The Samsung Galaxy S II for the AT&T 4G mobile broadband network is the US version which most closely resembles the overseas European and Asian Galaxy S II which initially introduced the handset to the world. That handset sold a whopping 10 million units in 5 months, shattering the previous Samsung record of 10 million units sold in the first 7 months after a device’s launch. That record was held by none other than the Samsung Galaxy S, and that device’s popularity may have more than a little to do with the early sales success of the Samsung Galaxy S II.
New customers can buy the Samsung Galaxy S II for only $149 with a new two year contract.
Samsung has released the Galaxy S II under all major wireless carriers in the US, and Sprint was the first to market with their version, the Epic Touch 4G. While AT&T’s 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy S II may not have been the first to arrive in the states, it is the one that holds truest to form. Most physically and technically like the device that was launched in Europe and Asia, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II is physically actually smaller than the average 4G handset, and about average in weight, measuring 4.96 x 2.60 x 0.35 inches (126 x 66 x 9 mm) and weighing 4.30 oz (122 g).
However, don’t let the diminutive size of one of Samsung’s thinnest handsets ever designed fool you. The 1650 mAh battery provides eight hours of continuous talk time on a single battery charge, as well as 400 hours standby, both average when compared to all other 4G smartphones. Samsung chose to build their own processor, an Exynos 1.2 GHz dual core chip, and adds one gigabyte of RAM memory. 16 GB of onboard storage is provided, with an ability to upgrade to 32 GB via the microSD slot.
The 4.3 inch screen uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display technology to deliver 480 x 800 pixel resolution and 16 million color support. That is a capacitive multitouch screen, and a light sensor and proximity sensor are built into the handset. Overlaying the display is a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass which is scratch-resistant and glare-reducing.
Like the majority of 4G handsets made today, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II delivers dual cameras. There are rear facing 8 megapixel and forward facing 2 megapixel camcorders on board. That forward camera is a video call and video chat cam, and the rear camera can record in 1080P HD resolution, offering LED flash, autofocus, smile detection and panorama picture taking capabilities.