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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 (opens in new tab) and Expansys.com (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.