Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Samsung sends invites to Galaxy S II US event August 29

updated 10:45 am EDT, Fri August 12, 2011

Samsung invites us to Galaxy S II intro in US

Samsung on Friday sent invites to Electronista and other members of the media to a special event in New York City. The August 29 evening gathering talks only of a "major product announcement" but has a conspicuous "II" label, making it clear the event is for the US release of the Galaxy S II. More details would be coming soon, Samsung said.

The strategy for the launch is expected to repeat the pattern Samsung used for last year, when it coordinated a release through virtually every major US carrier that saw each making their own customizations and shipping within a few weeks. All will get Galaxy S II branding but their own, custom names.

The most advanced version is expected to be Verizon's, which will carry LTE-based 4G and might be called the Stratosphere. T-Mobile's version, the Hercules, may be the next-closest as it will have 'just' 42Mbps HSPA+ but carry a larger 4.5-inch screen. Sprint's version will carry WiMAX under the Epic 4G Touch, while AT&T may or may not have a slider version.

All of them should share the dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos processor that makes the Galaxy S II the current smartphone speed champion as well as a Super AMOLED Plus screen that eliminates many of the weaknesses of last year's display. An eight-megapixel back camera and a two-megapixel front camera are known to carry across the new models.

The timing of the unveiling supports beliefs that Samsung is in a race to beat the iPhone 5 to market. Samsung gained a large foothold in the US with the original Galaxy S but was hurt by shipping after the iPhone 4, losing a lot of its momentum. Whether or not it beats Apple depends both on Apple's as yet unconfirmed schedule as well as carriers' ability to ship on time. Last year, certain versions didn't ship until as late as the fall.

The Korean company is also probably eager to chalk up some sales before the risk of Apple winning a trade ban decision in October that could cut off the Galaxy S II just weeks after it goes on sale.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

  1. Hercules Rockefeller

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2011

    -6

    comment title

    Jobs takes it in the a**

  1. viktorob

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2011

    +3

    And now...

    What ACTORS are they going to hire to pretend they have a wonderful experience with samsung tablets?
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110325/12360313633/samsung-hires-actors-to-pretend-to-be-happy-galaxy-tab-testers.shtml

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009

    0

    re: And now...


    Actors?

    Perhaps it will be some of the nearly 10 million proud Samsung Galaxy S II owners in Europe and Canada that will model for them?

    I heard Samsung sold out of the Galaxy S II due to overwhelming demand for the Android SuperPhone. Good work Samsung!

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Blueto ...

Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite gaming keyboard

The market for gaming keyboards is getting crowded, starting off with some fairly simple keyboards and diverging into the land of modu ...

GX Gaming DeathTaker mouse

Gaming is a serious endeavor for many people, driving them to look for the best performance in their system and interface devices. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News