The momentum behind the Samsung Galaxy S Series continues on, now that the Galaxy S II HD LTE is coming to Canada within weeks. The phone has been out in South Korea and the U.S. already (it’s called the SkyRocket down south), but now it appears that one or all of the ‘Big 3’ carriers will launch it here imminently.
If you liked the original Galaxy S II or the variants that came after it (Telus’ S II X comes to mind), then it’s highly probably that you’ll appreciate this one too. It’s LTE-enabled, so speed shouldn’t be an issue. It has a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with a resolution of 1280x720 made of Gorilla Glass.
It has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with its own graphics processing, 1GB of RAM and will run on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. More than likely, the phone will be upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in short order — possibly just weeks after launch, though nothing has been set in stone yet.
There’s 16GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot to expand that up to another 32GB. There are dual cameras — an 8-megapixel on the back with autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video capture, and a 2-megapixel camera in the front for video calls.
Samsung is also putting in an NFC chip into the phone, but there’s little information on what they plan to do with it.
What’s also not clear is whether the Galaxy S II HD LTE will come in the same form factor for all the carriers. Considering what happened with the S II, where there were variants and different sizes, it seems unlikely that Samsung would go that route in this case.
The phone launched in South Korea in September, while the Galaxy S II LTE (without the HD) came out right around the time Rogers’ LTE network expanded to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Since then, the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note launched as well, making it a pretty busy six months from Samsung.
Putting out the HD version now is interesting timing because the Galaxy S III’s release has been hotly rumoured and debated for a spring timeframe since it was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February.
But either way, the S II HD LTE is coming, and you can probably expect it to drop sooner than you think.
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