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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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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.