Those of who have been waiting for Samsung’s Galaxy S 2 to land Stateside just got one more reason to stay hopeful. Above you’ll see a picture that looks terribly similar to Samsung’s latest Android handset but this particular one has Sprint’s logo on the back of it. Can it be? We sure hope so!
While I really love my G2X, I haven’t really found a phone I liked as much as I did the Galaxy S 2 when I reviewed it. This was certainly a surprise to me, as Samsung handsets were a bit of a miss in my eyes. Insanely popular or not. The Galaxy S 2 is really a sight to behold and you can tell that Sammy has learned from its mistakes.
We’ve been hearing by some that the reason we still haven’t heard anything about the Galaxy S 2′s US availability is that carriers aren’t interested in carrying the handset and opted to go with competing manufacturer’s phones. I call bullshit on that one, and the picture above proves just that. If it’s real, that is. Even with the current HTC and Motorola offerings that have qHD displays, I’d pick the Super AMOLED Plus, easily. You’ll definitely be sacrificing some pixels but even with the standard WVGA resolution, Samsung’s screen technology stands alone. I’m usually not one who would go for a 4.3 inch screen on a phone but since the GS2 is so thin, it’s much easier to handle.
If that indeed is the Galaxy S 2 for Sprint, we can imagine that we’ll soon hear or see confirmation of some sort for other carriers as well. This handset will be a great alternative to the HTC EVO 3D and Photon 4G when it lands on Sprint, which could be relatively soon.
Shipping with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and bells and whistles throughout, not only is the Galaxy S 2 a powerful handset, it’s pretty sexy as well. I’d easily pick this handset out of everything that’s available today in the US and if Sammy does drop a Pro version with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, I’ll jump on it immediately. Even though the processor in the existing GS2 is plenty fast, I’d love to see the US versions ship with NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 CPU, as I’ve already purchased a good amount of games from Tegra Zone. Luckily, that’s not a complete impossibility.
Call me a Samsung fanboy if you’d like but I’ve rarely been this impressed with a phone this much. Now the question is: When will the handset hit all the carriers, and will I be kicking myself when I see the first Ice Cream Sandwich handset arrive?