Samsung Galaxy S II now official in US, heading to AT&T(Galaxy S II), T-Mobile, and Sprint(Epic 4G Touch)
The wait in the USA is finally over for the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S II. The device that is considered by many as the iPhone 5′s main competition will be heading to three out of the four major US carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. According to rumors, Verizon opted out on the Galaxy S II to instead exclusively launch the Droid Prime, the first Ice Cream Sandwich device, in October.
Sprint’s variant of the Galaxy S II, the Epic 4G Touch, will spot a slightly larger screen at 4.52-inches and will run on Sprint’s WiMax network.
T-Mobile’s version(no name yet) will also feature the same large screen as the Epic 4G Touch and will run on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network.
AT&T’s model will sport the original smaller 4.3-inch screen of the international version(and original name) and will run on AT&T’s HSPA+ network. AT&T’s Galaxy S II will also be the thinnest device on the market thanks to its smaller 1650 mAh battery inside as opposed to the normal 1800 mAh pack.
All devices will have the same 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Super AMOLED Plus display, and a 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording(Samsung mentioned they would include video editing software pre-installed on the device as well). They all will run on Gingerbread with Touchwiz 3.0.
Samsung has made some changes to TouchWiz 3.0 such as the getting rid of the chicklet tiles, making it easier to organize files into folders, and providing a cleaner UI in general. Social Hub has also been upgraded to support multiple social networks and to allow a good amount of control over them(ex: you can like, comment, and share a Facebook post within Social Hub). MediaHub now allows users to plug their device via HDMI cable to an HDTV and stream their movies onto the TV. Samsung Kies Air allows users to manage their digital content(music, photos, videos) from any computer wirelessly from a web browser. Samsung has also included some enterprise features that will appeal to business users such as improved security and IT management(remote wipe/backup).
Sprint’s Epic 4G will arrive first on September 16th for $199.99 on a new two year contract. You will be able to pre-order the device soon by purchasing a $50 gift card. AT&T’s Galaxy S II will arrive on September 18th, but we have no word on pricing yet. T-Mobile said that their version would be arriving sometime in the fall and didn’t mention anything about a price. Follow