One of the most eagerly-anticipated Android handsets has finally landed in the U.S.—where “finally” is defined as “sit tight for a couple more weeks, actually”. The Sprint version will be launching on September 16th, AT&T September 18th, and T-Mobile on…well…sometime. All will be $200 with a two-year contract.
There will be some minor differences between the models. For starters, the T-Mobile and Sprint versions will be sporting 4.5″ screens, instead of the 4.3″ version we see worldwide (and on AT&T). 8 MP rear camera capable of 1080p recording, with a 2MP front-facing camera for video calls. 16GB of internal storage and a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor. Not to mention the gorgeous Super AMOLED screen.
Unsurprisingly, Samsung is touting their slim design. The devices will be slathered with TouchWiz, but it apparently brings a video editor with it. So, you know, it’s a tradeoff.
One of the most notable changes from the worldwide version, however, is that Samsung is being mum on NFC on the device. At the moment, the Nexus S is the only device (worth paying attention to) that has NFC. When Google announced Google Wallet, it was assumed that Google would push for NFC in many future devices. Which may be the case. However the Galaxy S II will not be bringing the NFC from the worldwide version to the red white and blue.
Anyways, if you were looking forward to it, just chill for a couple more weeks and you’ll be good.