Samsung To Launch Galaxy S II On May 1st

Samsung has confirmed that it will launch the Galaxy S II, the successor of the Galaxy S on 1st of May in the UK and is likely to cost under £500 to match its competitors' prices.

The date came as a surprise to many since it is a Sunday and the following day is a bank holiday which means that interested parties may only be able to buy it on the 3rd.

The device was unveiled back in February at the Mobile World Congress and like the 10.1-inch tablet that was announced back then, it has had a hardware upgrade in the meantime.

The S II was originally supposed to get a 1GHz dual core system on chip but Samsung has already acknowledged that it will be shifting to a 1.2GHz model although it has declined to say whether it will be an Nvidia part or one of its own Exynos SoCs.

The rest of the specification matches the best handsets on the market; there's a 4.3-inch 800x480 pixels super AMOLED plus touchscreen, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, an 8-megapixel camera that can record full HD footage, a front facing one, Wi-Fi and more.

All for a rather impressive 116g and a chassis that's a whisker thinner than 8,5mm; Samsung has also tried to improve the existing interface by adding an entertainment hub and a live Panel that brings social networking accounts and a slew of other services together.

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