T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II

After a bit of a false start last month at Samsung's U.S. Galaxy S II event, T-Mobile has finally and officially announced the release date, plus more details.

First and foremost, it'll be available in stores Oct. 12 for $229.99 -- after $50 rebate and with a two-year contract. You can preorder it online starting Oct. 10.

As for more details, T-Mobile had previously been pretty mum on things -- to the point locking down the phone under glass at Samsung's launch event. But today we learn that it indeed has a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running Android 2.3.4. The phone has NFC capabilities and can show Netflix, T-Mobile TV and Samsung Media Hub features on that 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. It's also got DLNA and HDMI-out, and runs on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42Mbps 4G network.

The additional details of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II piggybacked the announcment of the HTC Amaze 4G. You can find the full press release for both after the break.

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T-Mobile Unveils Its Fastest Smartphones: HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II

T-Mobile USA CMO Cole Brodman details consumer adoption of 4G technology and unveils next-generation 4G devices

SAN FRANCISCO and BELLEVUE, Wash. — Sept. 26, 2011 — Today at GigaOm Mobilize 2011, T-Mobile USA Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman outlined the company’s ongoing efforts to fuel consumer adoption of mobile data through increased speeds of America’s Largest 4G Network®, rate plans that make mobile data more affordable, and new devices that take advantage of the company’s faster 4G network and value.

Unveiled during the T-Mobile keynote address at Mobilize 2011, the HTC Amaze™ 4G and Samsung Galaxy S™ II will be T-Mobile’s fastest smartphones and the first smartphones to take advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) network technology. The new smartphones will allow customers to browse the Web faster than on the average home Internet and are showing average download speeds approaching 8 Mbps with peak speeds around 20 Mbps on T-Mobile’s 4G network1 . Both smartpthones are expected to be available next month.

In addition, T-Mobile today announced the T-Mobile ® Sonic™ 4G Mobile HotSpot, the company’s fastest 4G (HSPA+ 42) mobile hotspot, providing customers with access to T-Mobile’s fastest 4G speeds on up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. America’s Largest 4G Network, which is now faster than ever with the 4G technology of HSPA+ 42, reaches more than 170 million Americans in more than 150 markets throughout the United States.

“These new products unlock the full potential of our faster 4G network and deliver the best experience yet for watching video, surfing the Web, and creating and sharing content on the go,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “A 4G connection delivers a much improved experience, which entices consumers to do more with the devices they carry. We’ve seen that first hand; customers with 4G devices on our network consume roughly three times as much data compared as those with 3G devices. Smartphone buyers are increasingly looking for built-in 4G capability, and we’re offering what we believe is the best 4G product portfolio in the industry.”

HTC Amaze 4G

Exclusively available from T-Mobile, the HTC Amaze 4G features the most advanced camera experience of any smartphone and is the latest in T-Mobile’s family of advanced camera smartphones. The HTC Amaze 4G is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera and 1080p HD video recorder, a backside illuminated sensor for improved low light performance, zero shutter lag and a dual LED flash, as well as advanced digital camera features, including:

SmartShot™, which captures five photos and creates the best shot using clear faces with smiles and no blinking.

PerfectPics™, which is a separate album in the gallery created by scoring and filtering the best photos to the surface. PerfectPics prioritizes photos by using criteria such as important calendar events, the presence of faces, and overall picture quality.

Additional innovative camera features first introduced on the T-Mobile myTouch® 4G Slide such as SweepShot™, ClearShot HDR™ and BurstShot™.

The HTC Amaze 4G also enables high quality video recording with a full HD 1080p camcorder and an embedded video editor. Customers can instantly capture quality photos and videos with a dedicated camera button and T-Mobile’s first direct-to-camcorder button. Sharing photos is easy with one-touch access to post to Facebook®, Picasa ® or Flickr ® — all at 4G speeds.

The device runs on Android™ 2.3.4, features a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S3 Processor with a 1.5 GHz dual core CPUs, and offers the HTC Sense user experience. With support for T-Mobile TV, HTC Watch and additional apps and services, the HTC Amaze 4G is excellent at keeping customers informed, connected and entertained using its gorgeous 4.3-inch qHD super LCD multi-touch display. The powerful handset will also include NFC capabilities for wireless searching, information sharing and, in the future, mobile payments.

Samsung Galaxy S II

T-Mobile today also revealed additional details about the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 Processor with 1.5 GHz dual CPUs, running on Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) and NFC enabled, the Galaxy S II will offer T-Mobile customers speedy access to their favorite movies, TV shows, websites, games, applications and more.

The smartphone also acts as a mobile entertainment center with quick and easy access to thousands of premium movies and TV shows through Netflix®, T-Mobile TV in Mobile HD2 , Samsung Media Hub and YouTube ®. The Galaxy S II rich entertainment features and experience are further enhanced with a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen —the largest screen available on a T-Mobile smartphone. With DLNA compatibility and HDMI out, this media powerhouse also offers the ability to view content on a compatible HD TV.

T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot

The Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot is T-Mobile’s fastest mobile hotspot, providing access to T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+ 42) network for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices including iPads, music players, gaming consoles, laptops, cameras and eReaders, among other devices, all from virtually anywhere. Manufactured by Huawei, this sleek and ultra-portable on-the-go network hub weighs just 3.88 ounces, making it easy to slip into a pocket, backpack or purse. Whether staying connected on the go with colleagues and clients or providing a family Internet hub at a vacation spot or in the car, the T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot is a device that uniquely complements the company’s existing lineup of mobile broadband devices on America’s Largest 4G network.

