Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon UPDATE: Maybe not

Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon UPDATE: Maybe not

Summary: Hugely popular even before its release, Samsung's Galaxy S II is coming in July, according to Verizon.

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Already greeted with massive pre-orders, the Galaxy S II is quickly nearing its release.

So says Verizon, which has confirmed that plans to sell the Samsung smartphone this July. Sadly, Verizon, for some reason or another, has declined to provide an exact date for the Galaxy S II's release - so this is all we are going to get for now.

Update: Apparently the Verizon spokeswoman that ComputerWorld spoke with had her wires crossed and was actually referring to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 when she gave the Galaxy S II's July release date. That's not too surprising, really, considering the similarities between the two devices' names. Looks like the wait for the S II's actual release date continues.

Verizon, of course, won't be the only carrier to sell the Galaxy S II, or Galaxy S II Function, as it will likely be called on Big Red. Sprint and AT&T will also get their own versions of the phone, known as the Within and Attain, respectively.

Reactions to the phone have already been pretty impressive, with Samsung announcing last month that it had received three million pre-orders for the device by the end of April. Clearly Samsung has a hit on its hands.

[Via ComputerWorld]

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  • 'Superphone' is Nexus One's title

    Seriously, though, SGS2 is technically very good phone, though it is far behind iPhone 4 in terms of image detail/resolution, which is about 2.25 times better on the latter.<br><br>On colours front, SAMOLED+ tends to oversaturate, and iPhone 4's IPS screen undersaturates. Contrast, of course, is better for in SGS2, since it does not use backlight (in practice, it matter only if you use phone in the darkness, which rarely happens).<br><br>SGS2 is way bigger than iPhone 4, though somewhat thinner -- it was not hard to do since the size overall differs that much (the battery in SGS2 is thinner but bigger in other dimensions). It will be hard for Apple to make iPhone thinner or even match SGS2 thickness without cutting battery capacity (not a variant). Also helps Samsung that SAMOLED+ display is thinner, and will always be thinner than any IPS (TFT) display due to no need for backlight.<br><br>SGS2 is lighter than iPhone 4: 116g against 137g: it is plastic against steel and glass.<br><br>The battery in SGS2 has a bit higher capacity than in iPhone 4, but SAMOLED+ consumes 2.5 times more displaying light/white colours (OLEDs have low ECE, energy conversion efficiency). So while working with typical black-themed Android GUI skin it might consume less than iPhone 4's IPS TFT, it will consume more, or much more while you play games, watch videos or, worst thing of all on this type of display, surf the internet (a lot of white background). Also, with the way multitasking is handled on Android, it drains the battery faster than the same activity on iOS. And, Apple's A4 chip, most probably, uses P.A. Semi's technology (bought in 2008) to significantly cut power consumption of a chip/SoC by managing voltage and frequencies not on SoC/cores/blocks level, but on each of among like 30-50 thousand (!) groups of transistors.<br>
    SGS2 will be definitely faster (though not critically since iPhone 4 is fast already) in typical CPU speed, and significantly faster in graphics (in both variants of SoC's: both Samsung's or NVidia's). <b>However, this will turn in to lagging</b> in the nearest time from now with release of iPhone 5, which will have A5 chip inside. Only graphic co-processors alone occupy area as big as whole NVidia Tegra-2 SoC -- A5 is three-four times faster in graphics and up to ten times in media/vector FP calculations.<br><br><br>Software, applications (both quantity and quality, Retina-class), media are better for iPhone. Yet SGS2 has more freedoms for geeks by default (though less and less recently, and with perfectly legal jailbreaking procedure iPhone 4 allows geeks have the same freedoms as rooted Android).
    DDERSSS
    • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

      @DeRSSS
      Thinly Veiled Apple Troll is Trolling.
      Droid101
      • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

        @Droid101

        Judging by the writing style, appearence whenever a 'pro Apple' stance might be taken, absence of Densrs! lately ... gotta say methinks DeRSSS might just be his reincarnation
        noagenda
      • noagenda, you're right, it is Densrs

        @Droid101
        When he changed his name, it propagated back to all his posts exept where someone was replying to him as part of their text.

