will be discontinuing the current 3G CDMA bands relatively quickly and moving all phones to LTE.  Now, obviously they aren’t going to stiff all their customers with 3G only phones, but it will happen sooner or later.  It’s like anything else tech-related…what is currently optional and frivolous will someday be considered standard and normal…and even eventually outdated and antiquated.

      • Christephormorris

        i got a question 4gs not in my area so why would i need a 4g phone 

    • EC8CH

      Seems to me that LTE chips aren’t fully developed yet, meaning much better LTE phones will be coming out in the near future once the hardware has matured.  

      Is it worse to be stuck on a two year contract with a excellent performing 3G SGII, or a less than optimized 4G Bionic?

      Bring it…

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        but what is less optimized??cause last time I checked 4g flies and there is no limitation in performance…I think the only knock is battery life might suffer a little…but what your saying doesnt make since

        • EC8CH

          Like you said current LTE chips are a bit of a battery hog, and they require more space making the phone’s more bulky.  That is what I mean be less optimized, plus hard to quantify bugginess that may or may not be attributed to integrating the relatively new LTE chips.

          So yes slower data speeds, but better battery life, slimmer phone, possibly less buggy…

          or faster data speeds, but worse battery life, fatter phone, and possibly more buggy. 

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            It wasnt making the phone buggy it wasnt playing nice with the processor…making it run hotter

          • Anonymous

            Sounds like my Thunderbolt!  :D  I still love her though

    • EC8CH

      US versions of the GSII won’t have that physical home button… almost guaranteed.

      • Anonymous

        I doubt that. 
        They probably will. 

        • EC8CH

          here’s a pic of the GSII from AT&T with no physical home button:

          • geedee82

            Looks BEAUTIFUL!!!!  I remember when that pic came out a while back, I was trying to find it the other day but couldn’t, thanks for posting.

          • Anonymous

            Looks identical to the Samsung Infuse 4G on ATT…

    • Booboolala2000

      Yet with IceCreamSandwhich you wont need any other buttons. LOL. And if the Bionic runs anything like the D3, you will have even worse battery life. Oh and a completly unlocked bootloader on the SGSII! 

  • Anonymous

    Exactly Kellan, if GS2 has LTE, there is no other choice period

    • tjhrulz

      correct, but also kellen is spelled with an e, not be a grammar nazi but would hate if everyone started yelling at you for the misspell 

      • WormDoes

        His name is Kellex, not Kellen

        • geedee82

          uh, no

          • WormDoes

            Really?? On 07.20.11, In News, by Kellex

          • geedee82

            His actual name is Kellen though, he always calls himself that in the Droid life videos

          • EC8CH

            Maybe the “x” is pronounced like an “n” in Kellex
            just like “x” is pronounced like a “z” in Xoom

          • geedee82

            Ha! maybe….alls I know is Kellex be kellen’ em wit the hypebeastin’ son!

          • Anonymous

            Kellen is his real name, Kellex is his avatar/profile/screen name.

          • geedee82

            noshit

          • tjhrulz

            Yeah Kellen is name username Kellex. They are interchangeable 

        • geedee82

          technically its both I guess

      • Rick Lopez1

        ooooh BURN!!!

      • Thatsjared87

        You mean Kellex? Also, spelling someone’s name wrong isn’t a grammar mistake. 

        I know what is a mistake though, you not only spelling it wrong while trying to call someone out on a “grammar” mistake, but also not upper-casing a proper noun. This doesn’t make you a grammar Nazi…just a Nazi. 

        • tjhrulz

          you win, typically though when fixing spelling on the internet though you are still called a grammar Nazi, never heard of a spelling Nazi 

      • Illinipoke98

        His name is Bob.

        • tjhrulz

          It is? my bad

    • Anonymous

      whos kellan????? O.o

  • tjhrulz

    I sent this in just saying ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      I sent it in before you did and someone else sent it in before I did.

      • tjhrulz

        I am sure, it just makes me sad I do all this hard work to only get mentioned a handful of times :(

        I guess 40 min before post is not fast enough!

  • Sammy Guyana

    wow…make or break time for MOTO.  Funny (or sad maybe?) how it’s 2011 could be determined by what antenna Samsung put in it’s device.
     

  • WormDoes

    Yes, but only if it’s LTE. For me, it’s not worth buying off contract without LTE

  • Anonymous

    Not 4G = Not for me

    • Anonymous

      The way I see it, the city I live in won’t have 4G for a looong time. So buy a beast 3G phone (SGS2) and if I ever get 4G, sell it and buy a new phone. I will get the SGS on contract so it won’t be that big of deal.

  • Jack Sanchez

    first

    • Jack Sanchez

      second

      • Jack Sanchez

        third

        • tjhrulz

          and still Nope

      • tjhrulz

        Nope

    • PyroHoltz

      uh….sorry, no.

      • Jack Sanchez

        but i was third.

    • tjhrulz

      Nope

    • virt

      Don’t play dirty, Sanchez.

      • geedee82

        haha, nice

  • Dan

    C’mon LTE!

  • PyroHoltz

    What are the chances it’s not on Big Red’s network?

    • Casaba

      First is going to be Sprint.  VZW will probably be last. 

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      there will be a variant for every carrier I just think verizon like always will get it last…