Android Phones

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II coming Oct. 12. $229 with NFC and Qualcomm processor

September 26, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Samsung, T-Mobile


The Samsung Galaxy S II set to launch on T-Mobile USA will have a few differences from its brothers at other carriers. The biggest will be the lack of a Samsung Exynos processor, which has been replaced by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.5 GHz instead. While I’m sure you would have liked to see what Samsung can do, the 8 – 22 Mbps speeds of T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network will help dry your tears.

T-Mobile and Samsung also confirmed a few other specifications from the device. For starters, the phone is equipped with near field communications (NFC), the short-range wireless technology that enables mobile payments, unlocking doors, and other forms of data exchange. NFC is what Google has used for its Google Wallet program, and it is also the backbone of the ISIS payment system that T-Mobile has joined as a partner with AT&T and Verizon.

Both the speed and NFC capabilities are welcome additions to an already impressive phone. The Galaxy S II for T-Mobile USA has a large 4.52-inch WVGA SuperAMOLED Plus touchscreen, which should come in handy when it comes time to watch the pre-loaded Netflix, Samsung Media Hub, and T-Mobile TV applications. It will also perform well with mobile video, video chat with the front-facing camera (4G or Wi-Fi), and Samsung’s Touchwiz UI layered onto of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Expect to see the Galaxy S II in stores beginning October 12 for $229.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate (2 year agreement required). The phone will go on pre-sale at beginning October 10. Here’s a list of the full specs below.

Samsung Galaxy S II Specs:

Entertainment Experience

  • Pre-loaded entertainment features, including:
  • Netflix® offers access to streaming mobile video
  • T-Mobile TV offers access to live and on-demand TV in mobile HD
  • Samsung Media Hub provides the option to rent or purchase movies and TV programs; shareable on up to
  • five compatible devices (e.g. Samsung Galaxy Tab™)
  • T-Mobile Video Chat makes it easy to connect face-to-face through T-Mobile’s 4G network or Wi-Fi
  • Zinio® Reader provides access to full color issues from top-selling magazine titles
  • Slacker® Radio offers free access to streaming radio with millions of songs, plus personalized radio and
  • ESPN Sports programming
  • Asphalt 6
  • DLNA and HDMI out capability to view videos from your device to your HD TV

Sleek & Stylish Design

  • Offered in a titanium color finish
  • 4.52-inch WVGA touchscreen featuring Super AMOLED
  • Plus technology; 480 x 800 pixels
  • Swype® for easy text input on the virtual keyboard
  • Dimensions: 5.1″ x 2.7″ x .37″; weight: 4.77 ounces

Additional Features

  • Android™ 2.3.5 software with access to more than 250,000 applications on Android Market™
  • Integrated Google™ services: Google Search™ by voice, YouTube® and turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps™
  • Voice Talk allows users to give voice commands for voice dial, text message, navigation and more.
  • Samsung Kies Air to connect your PC via Wi-Fi
  • Screen Grab Feature to take a screen grab of content on the phone screen
  • Full HTML Web browser
  • Support for Adobe® Flash® Player
  • Breadth of enterprise solutions
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 Processor with 1.5 GHz dual CPUs
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash; 2-megapxel front-facing camera
  • Full 1080p HD video recorder
  • DLNA & HDMI out (MHL adaptor required)
  • 16GB of internal memory; expandable to 48GB via a 32GB
  • microSD card
  • 1850 mAh battery
  • NFC-enabled
  • Support for Bluetooth® 3.0
  • Wi-Fi for data (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Quad-band 4G UMTS/HSPA+ 42 (Bands I, II, IV & V)
  • Quad-band GSM world phone: (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)