Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T gets real, packs a QWERTY keyboard [Photos]

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Samsung’s wildly popular Galaxy S II, which some argue to be the most powerful smartphone on the planet, has been noticeably absent on American shores. That’s due to change next month according to Shin Jong-kyun, President of Samsung’s Mobile Business and Digital Imaging. Knowing how the big four operators roll though, we expect the Galaxy S II to look a little different depending on who offers it. Just yesterday we reported about the possability that AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S II would feature a QWERTY keyboard, and now thanks to the Boy Genius Report we have images to backup that claim. Taking a look at the somewhat grainy photos we can see a four row keyboard flanked by dedicated Android keys on either side, the same 8 megapixel camera that Europeans and Asians have been enjoying, and a new textured rear cover that looks like something off the butt of a rifle. Said smartphone is called the “SGH-I927″ and runs version 2.3.4 of Android.

How much will it cost? When exactly is it going to launch? These things we’ll find out in due time, but from what we’ve seen so far we think you’re better off just importing a European model and shoving your SIM card inside. How often are you really going to use that QWERTY keyboard? With a 4.3 inch screen, the keys should be big enough for you to type out a text without making too many mistakes. There’s also the question of software updates, which AT&T is terrible at, but with an unlocked handset you jump to the front of the line when it comes to getting the latest and greatest versions of Android. Speaking about versions of Android, in less than 6 months we’ll be seeing the first devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, so do you want to be labeled “out of date” after just 2 quarters?

Anyway, one more photo for you while you think about how best to blow your paycheck:

  • Anonymous

    OMG the best smartphone just got better, at least its not an iphone ripoff :D

  • http://profiles.google.com/jayq330 Jonathan Oquendo

    now everyone that talked all the bs about sprints epic 4G having a keyboard can go & praise at&t for having one, so funny how people a judge phone because of the carrier or because there carrier doesnt have a certain feature….i guess now sprint wont have the keyboard lol :) thats a good thing because the screen is now big enough, but the resolution on the screen is so low that the keyboard is going to look like some lowres windows 95 kind of outdated look. they should of gone qHD. id be happier with the keyboard though, but i wouldnt switch over to at&t for this phone, not for any phone at that.

    • Anonymous

      I’d probably take the Super AMOLED Plus over a qHD display. The novelty of the AMOLED Plus takes longer to wear off than any high-res display I’ve seen. 

      I’ve been wanting a Galaxy S 2 with a keyboard since I reviewed the original, but that keyboard looks like crap.

    • Anonymous

      I’d probably take the Super AMOLED Plus over a qHD display. The novelty of the AMOLED Plus takes longer to wear off than any high-res display I’ve seen. 

      I’ve been wanting a Galaxy S 2 with a keyboard since I reviewed the original, but that keyboard looks like crap.

  • ROY

    I feel like it’s not SAMSUNG Galaxy SII, just something other from SAMSUNG headed for AT&T. Because it has nothing similar with SGSII for me.:)

    SAMSUNG has all the possibilities to create ABSOLUTELY fantastic hi-tech products like flexible super-thin ‘sAMOLED HD flex’ smartphone and to hire dev/design team to create their own distinctive, awesome UI skin for their Android gadgets. 

    Google’s Android is the best smart OS in the world=) unified Android 4.0 FTW!

  • Kimo808

    OMG…… OMG …… OMG ….. OMG …… I’ve been using the Galaxy S i897 Georgio Armani Version for 1 year now, I’ve been to Hong Kong , Philippines , Japan to see the newest gagets out there. Especially Philippines where their the #1 in phone gagets in Updates and Verfied Special Features on their phones. This Phone is not going to be available in Asia that i know, Especially in Philippines. I’m the only one that has the Galaxy S i897 unlocked legally. I’ve been to like everywhere in Manila to find a battery or any accessories for it. Gee’s and it’s been 1 year. Well I guess when i get back to Cali I’m up for the BEST ON THE WEST the Galaxy S II  Genius at that . Good job DevelopoGeeks. iPhone 1-3 i already sold them waiting for the release.
    As for the keyboard, all i know it’s for texting and that’s what i need, as for the looks, your not buying a 600.00 dollar phone for keyboard to look pretty.  Galaxy S II sells here in Asia 800.00 dollars equilivant to 29,000K php go figure. Everything in U.S is always cheap. I know one thing for sure i’ll never have to buy a DSLR after using this Galaxy S for my vacation pictures. It has everything i need except a wide angle lens :)  Rock On Samsung.

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