        It's him.
        Will Pharaoh
    • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

      @DeRSSS
      Nice article that does a great job of comparing things that don't really compare unless they are verbaged in a fashion that appears relative to the theme and counts on the lack of user understanding....

      :D
      rhonin
      • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

        @rhonin well said...I think???
        Bradish1
    • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

      @DeRSSS Yeah Right, I call BS!

      With. 4.3" SAMOLED+ Screen running A Standard Quarter HD Resolution you will be hard pressed to see any difference in screen resolution between these two phones.

      As for the performance of the phones, considering all the features that Android has which iOS lacks it is very clear that the faster, more feature rich Android Device is only going to further Androids Domination of every other platform including Apple's baby.

      Even more, battery usage on the SAMOLED equipped phones rivals that of the iPhone 4 even though the Android Device has Real Multitasking!

      As for the construction, The plastic backing does not break, scuff or ding as easily as Apple's Metal and Glass Body. My Nexus S 4G has no marks on it in spite of the fact that it has no case where as, many iPhone 4's suffered cracked glass by putting a case on the phone.

      Now as for the Apps, There are very high quality Apps on Android, Apple just gets more of the mainstream companies with their tired old titles like EA! Android has quite a few great quality Apps.

      So, if you're wowed by a pretty, yuppie like, packaging that is the iPhone that's fine but don't try to paint it as the best device ever because it doesn't stack up well against modern Android Phones like the Thunderbolt, Atrix, Nexus S or Galaxy S 2 and most of the world can see that which is why Android is winning.
      slickjim
      • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

        @Peter Perry I have the Samsung Captivate and I love this phone! Paired with the Motorola bluetooth headset you can't go wrong. My last phone was a smartphone but I did hardly anything on it and it did not compare at all.
        kathome
  • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

    damn, my thunderbolt is looking long in the tooth now
    sharkboyjohn
    • well, your thunderbolt is still better...

      @sharkboyjohn

      than a sh!tty iPhone
      SonofaSailor
      • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

        @SonofaSailor What exactly makes an iPhone 4 shitty? The fact that it is pretty damn fast, feels good in your hand, looks good, very user friendly, has a great app store, is overall just a damn good phone? Explain this one to me because I am sick of ignoramuses like you just bashing the phone without putting up a valid argument. "iOS is locked down blah blah blah..." that still doesn't make the device a crappy device. Get a real argument or GTFO!

        I have an iPhone 4 and an ASUS Transformer. I love them both equally for what they can do. And again for the record, I despise Apple, but love the iPhone, as it is the only Apple product I will ever buy.
        Bates_
  • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

    Samsung does not know how to make phone buttons right. Too easy to press them by accident.
    Samsung firmware is also pretty crappy. Just look at windows phone update fiasco. So even if specs look good on paper they may not be as good in real life. I have samsung phone which is essentially galaxy S and I am not sure if my next phone would be samsung. HTC knows better how to make phones with buttons :)
    paul2011
  • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

    I will give Samsung credit for the Capptivate...
    My sone abuses his mercilessly.
    Except for the update issue, it has performed extremely well.....
    :O
    rhonin
  • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

    Gee. An iPhone/anything else pissing match on a non-iPhone article. That's not tired or unoriginal.
    tech_monster
  • Samsung designs and manufactures great hardware...

    ...and Verizon has a very nice network. However, neither of them is selling a product they can support. Most of the functionality of any Android device results from software. Neither Samsung nor Verizon is a software company. They are totally dependent on Google, and Google...well, suffice it to say that Google is the weak leg on the three-legged stool.
    FeralUrchin
  • RE: Samsung's Galaxy S II superphone coming in July, says Verizon

    This one's gorgeous, judging by the date today, I already saw that phone, I have galaxy mini and it is nice as well. It has good resolutions, can <a href="http://www.seehouses.ca">show homes</a> and <a href="http://www.stratfordhouses.ca">Stratford real estate</a> nicely, can compute <a href="http://www.rentalagencies.ca">property management</a> properly.
    jimmy023