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Verizon Will Get the Samsung Galaxy S II Before All Other U.S. Carriers?

Industry analyst Paul Mueller is making waves this morning with his prediction that Verizon will be the first carrier in the U.S. to receive the Samsung Galaxy S II.  Either Mueller or the source site has referred to it as the Samsung Function, a name that popped up on an accessory site long ago and is one that we have never fully bought into, and says it could be here by August 12.

“I’m not sure about the exact date, but I’ve been told that August 12 is a possibility. It will arrive first on Verizon and then the rest of the carriers within a month. Samsung will market this directly against the iPhone 5,” says Mr. Mueller.

So, what do we think?  Well, we were told by Sammie president JK Shin that they had plans to ship the device to the U.S. in August and we also just saw what we believe is the AT&T version of the Galaxy S2, so Mueller has at least that going for him.  We’re not a fan of the August 12 date since that’s a Friday, but the 11th or 12th is probably what he meant – or at least in that week.  To put that into perspective, we’re just two weeks away from that time frame.

We still have no idea if Verizon will release it as a 4G LTE device, but it just seems so unlikely with the DROID Bionic still not in stores.  The Bionic was supposed to be the device of the year for Verizon and will surely launch with a massive marketing campaign.  Would they jeopardize all of that money and effort just to release a 4G version of the Galaxy S II only weeks before?  Would be pretty surprising.

Be sure to read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

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  • Several sites are now reporting new info that the leaked AT&T Samsung Slider is NOT their GS2.  Looks like it is going to be all touchscreen.

  • I really wish I hadn’t purchased my Thunderbolt. The Galaxy S II looks awesome.

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  • Jnmigr

    Why Samsung haven’t answer if is 4g or not on verizon? If they answer that simple question they can steal all of moto Bionic buyer.

  • Anonymous

    Really hope that this phone isn’t as messed up as the Fascinate or the Continuum. There is nothing that Verizon or Samsung has to change on this phone besides possibly giving it the standard 4 Android buttons. Just put a CDMA radio in it (props  if they can get an LTE radio that doesn’t kill battery) and put it on Verizon.  Don’t rape it with bloatware or remove Google, or anything else.  This phone is already the pinnacle of Android devices and needs no tinkering.

  • Anonymous

    Bionic (a dual core 4G LTE phone) vs. SG II (that has everything else). 

  • then it wouldn’t be an sgsII and how do you go from “may” to “I’m sure”?

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  • guest

    This phone will be the best. ever. can’t wait. And with Verizon, we don’t have to worry about that stupid slide out keyboard (hopefully)

  • Anonymous

    Why can’t we just have the phone in the picture with 4g? Is it that bad verizon? I don’t want a keyboard, or more bloatware, or a different design. It works.

  • Anonymous

    … i really like the SII, but for me it is not a real android, can’t help myself. android should stand for what it is, there is no need for iphonewannabes …

  • if its 3G its a fail, period.

  • Justin Paul

    Before I scrolled down a little farther I seriously thought DroidLife was doing an article about the iPhone 5… the top does look an awful lot like an iPhone.

  • Buckgrad

    If it has the slide out keyboard like the AT& T version is supposed to have, then they have lost this sale.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the iphone look of it.  Or does the iphone look too much like the Samsung…sorry I can’t remember who’s doing the infringement.

  • How is the Function name something your not sure of? What about the copyright that Samsung filed a few months ago for it?  along with the Samsung Galaxy SII Attain, Within and Hercules.  Hopefully Verizon doesn’t have there version changed like AT&T and Sprint have so far. The back of the AT&T one is ugly and the back of the Sprint “Within” is umm, ovalish?  I just hope that if Verizon gets an exclusive launch window that they don’t get a design that isn’t compatible with any of the accessories for this great device.  The Bionic on the other hand has some great ones too.  The Function might launch before the Bionic even though we keep getting teased August 4 as the release date.  Don’t go by the teasers.  The ThunderBolt has taught us a great lesson on delays and patience. and is quite possible that Bionic may not come until September after all with the SII being in August, that would be a logical choice.  Especially if it has LTE, which would be dumb if it doesn’t. Most newer high end devices are LTE on Verizon, minus the Droid’s.  The Charge is the only Droid so far to be LTE, but Bionic is coming and if we look at this release date window pattern.

