Samsung officially unveiled its hotly-anticipated Galaxy S II Android phone at a media event in Sydney last night, but Optus is the only telco that has confirmed pricing and availability details.
Described by Samsung as the "smartest built smartphone on the market", the Galaxy S II will launch on all three Australian telcos — Telstra, Optus and Vodafone — but Optus is the only company that has announced pricing and availability details for the handset. As revealed last week, Optus will sell the Galaxy S II in stores from 1 June, and it will be available for $0 on Optus' $79 cap over 24 months. Optus will sell the phone for $899 outright.
Samsung was keen to point out that Optus does not have exclusivity rights for the Galaxy S II, and that it was simply quickest of the block to announce its plans. Telstra will sell the Galaxy S II from "late June", while Vodafone is expected to follow in early July. Neither Telstra or Vodafone has announced pricing details for the Galaxy S II, with Telstra saying it will announce this information "a little closer to launch".
The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the first phones on the Australian market to feature a dual-core processor. The phone also has a 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel rear camera that doubles as a 1080p HD video recorder, and a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls.
The Galaxy S II runs the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform, and features Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 UI overlay. Samsung's vice president of telecommunications, Tyler McGee, said that the on-board "apps and content is what sets the Galaxy apart from its competitors". These services include a pre-loaded 30 day free trial of Sydney and Melbourne versions of the Good Food Guide, Navigon's full turn-by-turn GPS navigation app with maps of Australia on board, and the soon to be launched music hub, a subscription based music service that will enable users to download tracks directly to the handset.
The Galaxy S II is also compatible with the newly launched Samsung Dive service, a free remote device management service that can locate, remotely lock, and remotely wipe the handset in the event it is lost or stolen.