Samsung Galaxy S II delayed until June to get a new 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
If you’re wondering what happened to the Samsung Galaxy S II, and why the superphone announced during Mobile World Congress in February hasn’t become available anywhere in the world yet, this day brings you some good news and some bad news.
The bad news is that it’s delayed. And it isn’t an “unnamed source” saying so either – it’s Samsung, via the Twitter account for its branch in India. According to a tweet by Samsung Mobile India, the Galaxy S II will not be launched before June. And, it adds, this isn’t only applicable in India – the smartphone is delayed everywhere.
Wondering why that might be? Well, that’s where the aforementioned good news comes in. It looks like Samsung is busy tweaking the phone’s hardware. Yes, its hardware. That isn’t something you hear often, especially so late in the production cycle, yet Samsung has apparently decided that a 1 GHz dual-core processor just wasn’t enough for the Galaxy S II, and has chosen to replace that with a 1.2 GHz dual-core chip at the last minute. This only affects Samsung’s own Exynos processors, it’s unclear at the moment what this will mean for the Galaxy S II devices that were supposed to ship with Nvidia Tegra 2 processors (which are clocked at 1 GHz). Let’s hope Nvidia and Samsung find a way to clock those 20% higher as well, otherwise we’re bound to find a worldwide goldrush for the more powerful version(s) of the handset.
The information about the processor change also comes direct from one of Samsung’s worldwide offices, this time in Estonia, via a post on its Facebook wall. GSMArena has also independently confirmed the information with a source.
So even if you’ll have some more waiting to do before you can get a Samsung Galaxy S II, it’s probably going to be worth it, considering that when you do get your hands on it, it may just be the fastest phone available on the market. Now that’s something to brag about.