T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II on Video (hands on)

The Samsung Galaxy S II is a gorgeous device that’s available from several carriers. Yesterday, Samsung and T-Mobile announced a version that runs on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network and boasts download speeds of up to 42 Mbps.

(READ: Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch Review)

We got a very brief look at the device during Giga Om’s Mobilize conference, but got a chance to play with it for an extended period at a T-Mobile 4G party in San Francisco.

(READ: T-Mobile and Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S II Smartphones Compared)

Here’s a video walkthrough of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II.

Galaxy SII from T-Mobile

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As with other Galaxy II variants, the T-Mobile model features a Super AMOLEDPlus display with a 150,000:1 contrast ratio. There’s plenty of access to video content right out of the box since thanks to T-Mobile TV, Samsung’s Media Hub and Netflix.

Galaxy S II users can buy or rent movies through the Samsung Media Hub app and watch them offline. Netflix streaming should be a breeze when connected to T-Mobile’s speedy 4G network.

Samsung Galaxy SII Super AMOLED Plus Display

The display looks fantastic and is viewable from just about any angle. This is especially important on small devices like smartphones since they’re often viewed at odd angles.

The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II has a completely different chipset than the other variants here in the U.S. It features a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

Samsung Galaxy SII vs Galaxy SI

One issue with the previous Galaxy S phones was that they didn’t have a camera flash. The Galaxy S II does have one to go along with an improved 8 MP camera sensor. The camera can shoot HD video and there are several pre-programmed shooting modes for both images and movies.

T-Mobile Galaxy SII Battery Compartment

The T-Mobile Galaxy S II comes with an 1850 mAh battery, which is slightly more than the Sprint version and much more than the AT&T version.

In terms of connectivity, the T-Mobile Galaxy S II features Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi direct so the phone can connect directly to other Wi-Fi devices like wireless printers without going through a router. There’s also an HDMI port so users can stream videos to HDTVs.

The T-Mobile Galaxy S II will go on sale in the U.S. on October 12 online and at T-Mobile retail stores.

T-Mobile also introduced the HTC Amaze 4G and the Sonic 4G Hotspot yesterday. Both of those devices also feature up to 42 Mbps 4G speeds.

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