While Americans wait for the Samsung Galaxy S II (2), Europe and Canada are in the process of reviewing and raving over the new Super AMOLED dual-core smartphone from Samsung.
The Samsung Galaxy S II has topped sales of the iPhone and was the most popular phone in the U.K. the past two months, even being priced at £429.49, which equates to $689.75 US.
Canadian carrier SaskTel announced it would carry the Canadian version of the Samsung Galaxy S II for $79.99 C with a three-year contract. Although the price has not been set yet for U.S., it is expected to be competitive and around $199.99 with a contract.
Viral social media buzz is greater for the Samsung Galaxy S II than for the Droid Bionic. In other countries, it has gotten rave reviews.
Tech Radar gave the Samsung Galaxy S II a whopping 5 stars out of 5 and "liked nigh-on EVERYTHING on the Samsung Galaxy S2"
The features of the Samsung Galaxy S II are the 4.3" Super AMOLED touchscreen that is very vivid and a 1.22GHz Samsung Exynos 4210 dual-core processor. Specs include a 1GB RAM on board, 16GB/32G MicroSD (up to 32GB), A-GPS, DLNA AllShare, better battery life, voice commands, NFC, an 8MP camera/camcorder (1080 HD), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and special Samsung TouchWhiz UI features.
Samsung media features are the Social Hub, Readers Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub. A new feature is Kies air for transferring files over Wi-Fi.
With great reviews and spectacular features, the Samsung Galaxy S II may just beat out the iPhone in the United States too, depending upon carrier distribution and the release date.
Latest rumors fueled by benchmark tests speculate that the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will be upgraded to a 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos SoC dual-core, which could make it faster than the iPhone 5, depending upon the specs of the unannounced iPhone 5.
It is not clear when carriers will release their own models. Some guess summer into early fall.
Previous Android spies, revealed from unnamed sources, say that the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, named the Within from Sprint, will have a late July release date. Other rumors suggest that it will be called the Within from Sprint, the Attain from AT&T, and the Function from Verizon.
Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S release started in July, with the Samsung Captivate on July 18, the Samsung Epic 4G on August 31, and the Samsung Fascinate on September 8. We suspect that the Samsung Galaxy S II U.S. versions could follow that pattern unless there are technical problems.
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