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Why The T-Mobile Galaxy S II Didn’t Get A Release Date

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Yesterday was launch day for the Samsung Galaxy S II in the United States. We got some hands-on time with both Samsung Galaxy S II models from AT&T and Sprint and we saw the announcement of T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II device. And while Samsung may have got the branding right for these new handsets, it certainly failed to show off its T-Mobile device at the event.

You see, the T-Mobile Galaxy S II was hidden behind glass. In addition to that little mystery, T-Mobile sent out a press release that was lacking in the detail department. Unlike the Sprint and AT&T models which both saw their full specs unveiled and their release dates marked on the calender, the T-Mobile device saw neither.

Instead, we were left with a fall release window and a couple of specifications including a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus Display and a dual-core processor. This frustrated quite a few of you I’m sure. No release date, no spec list, no hands-on treatment.

T-Mobile Galaxy S II

However, this is not a bad thing at all folks. Not in the slightest.

You see, as TMoNews cleverly points out, while Samsung confirmed that the T-Mobile device would have a dual-core processor, it didn’t specify which processor it would have. Both the AT&T and Sprint variants are powered by the Samsung Exynos 4210 processor and contain a Intel XMM6260 modem. That modem only allows the AT&T version to reach speeds up to 21Mpbs on its HSPA+ network.

If you recall, T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II Hercules, the device we saw unveiled yesterday, is rumored to be a device capable or running on T-Mobile’s 42Mpbs HSPA+ network. And to reach those speeds, it would need different hardware and speculation rests on Qualcomm equipment being the lucky winner.

A Qualcomm MDM8220 modem paired with a Snapdragon processor would allow the T-Mobile Galaxy S II to function on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network and give it an edge on the competition.

So, don’t fret ladies and gentlemen. The T-Mobile device will come and when it does, it will be powered by the fastest HSPA+ 4G network in the land.

4 Comments

  1. db., heyu

    08/31/2011 at 8:01 pm

    Bravo!! but T-Mobile is about as fast as a tuna can and some yarn, in my area..

  2. Anonymous

    08/31/2011 at 8:18 pm

    i cant believe this,me and my friend just got two i-phones for $43.78 each and a $25 gift card for $4the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you go here GrаbPenny.cоm

  3. Pjyango

    08/31/2011 at 8:46 pm

    Tmobile is not getting the galaxy s2 tmobile is getting the nexus prime and it will be vanilla yumm…!!!

  4. Anonymous

    09/01/2011 at 4:58 pm

    Tmobile is getting the galaxy s2 – they announced as much.

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