Samsung Galaxy S II set to be unveiled on 26 May

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S II Android phone in Australia at the end of May
Samsung's Galaxy S II Android phone will be unveiled on 26 May

Samsung's Galaxy S II Android phone will be unveiled on 26 May

Samsung is set to launch the highly anticipated dual-core Galaxy S II Android phone on 26 May in Australia, following its launch in Korean and UK markets.

Read our detailed Samsung Galaxy S II preview, and see how the Samsung Galaxy S II stacks up against the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc in our smartphone showdown.

The company sent out a media invite this morning for the Galaxy S II launch event, describing it as "the biggest mobile phone launch for Samsung this year." The event is set for an afternoon start on Thursday 26 May, and will run overnight and finish on Friday morning, 27 May.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone will launch across all Australian networks including Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, though it is not yet known if the device will initially be released on a single network with an exclusivity period. The Samsung Galaxy S II is a quad-band 3G smartphone, so it will work across all three network bands used in Australia, including Telstra's 850MHz Next G network.

The Galaxy S II has a 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 800x480, an 8-megapixel rear camera that doubles as a 1080p HD video recorder, and a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, along with a microSD card slot for extra storage. The phone runs the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform, and features Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 UI overlay. Samsung exclusive features include social hub, readers hub, game hub and music hub, while enhanced corporate and security functions include the implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, on-device encryption and Cisco's AnyConnect VPN client.

Perhaps the best feature of the Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone is its design; the smartphone is just 8.49mm thick, making it thinner than the iPhone 4 and likely the thinnest smartphone in the world. Although it features an all-plastic design like its predecessor, the Galaxy S II has a carbon-like finish on its rear battery cover.

The Samsung Galaxy S II may also come with an integrated Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. NFC is a short-range wireless communication technology; the same used in many new credit cards, whereby the card can be simply swiped across a smartchip to make a purchase. This technology is rumoured to be an inclusion on the upcoming iPhone 5, but we've seen conflicting reports of its inclusion in Galaxy S II devices across the world. Samsung says it will ship two versions of the Galaxy S II, one with NFC and one without. The latter is what the company has started shipping in Europe, while the Korean version of the Galaxy S II includes the NFC chip. It is not yet known if the Australian version of the Galaxy S II will include NFC.

Although the Galaxy S II launch event is scheduled for late May, the phone is unlikely to be available in Australian stores until June. The device has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from experts around the world, and the hype seems to have done Samsung plenty of favours -- it claimed earlier this week that three million Galaxy S II devices have been pre-ordered globally.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

Good Gear Guide
Topics: gingerbread, galaxy s II, samsung, Google Android phones, mobile phones, smartphones, samsung galaxy s ii

Comments

Esper

1

Now the only question is whether we'll get the Tegra 2 or Exynos powered Galaxy SII.

Victor

2

Whats the difference between the Tegra 2 and the Exynos?

Andrew

3

tegra 2 = 1.2ghz duel core cpu
exynos = 1.0ghz duel core cpu

Kenny

4

I hope it'll comes with the Tegra 2, otherwise people need to cautions when purchase the 3D games!!!

Sol

5

Either cpu will do fine will be better than your single cpu phones. I can't wait to get it!! Waiting for outright price to be confirmed from the major mobile providers.

Chris

6

Sorry Andrew, I think you got that backwards.

Tegra 2 = 1.0GHz
Exynos = 1.2GHz

It's not really clear at this point which is better, they seem to trade blows in benchmarks.

I remember reading rumors that the Tegra 2 equipped Galaxy S2 would not have the super AMOLED screen, but super clear LCD. Deal breaker for the Tegra 2 version in my book.

Having played with the Exynos with super AMOLED (a mate bought one from the UK), if the above is true, the Exynos with super AMOLED is the way to go (for the beautiful screen alone). Let's hope that's the variant we get, it's amazing.

Mert

7

both Tegra 2 and the Exynos run at 1.0Ghz and both use the Cortex-A9.
however Chris you are right that both are almost equal with one or the other coming out on top... just slightly.

Also all the Galaxy S 2's will utilise the super AMOLED plus display and im glad they aren't going with PenTile.

Ben

8

I've read and found out the model coming to Aust is the Exynos powered Galaxy S2 but its going to be the same model as the UK minus NFC chip as aust doesnt have the devices to offer this service but when its here apparently Sammy may re release.

Korea win

9

닥치고 갤럭시s2사라 진리다~

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