Yesterday, a mysterious image of a Samsung Android QWERTY slider that appeared to be destined for AT&T leaked out. The phone, which was unnamed, appeared to be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II. I debated back and forth with a few people on whether or not it was AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II and the consensus was that it was close, but that it wasn’t the same phone we saw back in that earlier leak. Turns out, we were wrong. BGR has received more images and have confirmed that the phone we saw yesterday and the images you see here are, in fact, AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II device, QWERTY keyboard and all. Consider us shocked, but if you remember, Sprint’s Galaxy S device, the Samsung Epic 4G, had a physical keyboard and has been a fantastic device for many people so we’re not too worried. Yet.
Now, from the pictures, it looks as though AT&T and Samsung were able to limit the bulk of the phone with the added physical keyboard. It still looks fairly slim but we’ll reserve judgement until we see it more clearly. The backing of the phone, which contains an 8MP camera, looks like it’s textured and it looks, well, atrocious. We also see that the device is running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread which is the latest and greatest update.
It’s unclear if this is going to keep the Samsung Galaxy S II name or if will launch as some other phone. Neither a release date nor pricing was available at this time either. So, this is probably going to be a disappointment for a lot of people and a triumph for others. If you love physical keyboards, this looks like a phone you’re going to enjoy. If you don’t, well, just hope that AT&T’s version is the only one with a physical keyboard.
This is the second U.S. Galaxy S II device that has leaked out recently, the first being Sprint’s model. Both phones, along with a variant for Verizon at the very least are expected to launch next month.
Honestly, I’m a little surprised by the keyboard but AT&T probably needed a way to differentiate itself from the other devices. It worked for Sprint and hey, it might work out just fine for AT&T too. Still, it would have been nice if they had just kept the original, successful design.
What do you think, guys? Yay or nay?