July 26, 2011 | by Tony Price
This week has been full of Samsung based rumors. Specifically, there was a leak picked up by BGR that showed a new Samsung slider, and now more news has broke about (possibly) that phone.
BGR has published a set of photos like the one below that show a previously unseen Samsung device running on the AT&T network. Despite the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the device appears to be relatively thin. However, the textured back looks a bit unattractive, in my opinion.
The supposed Galaxy S II variant sports the model number of SGH-I927, along with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. It looks like it keeps the previously reported 8MP rear camera with flash, and the front-facing camera. Those are the features I was most interested in seeing, so I am happy to hear it.
The Galaxy S II is already the fastest selling Samsung smart phone of all time, moving over 3 million units in just 55 days. That milestone was reached without being launched on a single U.S. carrier. There has been word that the U.S. versions of the phone are due to arrive in August, there are currently no details about any of the launches.
We also don’t know what the device will actually be called. With the original Galaxy S line, each U.S. carrier had its own version with a unique name. I have been rolling with my Captivate from AT&T for over a year, and am itching to upgrade.
So far, we are unaware if the Galaxy S II line will follow that pattern, but I would think it would. It would be far to confusing for consumers to call devices that aren’t identical by the same name. This slider is probably the best evidence we have for a naming scheme similar to what we saw last year. If it gets its own identity, the last I heard, it will be called the Attain.
So, does the slide-out keyboard kill your excitement for this device? Are you more excited about getting you hands on it? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
[Photo Credit: BGR]