Finally, we have some great news, as the Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) is to hit the shores of the US in August. What we find funny is how Samsung seem hesitant in announcing the official release date/dates. There are so many questions that are undetermined, such as which carriers will be getting the phone, as well as its price?
Now that the South Korean smartphone maker has offered us this little piece of information, just maybe some other details will follow shortly? The S II has been a little like the Droid Bionic, as the former was announced in February and the latter in January. We now have an official release date for Bionic from Motorola and Verizon, so isn’t it about time that Samsung stepped up to the plate?
We are 100 percent certain of three carrier versions, Sprint will call theirs the Within, which you can see a leaked photo of here. Verizon is to call theirs the Function, and AT&T’s version will be named Attain. We had first assumed that T-Mobile would not be offering a version of the Galaxy S II, but we have since learned that they will, and it has been suggested that they will call it the Hercules.
Pricing is always a major factor, and all four US carriers will have to be a little aggressive if they have any hope of not only competing with each other but also the iPhone. The reason we say this is because the iPhone has been delayed this year, so we expect to see it released just a month later than the S II. To make things even tougher it could be released on all four of the same carriers.
We have yet to learn the reason for the continued delay, as the UK version was released in May and has since gone on to outsell the iPhone 4 for two months in succession. Even India has the handset, which was a slap in the face for North American consumers.
The next battle for the Android handset will be which of the four will look, perform and sell the best. We know on past experience that all four will look very different, and will also have a few tweaks here and there. Last year it was Sprint who took the crown with their Epic 4G, will they be able to repeat this success – we will have to wait and see?