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Last Updated: August 30th, 2011

After months of anticipation, we are now finally on the verge of the Galaxy S II launch in the U.S. Yesterday's events now have us strongly convinced that the first variant of the Galaxy S II, most likely on Sprint (as the recently approved by the FCC Epic Touch 4G, if you remember), will be launching Friday, September 9th, 2011.

Clue #1

First, today we received a tip from a trusted source inside Sprint, putting the 9/9/11 date on the radar with a very high probability. The source has always been reliable in the past, and the only way I see the scenario not playing out would be if between now and the 9th Sprint cancelled the launch and pushed off the release date.

Clue #2

The second clue surfaced in Samsung's own "It'll be Big in America" video yesterday, though it went unnoticed for most of the day until two of our eagle-eyed readers - Samdroid and Scott Gustas - brought it to our attention. Take a look at one of the last frames in the video announcing the S2 for the U.S.:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUinl4Wclr4#t=49s

See anything curious? If "Friday, 09/09," which matches September 9th perfectly, isn't a hint pointing to the release, then, well... I will lose a huge bet against myself.

Clue #3

Independently confirming our Sprint source from the 1st clue, SprintFeed received a similar bit of info from their own sources also mentioning September 9th. The source went even further to state that Sprint would be the first carrier of the big four to launch the S II. Since their report arrived before Samsung's video in the 2nd clue, it looks to be spot on.

We should hopefully have some more solid information in the next few days regarding the release, but if Samsung and all the carriers somehow manage to remain mum, we should have official confirmations coming out August 29th from Samsung's NYC event.

Artem Russakovskii
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  • http://androidpolice.com jselt

    when is it going to hit Verizon?

  • roca

    the sgs2 hasnt been launched there yet? i hail from the phillipines and i ran into an SGS2 with the AT&T logo on it and instead of a home button it had the 4 standard android buttons.

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

      Nope, nada here yet.

    • Steven

      That's probably the Samsung Infuse.

  • Phestor

    This makes me giddy. As well as SUPER EXCITED!

  • aj

    Interesting, sounds like it'll be Sept 9th!

  • tommy

    It also has Kansas city as the weather, which is where sprints headquarters are at

    • Chris M

      Well - Overland Park is really where Sprints HQ are - Not KC per se.

      • Tommy

        Overland Park is a suburb of Kansas City.....

    • engineerGA

      Wow, nice catch on that one! I never pay attention to the locations in these screen shots.

  • Elvis

    I thought Verizon was supposed to get the first galaxy s2 phone :o

    • L boogie

      Funny I was thinking the same thing, verizon was suppose to have it the day before but if other phones (bionic, charge, t-bolt) couldn't be released on time, why should this be any different... Only consolation would be this beast of a phone should rock 4g/lte

    • Tommy

      Well, if the 9th is the release date. Verizon probably didn't want to release two superphones in the same timeframe.

      • L boogie

        good point tommy, hopefully this would be the genesis of super phones for verizon cause they're severely late to the party

  • Wr3ck

    We will always remember.... too soon???

  • Cory

    BELL has been selling in in Ontario for a few weeks now. My buddy got one Yesterday - it makes my Galaxy s feel like an Atari circa 1980. Maybe I could use mine as a paper weight once I upgrade!

  • Publius

    Oh great. So all two people still using Sprint get to have it first. #fail

    • Artem

      Wow, you are pretty clueless, aren't you?

      • Publius

        I don't think I'm clueless, no. Less likely to read someone who tosses about insults to his readers? Probably.

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

          Clueless is not an insult - it is an observation about an obvious troll. Sprint is one of the top 4 carriers in the U.S. There are millions of people using it. It helped propel Android forward with the EVO. It is the last major carrier to have truly unlimited data. I would understand your comment about some Parrot Cellular or something similar, but not Sprint.

          So again, I am not out to insult you on a personal level but your trolling called for a response.

    • bk w/ bloody sauce

      so that is me and who is the other? :P

  • NCX

    Dont forget about the Sprint Visual Voicemail icon.