With the arrival of the iPhone 5 and the first round of new Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" devices just a few months – or even weeks -- away, this fall season will be filled with lots of shiny new phones for gadget lovers to get their hands on.
Now Samsung has officially entered the fray, announcing via a recent Tweet that it has a "Big announcement on the 29th," referring to an invite-only press event in New York scheduled for August 29th. The media invite included mention of a "major product announcement" which will more than likely focus on the forthcoming stateside availability of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. (This information jibes with what a Samsung executive told Korea’s Yonhap News Agency a few weeks ago.) Final product names and carriers are expected to be announced at the event, but here's what we know about Samsung's uber-smartphone so far.
Released in Europe and in other parts of the world in May 2011, the Galaxy S II sold more than 5 million units in 85 days, an eye-opening sales statistic that underscores just how popular Samsung's latest smartphone is. The Galaxy S II has benefited from glowing reviews from critics and end users, and is loaded with an impressive list of standard features, namely:
Samsung Galaxy S II technical specifications
- Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor
- 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera
- 2 Megapixel front-facing camera
- 4.3" 800 x 480 Super AMOLED display
- Google Android 2.3.3 OS
- Ultra-thin case design (8.49mm thick)
- Near Field Communications (NFC) support
Boy Genius Report recently blogged that the AT&T variant of the phone will feature a slide-out keyboard, while PC Magazine's Sara Yin posted that the phone will be available on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, and may be renamed the Galaxy Attain (AT&T), the Galaxy Within (Sprint), and the Galaxy Stratosphere (Verizon) when released in the US. With Samsung’s official press day for their new product announcement less than two weeks away, we’ll soon find out soon enough if Samsung can import the Galaxy II S success story to the states.
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