Samsung Galaxy S II event

The day has finally come, folks. Tonight, we get full details on Samsung's U.S. Galaxy S II lineup. Of course, we've got a pretty good idea of what to expect, but there's nothing like having your feet on the ground and your hands on the hardware.

That is, unless you were hoping for an official Verizon Galaxy S II, of course.

So join us here in this very post starting at 6 p.m. EDT / 3 p.m. PDT for our liveblog, and stick around for some hands-on action.

 
There are 55 comments

PingaDulce says:

First post!!!

This is what we all have been waiting for!!! Please Samsung, tell us it will have an Exynos processor!!!

And 2.3.4 AND an NFC Chip for Sprint? . . . Please?

cacherpaderp says:

Nope. The leaked dumps show 2.3.3 and the FCC documents do not have an NFC chip.

zhecht says:

I can still hope for Exynos though, right?

JayWill says:

What leaked dumps are you referring to? The Nenamark benchmark tests likely ran by a tester back in July showed 2.3.4.

Wicell says:

It definitely will have 2.3.4.

VCL says:

I just think the European design with the cursor button is far and away the best looking and well designed Samsung GS2 made. Why does the US Mobile carriers always ruin what I think is a perfect phone? They do it to every phone that comes out. I will buy the European unlocked phone by a local importer and put my sim card in it. The US carriers don't know when to leave perfection the fuck alone.

Holsum says:

Definitely disagree 150%. the middle button is horrible design that has haunted phones for awhile. Apple can keep the garbage middle button. the 4 capacitive buttons are awesome and provide just enough options from anywhere on android. There is nothing like doing navigation, texting, calling, search right from a single button all the while being able to go back or directly back home/menu.

Did you stop to think that maybe, just maybe, they changed the button design in an attempt to avoid having the phones block in the United States by Apple Inc.? As for myself, I'm liking the design and it's more in line with traditional android design. Coming from an Evo 4G to this, the button layout is just right for me. Personally, I like the more Android look, and less iPhone look (but hey, that's just me).

cpagan2000 says:

I hope Verizon does not get it. They suck, their plans are horrid and you won't be able unless you are made out of money, to get the full benefits of having data constantly on since Verizon caps it or they just plain charge you extra for more data. Sprint is the way to go. Will this end up been the Samsung Within????

El Jefe says:

Too funny. You realize that Verizon had over 97,000,000 subscribers BEFORE they switched to tiered data & every single one of them who had a data plan before 7-7-11 is grandfathered into unlimited data even when they upgrade phones or eventually switch to LTE, right?

Sprint is the way to go if you want to save a couple bucks, sure, but you get what you pay for because their data network doesn't have the coverage that Verizon's does. Also their little WiMax experiment was a huge fail since they aren't even upgrading any more markets to it & are instead switching to LTE.

Thunder82 says:

Not entirely true. Clearwire is working on a Wimax build out plan currently. Only thing that will keep that from happening is if Sprint cuts funding, or buys them out ;-)

PingaDulce says:

Just curious guys... Do you think this phone will get massive Devs love from the guys over at XDA??? Having support from the Dev community is what really nulls out Samsungs slowliness on updating their phones.

Holsum says:

I would definitely bet on it. its one of the most anticipated phones to date.

i just hope verizon gets some type of galaxy s 2 variant.

mmorrismm says:

I orignally liked the single Home Button but the more I look at I really like the 4 capacitive buttons like on my 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tablet. And I really do love my tablet. I hope it has the Exynos processor and as a plus a 4.5 inch screen and as a dream a LTE capable radio as well as Wimax. I cannot wait as September 9th cannot come soon enough. Thanks for the coverage and GO Sprint!

Mike77 says:

I know you said "as a dream" but to include both Wimax and LTE it would prob be a 350 dollar device with contract no rebate. Sprint's LTE likely will not even be up until you ready to upgrade again anyway.

mmorrismm says:

So true Mike, of course I would be hoping for a 199.00 device as well. Sprints announcement on Oct 7th may very well be a decision to go LTE. But you are right we will be ready for another device by the time that happens. But just think how awesome it would be to be the only carrier with a dual LTE/WIMAX device?

cctpitts01 says:

LOL I love how you are complaining about the body style of the phone when we are getting by far the better of setup then the European model. I have personally been using all devices that have had the standard 4 button setup and find it the best by far. Also the carriers do not always change the body style from there European counterpart for example HTC Sensation.

rd_nest says:

4-button standard? What Standard? Still believe US is the center of Milky way?

