It seems those leaked shots of the Sprint-branded Samsung Galaxy S II were the real deal. Samsung’s mobile boss Shin Jong-Kyun told Korean reporters that “we expect to release the Galaxy S II in the U.S. market sometime in August.” The iPhone competitor originally launched in Korea back in April, and then shortly thereafter in the UK. For almost three long months, we’ve had to sit here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, and watch as over 3 million Galaxy S IIs flew off the shelves in the first 55 days it was available. The specs are to die for, the hardware is gorgeous, and finally, we get to enjoy it.
Those leaked pictures seem to ensure that the Galaxy S II will hit Sprint shelves, although we’re pretty certain that AT&T and Verizon will nab the beastly handset, as well. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S, launched on all four carriers when it arrived, so it only follows that the S II will do the same. We really don’t know how to express just how excited we are that this phone is finally making its way across the pond, so the specs will have to do the expressing for us:
The Galaxy S II touts a dual-core 1.2GHz processor underneath Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, with Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 UI slapped on top. The 8-megapixel rear-facing shooter is capable of capturing video in 1080p, and the 2-megapixel front-facing camera should make you look pretty during your Google Video Chats. Plus, the Galaxy S II’s 4.3-inch 480×800 Super AMOLED Plus display has the potential to rival almost any touchscreen out there.
Hopefully, you’re not too attached to the Galaxy S II branding, as we’ll probably see this phone launch as the Samsung “Within”. Honestly, this phone probably deserves a more power-packing name like the “Awesome” or the “Badass” — but a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.