    March – ThunderBolt
    Late April – Droid Charge
    May – LG Revolution
    June – Droid X2 (3G only)
    July – Droid 3 (3G only)
    August – Samsung Galaxy S II “Function” ?
    September – Droid Bionic
    October – another LTE device?
    November – another 3G only device? or a mix of multiple devices including those with LTE and 3G only for BF
    December – another 3G only device?
    January – another LTE device?  CES news month

    see where i’m going with this?

    Thats what i see or think at this point.

  • Kellex is such a tease

  • Anonymous

    I still might get this over the bionic even without the 4G, maybe. Just tired on waiting on Motorola to get their heads out of their ass


    I sure hell hope this proves to be true…I want a phone that will compete with the iphone5, and the Galaxy S II is the only one that will probably be able to right now. This phone with 4G would be insane. The 3G veriaon was fast as hell in videos I’ve seen!!

  • They’ll probably make it 1gb ram.  The gpu wastes the one in SGS2.  Mali garbage.

    btw, I hate the Iphone but SGS2 won’t blow away nothing.

  • I’m pretty sure the GS2 would blow the bionic out of the water, anyhow. 

    • thats what the benchmarks are pointing at so far, but we don’t know if the US variants will have the Exynos processor or the Tegra 2 like the FCC documents for the At&t variant showed, If it has a Tegra 2, the Bionic will beat it by a long shot. but if it has the Exynos, yeah, thats the phone after my Dream Phone Verizon.  The ThunderBolt WAS my dream phone, now I want the one after the dream phone lol

  • Anonymous

    i will be inline for this phone

  • Fersho

    its funny that this sh*t is out in mexico already lol

  • Fersho

    its funny that this shit is out in mexico already lol

  • Anonymous

    I’m due for my upgrade in Mid-August and I’m looking at either the D3 or the SGS2 at this point.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares nexus prime is coming to verizon according to androidcwntral.

    • RW-1

      Too little, too late … Watch how that one goes ….

      • Anonymous

        I’ll take a nexus anyway over a skinned phone. Not to mention have you seen the rumored specs for the nexus prime? That phone will be a true beast.

  • I just really don’t know that 4g matters in my area.  It’ll be late 2012 if then.  That considered every review I’ve read about this phone is that its actually this years tech.  Not last years.  Key factors for me will be keyboard (none is better), and chip set.  No tegra please..  

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone have a towel? 

  • Stelv81

    Hopefully the radio and gps don’t suck in this like it did in the GalaxyS1 phones. The Fascinate will cut your 3g data speed in half compared to a 3g phone where the radio works.

    • Matthewmcmillen

      root and let the devs that are way smarter than me give us a good radio to use… not that the manufacturer doesn’t need to ship a properly functioning device, but it’s a band aid a lot of us use anyway.

      • Stelv81

        I bought the Fascinate knowing it had problems and that I could probably fix them with root. Boy was I wrong. We were all flashing a different radio every week. GPS never locks. Rooting helped but not enough to make it a good device. I just think Samsung put hardware related to radios and gps’s in their devices.

        • Stelv81

          *I just think Samsung put BAD hardware related to radios and gps’s in their devices.

    • Craigg

      I have noticed that Samsung radios are not as sensitive as Motorola. My Droid Charge side by side with a Motorola Droid 2 Global will download at about 1/3 the rate compared to Motorola over 3G. I will try the Samsung if it is a Global phone but won’t keep it if it turns out to be as slow as the Charge.

      • Stelv81

        Global may boost its data speeds a little but Samsung has had bad radios in there devices for a while now. Hopefully they will redeem themselves with the S2. I myself gave up on Samsung a while ago.

  • Anonymous

    I have heard this before…that the SG2 will release on Verizon first.  It would be a smart move for Verizon (unless it’s a slider and I would hope they would have more sense than ATT.