And that's not an European model. It's the international model.

SpaceDroid says:

Standard in the sense that the original google phones had various buttons under the screens.

shingi_70 says:

I hope the Tab 7.7 is running Honeycomb.

rd_nest says:

Still trying to understand how a market driven economy like US can be molested by carriers in such a pathetic way. The call/data rates are over the roof. I don't at all like the idea how you guys bascially have to choose only what your carriers provide you. Ideally you SHOULD be able to use any phone on any network. And this is a pure BS that it makes the phones cheaper to purchase.

Tonio21 says:

We should yes, but wouldn't this ruin competition as far as networks go ?

TrackerF16 says:

because the government allows it

Why is it so late?

Mike77 says:

Silly, Samsung never does things on time.

El Jefe says:

Because the Korean translation of Samsung is: "We take our time"

Daedalus says:

I thought the translation was "Not This Year"

Richillion says:

I hope they make a white one also. I think it looked great in white. It should go nicely with a white Iphone 5 . I wonder if the bionic, or thrill
Will stand. a chance against a gs2 /iphone5 combo

Have my Motorola Photon already packaged up to return. Love the Photon, but this is gonna be badd @$$.

Slingbox says:

If its packing a Exynos GS2 will be mine

I just pre ordered mine.

dkotoric says:

where did you pre order

Slingbox says:

dreamland

decaydance99 says:

i dont see teh live blog :(

rd_nest says:

hmm.. me too. can you post anything? I can't do

bullet2300 says:

Pre-order Epic 4G Touch at any participating Sprint store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card. Customers who pre-order Epic 4G Touch will have their name added to the Device Wait List and be contacted to set up an appointment to complete their smartphone purchase beginning Sept. 16.

dmb803 says:

What kind of liveblog is this? @_@

TrackerF16 says:

its a live whitescreen-blog

decaydance99 says:

i know right, they have 32 sec!

ddialogue says:

Woot!

PingaDulce says:

I already pre-ordered it and I already got an estimated shipping date of 09-10-2011... can't wait!!!

zhecht says:

http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/sprintblogs/announcements/blog...

Sprint will be the first in the U.S. to launch a Samsung Galaxy S™ II product with the Sept. 16 availability of Samsung Galaxy S™ II Epic™ 4G Touch.

Available for $199.99 beginning Sept. 16, Samsung Epic 4G Touch features a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen and one of the fastest 1.2GHz dual-core processors available in a sleek ultra-thin design. Visit www.sprint.com/epictouch for more information.

Can’t wait to get your hands on Epic 4G Touch?

Pre-order Epic 4G Touch at any participating Sprint store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card. Customers who pre-order Epic 4G Touch will have their name added to the Device Wait List and be contacted to set up an appointment to complete their smartphone purchase beginning Sept. 16.

Key Features

Customers will benefit from a large screen which will offer a vibrant viewing experience delivering the best picture quality at the fastest speeds available.

Epic 4G Touch is one of the thinnest smartphones, measuring just 0.38 inches thick. Its Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display delivers brilliant colors with the most contrast, providing a vivid and crisp viewing experience. It is built on Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, and powered by one of the fastest dual-core processors, the new Samsung Exynos™.

Other features include:

Dual cameras: 8MP, rear-facing camera/camcorder with auto-focus and flash that shoots video in 1080p HD high profile and 2MP, front-facing camera ideal for self-portraits or video chat
3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G network
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/a capable
Visual Voicemail
Enterprise functionality provides support for exchange device management policies, offers increased security of data and services and enables mobile conferencing while on the go

Epic 4G Touch requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans starting at $69.99 per month plus a required $10 per month Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. The Mobile Hotspot option is available for an additional $29.99 per month supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

preguy138 says:

Sept 16th for sprint:)

zhecht says:

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-epic-4g-touch-fact-s...

