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Price Of Samsung Galaxy S II Drops To £498

The price of the Samsung Galaxy S II has fallen to just under £498 in the UK for the 16GB unlocked model, well under the £600 or so that the handset initially commanded.

Unlocked-mobiles.com (opens in new tab) is the retailer selling the Galaxy S II at that price and as far as we can see, it is a genuine deal.

The phone (opens in new tab) comes with a dual core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos system on chip, possibly not the 4210. We also heard that some models might actually come with an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset.

The Samsung Galaxy S II, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, will be launched on the 1st of May in the UK and in Korea one week before.

The phone comes with a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus WVGA screen, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Near Field Communication, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, an eight-megapixel camera with a two-megapixel front facing one, and weighs a mere 116g.

What's more at 8.9mm, it is one of the thinnest handsets on the planet and has already been confirmed on T-Mobile, Orange, O2 and Vodafone.

The Galaxy S II will be facing some tough competition from the likes of the Google Nexus S, the LG Optimus 2X and 3D, the Motorola Atrix and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, all of which are either already available or will go on sale over the next few weeks.

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.