Samsung Galaxy S II Launch Date Postponed To May

At least two online etailers have changed the release date of the Samsung Galaxy S II from March 2011 to May 2011, a two month delay that could have some serious consequences on sales given that the iPhone 5 launch could just be weeks away.

Both Play.com and Expansys.com list the Samsung Galaxy S as coming in May 2011; Play has even discounted the price of the Galaxy S II to £599.99 down from its RRP of £650.

An eight weeks delay is a long time, one that could well be linked to a manufacturing issue; Samsung may be having teething problems with the production of its Exynos system on chip, which caused it to look for a third party - in this case Nvidia - to provide with a similar system on chip.

The Galaxy S II was unveiled at last month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona; it is based on a dual core Exynos (formerly known as the Orion) SoC with two ARM Cortex A9 based CPU clocked at 1GHz (or 1.2Ghz depending on the source) and the ARM Mali-T604 Quad-Core GPU.

Not only is it lighter and thinner than the original Galaxy S and the iPhone 4, it also has a bigger screen, a 4.27-inch WVGA Super AMOLED plus display, with an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p full HD video recording, a front facing 2-megapixel camera, near field technology, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, DLNA support, Wi-Fi hotspot, HDMI TV output and a 1650mAh battery.

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