Samsung Galaxy S™ II, Epic™ 4G Touch fact sheet
Delivering rich content at blazing fast speeds
Samsung Epic 4G Touch1, a premium Android powered smartphone, has been designed to deliver the best multilayered entertainment experience through superior speed and display innovation. Its 3G/4G speeds, paired with one of the fastest 1.2GHz dual-core processors, the new Samsung Exynos™, give lightning fast access and downloads of movies, games, Web and thousands of applications with no buffering, lag time or disruption to your entertainment. Epic 4G Touch gives you entertainment content on the go with its ultra-thin design, large 4.52-inch touchscreen and unrivaled Super AMOLED™ Plus technology offering deeper, richer color for a bright and vivid display. Epic 4G Touch also includes an 8MP camera/camcorder with auto-focus and flash that shoots video in 1080p HD high profile with incredible detail and a 2MP, front-facing camera, perfect for self-portraits or video chat.

Productivity
· Dual-mode 3G/4G device – dependable 3G nationwide coverage and turbo-charged Sprint 4G speeds where available
· Samsung Exynos™ 1.2GHz dual-core processor
· Super AMOLED Plus 4.52-inch touchscreen
· Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread
· 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks
· Visual Voicemail
· Enterprise functionality provides support for exchange device management policies, offers increased security of data and services and enables mobile conferencing while on the go
· MicroSD® card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card
· Voice Talk allows users to give their Epic 4G Touch voice commands, including voice dial, text message, navigation, music, Web browsing and search
· Task Manager enables users to view and close the applications they have active and any items that have been downloaded and to check on memory usage via the Task Manager widget
· Screen capture feature allows users to easily take a screen grab of the phone screen by pressing the power button and the home key simultaneously
· Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface provides superior multitasking and customization for an enhanced visual and intuitive smartphone experience
· Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/a capable

Entertainment
• Dual cameras: 8MP, rear-facing camera/camcorder with auto-focus and flash that shoots HD video 1080p HD high profile and 2MP, front facing camera ideal for self-portraits or video chat
• Samsung Media Hub features thousands of new releases and top-grossing titles from major Hollywood studios and leading TV networks, including NBC Universal, Paramount, MTV, Warner Bros., CBS and FOX.
• Samsung Social Hub allows users to transfer email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections, including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, into “Feeds” and “Messages” folders that can be either put into separate tabs or combined into comprehensive lists.
• Access to more than 250,000 apps through Android Market™
• GoogleTM mobile services, including Google SearchTM, Google MapsTM, Google TalkTM, GmailTM, YouTubeTM , and syncs with Google CalendarTM, as well as access to Google Goggles™ to search with pictures instead of words
• Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Technology 3.0
• Sprint applications, including Sprint Zone, Sprint TV & Movies®, Sprint Navigation and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile

Specifications
· Dimensions: 2.7 inches x 5.1 inches x 0.38 inches (LxWxT)
· Weight: 4.55 ounces
· Display: 4.52-inch Super AMOLDED Plus (800x480 WVGA) touchscreen
· Battery: 1800 mAh Lithium-ion battery
· Processor: Samsung Exynos™ 1.2GHz dual-core

© 2011 Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC. Samsung, Galaxy S, Super AMOLED, Exynos and Epic are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Screen images simulated. Appearance of phone may vary.
14G used in connection with the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch product name refers to the fact that the Epic 4G Touch is capable of operating on the Sprint 4G (WiMax) network.
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ddialogue says:

double post :O

j510 says:

helllll yea AT&T getting .52" display as well as the other 2 carriers! http://9to5google.com/2011/08/30/samsung-officially-unveils-the-u-s-gala...

lgthrillman says:

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berner5 says:

it shows the phones as coming soon on samsung's site now, just an fyi

joe_sun says:

Anyone know why the buttons are in a different location than on the Samsung made Nexus S?

plunder says:

Been using the EU version of the Galaxy S2 for about 2 months. so far good phone. the voice recognition in search and command is so accurate. However the Kies software has been poor so far.

Duggald says:

Kies hasn't been so bad for me, tbh. Takes a bit to load photos, but that would just be the shear amount of pics I've taken so far. ;)
Hope to all who buy it that they have as much enjoyment as myself and other GS2owners. :D

annawatson says:

Great! I had been looking for just the same. But I have a question – Is too much complexity associate with your product too?
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