It's always nice when a phone manufacturer does away with rumour and speculation and comes out with a concrete announcement - as Samsung has done today with the Galaxy S II.
Samsung's flagship superphone - that's one with a dual-core processor for those not in the know - will be available in the UK from 1 May "across all major networks and retailers." Buyers in the UK will be getting their hands on the version of the Galaxy S II with Samsung's own Exynos 4210 dual-core 1.2GHz processor. Last month it was revealed that because Samsung could not get its hands on enough Exynos processors to meet the expected demand for the phone, it would be shipping the Galaxy S II with nVidia's Tegra 2 processor to some parts of the globe.
The Gingerbread handset will be the first to ship with Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus technology. The 4.27in display has a resolution of 800 x 480 and considering how good the Super AMOLED display on the original Galaxy S was, we will be hoping for great things from this display. The phone has an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture as well as a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling. It will come with HSPA , Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi while some versions of the Galaxy S II will have NFC built-in.
With competition in this sector hotting-up, Samsung will be hoping that it will be able to compete with the other super phones in the shape of the LG Optimus 2X and the Motorola Atrix. We've no pricing yet for the Galaxy S II, but we will let you know when we hear more.
Update: s ii&searchtype=allproducts&searchsource=0&urlrefer=search Play.com is listing the Galaxy S II on sale for £499.99 but has a release date slated for 6 May, which is a few days later than the official release. We await to hear from carriers regarding their pricing.