As an added benefit, the Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot comes equipped with an SD card slot that accommodates up to 32GB of expandable memory, enabling customers to share and save photos, documents, videos and more with their family and friends also connected to the Mobile HotSpot. The Sonic 4G also features an OLED display to show signal strength, number of devices connected, number of unread text messages, connectivity to the internet, battery level and network connection type.


The HTC Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II are expected to be available in an exclusive online pre-sale via www.T-Mobile.com beginning Oct. 10 and are expected to be available at T-Mobile retail stores and select dealers nationwide starting Oct. 12. The HTC Amaze 4G is expected to cost $259.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan. The Galaxy S II is expected to cost $229.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan.

The T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot is expected to be available in October at T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.T-Mobile.com.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network, including increased speeds, not available everywhere. See coverage details at http://www.t-mobile.com.

1 Based on average download speeds on T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ 42 Mbps network in four major markets.

2 Mobile HD TV can deliver a bit rate of 800kbps and 16:9 resolution; the bit rate and resolution you experience will vary based on many factors, e.g., programming, network connection, and device.


Reader comments

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II will be available Oct. 12 for $229 after contract, rebate


Because the "Galaxy Prime" is going to be exclusive to verizon and this is for T-Mobile. There is something called a Contract. Maybe you heard of it.

where is the source of your "information" about "Galaxy Prime" being "exclusive" to Verizon?
As far as I know, Verizon will NOT get the Google "whatever Prime" phone.

its gonna be exclusive for verizon for a good while ,by the time it goes to another carrier , it wont be relevant anymore , so go get the gs2 with tmobile

trust me numerous sites have already been handed a copy and have reported that it will indeed by exclusive to verizon for at least a month or so.which is why they DIDNT get the samsung GS2 since the prime is close in specs (save for nfc and the 720p screen).

Why would anyone on this site ever buy the tmobile Galaxy S II? The only two reasons people like this phone was because it is the most powerful phone ever with the most saturated screen ever. Now it is half as powerful because of the qualcomm chip so half of the reason is gone!

People never really cared about the case design and the new HTC phone will have the same chip but with a higher quality unibody case with camera button.

The only plus now is the saturated color deep black screen. Also it is gigantic.

How is it half as powerful as the Exynos chip, because of a bit less graphical power? Who really cares its not like the general public is gonna notice anyway. It will be like comparing PS3 to Xbox 360 in overall performance of what the eye sees will be basically the same, get over it.

Get over what? That it has less graphical power?

And even if we discount that, why should anyone choose this over the pretty much exact same phone as the one announced right next to it (the HTC one)? They are pretty much the same phones with different screens. Most reviews of the galaxy S II point to the exynos chip as one of the main draws.

i get what your saying but you must of forgot or not read it. T-mobile gs2 isnt runnin on an exynos chip. its snapdragon

How can you possibly say it's half the power? You can't even properly compare the two because snapdragon chips are asynchronous while Exynos is synchronous.

And have you actually played with the T-Mobile Galaxy S2? Noone here has so you can't go writing this phone off already. I'm sure the 1.5 gigahertz processor will be more than enough to keep this thing in the monster ball with the other American Galaxy S2's.

trust me..it wont be near as powerful as the exynos chip...the biggest factor excluding graphics will be when having multiple apps open and speed in reading from the sd card (movies etc)..although it'll still be a good phone it will be a bit behind in the power section and compared to verizon's nexus prim and lgs quad core phone among htc's other quad cores coming out it will be behind...but thats technology these days.

what about the battery life? and a much larger screen ? not to mention how sense lags the phone up , htc was so last year .

More importantly how come no one is talking about how this phone is 30 bucks more expensive then the AT&T or Sprint version... and really? rebate??? who does freaking rebates for smartphones any more? I would refuse to pay for this with a rebate attached... Give me an in store rebate, or my business goes elsewhere.

Yea. $279 and then a REBATE?? It will be funny if the iPhone released on Sprint is $199. It's the same STUCK ON STUPID pricing strategy that insured that Android tablets this year, didn't sell very well. But hey, if you're on T-Mobile and you're cool with that, go for it. I'm not interested in the Sprint Galaxy S2, this close to an announcement of the iPhone, The Galaxy Note, and whether or not the Nexus Prime (or whatever it is called) will be on Sprint by December 1st.

I wanted this phone before T-mobile got their hands on it and rounded off the edges, making it look like a low end phone. At this point I'll keep my Sensation and wait to see the specs and look of the new Nexus.

Damn T-Mobile haters, They got the best customer service, will keep your phone for weeks if you can't pay it on time, they have alot of retail stores in the US especially here in New York :D and they have pretty good phones hehe. Sprint will cut u off for $5, Verizon is too damn expensive and AT&T well ummmm yeahhh huhhh....lol

T-Mobile is EGDE where I live... and its always going to be that way. No amount of good customer service is going to better my cell coverage.

I love T-Mobile. They recently bumped my city to 42mbps. So this phone would be fun to have. 10 GB plan here I come either way it goes!

Gotta wonder about the pricing and lack of 720p screen as well...too much exciting stuff coming in October for this unfortunately...in the spring when it was announced, it would have been awesome :-P