April 11, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
We’re still waiting to find out when the Samsung Galaxy S II will arrive in the United States, but Android fans in the United Kingdom finally have a solid release date. According to an announcement by Samsung, the Galaxy S II will arrive in UK shops beginning May 1st.
Samsung didn’t include the SIM-free pricing of the Galaxy S II, but the phone “will be available in the UK across all major networks and retailers.” And while we’re on the issue of unclear details, Samsung hasn’t said which 1.2 GHz dual-core processor will appear in the UK version of the phone. The NVIDIA-made Tegra 2 will appear in some regions because Samsung cannot produce enough of its own Exynos processor to satisfy global demand. (My money is on the UK version getting Exynos.)
What we do know about the Galaxy S II is that the hardware is exceptional, it’s running a custom version of Samsung UI on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and a Super AMOLED Plus screen. There’s also a very solid 8 megapixel camera capable of filming 1080p HD videos and even playback through DLNA with Samsung AllShare. You can get the full run-down by reading our post from when the device was first announced at Mobile World Congress.
Today’s announcement should allay fears that the Galaxy S 2 would be delayed because of statements made by Samsung’s Indian Twitter account. The sSamsung Tomorrow Twitter account oon clarified that the device would launch in April as planned. I guess Samsung decided to meet the two groups in the middle and put the Galaxy S II on sale in May.