Earlier this week we found out about a supposed Galaxy S II variant rocking a slide-out QWERTY that was said to be on its way to AT&T. Needless to say, most people were not happy about the addition of a keyboard -- and with good reason. Why ruin one of the thinnest smartphones on the planet by adding a physical keyboard?

Guess what? They didn't.

As it turns out, that wasn't a Galaxy S II variant at all, but a completely different handset that is headed to Ma Bell. BGR, the site credited with the initial leak, is now reporting that there was a bit of confusion due to the model number of the leaked handset - SGH-i927 - which was previously associated with the Galaxy S II line, but now appears have been recycled by Sammy for this new device.


There is another curiosity associated with this handset as well: the kernel. You see, this device appears to be running kernel version, which, in all actuality, is a Honeycomb kernel.

Curiosities aside, this is pretty good news for AT&T customers, as the GSII will retain its currently sleek physique, but those who were really looking forward to a physical QWERTY will get their just desserts, too.

See, all that kerfuffle was for nothing.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Elvis

    Love how people label their stuff to get more hits lol... can't argue with results I guess haha

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      What are you talking about?

  • ?

    Oh thank god I hate keyboards, I always get dust in them and they stop working.

  • Killbox

    So much keyboard hate out there. I find them really handy, lots of our systems at work have obscure awkward passwords, and onscreen i fumble finger them way too much! I wont buy a phone without one until something better than onscreen keyboarding comes about.

    • Peter

      Keyboards really are great. I don't see how people prefer a phone without them. Virtual keyboards are so bad for anything more than 5 words.

      I hope this at least has similar specs and is worth upgrading to from my Desire Z. I'll also have to pay $15/month more for the smartphone 2GB data plan versus $10 dumbphone data plan since my Desire Z is not recognized by the system.

      • Codexx

        Worse, people prefer their phone being thin over functionality. Umm...no. Bigger batteries and keyboards, please. I don't mind the heft at all. Thicken it up as much as you need to, please.

  • Chris

    I got the Epic with the keyboard so I could play NES games easier on it...next phone I'll probably just make sure it's an HTC so the Wii remote can sync up.

    • OniKyanAE86

      I'm with you, I have had the Epic since it came out and it has been one of the best phones I have had. I have been running Gingerbread on mine for the past two months and it makes a lot of improvements to it. The keyboard is very handy and is really good for emulators. I even found an awesome gamepad overlay that clips onto the Epic's keyboard for better gameplay from http://www.game-gripper.com. This phone in this article is coming to Sprint as the Epic 2 4G somewhere around September/October and by Christmas time the Galaxy 2 3D.

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com Silver Fang

    I can't understand why anyone would want a phone without a keyboard. As someone who loves touch typing, I find such a thing inconceivable.

    • GraveUypo

      more "moving parts" = more fragile, gathers more dust, more parts to fail, thicker, etc etc. theres a lot of reasons NOT to like a physical keyboard on a phone. its not even that useful.

      i do understand those who do like them tho. i'm kind grey about it: i actually like to have a physical keyboard as long as the phone is not made too thick because of it (which never happens). that's the last thing in my checklist when looking for a phone though.

  • BB

    Hooray!! I was a bit disappointed with the kb. It wasn't going to deter me from getting it, but happy to know I don't have to!

  • Andrew / Des Moines

    I will gladly eat crow for all the horrible things I said about AT&T. To pay my dues, I will state the following:
    - network equal to verizon from my experience (3 yrs on verizon, 1 recently on AT&T), they have made good headway here.
    - excellent customer service, phone and web.
    - lower bill with at&t (2 smart, 2 regular) compared to verizon (4 regular).

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I hate physical keyboards - glad the SGS2 is not mutilated by it.

  • Paul

    Damn. I hope it has the same if not better specs than the Galaxy SII because I really value a keyboard but I valued the Galaxy S2 specs over that so was going to go with the SGS2 even if it didn't have a keyboard. But if this has equiv or better specs than the SGSII then I'll get this phone instead.

  • Paul

    Any more info on this phone? What's it called, when it will be released, specs, etc? I may hold off on the SGSII for this phone if it's right around the corner.