Whoosh - looks like we can take the report of upgrades to the already impressive Galaxy S II and the upcoming Tab 8.9 from the rumor bucket and place it carefully on top of the confirmed stack. In fact, the rumor was not only spot-on regarding everything Samsung just officially announced, it even had more information that Samsung didn't cover, which means some details will keep the rumor tag until we find out more.


Galaxy S II LTE

First up, the Galaxy S II LTE (hilariously misspelled as LITE in the official blog post in one place - it's anything but lite) is not only gaining an LTE radio, it's indeed getting bumped from 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz - still dual-core, of course.

The screen size is growing by 0.2" to 4.5", which could seem a bit too big to some of you. However, just like going to a 4.3" was a bit of a shock to two of my five senses for the first couple of days (I now can't go to anything lower than 4.3"), I'm sure the 4.5" will just take a little time getting used to.

The camera and OS specs remain the same - 8MP and Android 2.3, and, unfortunately, there is no official confirmation on the rumored NFC and the beefier battery at this time.

If this is not the most powerful phone on the planet, at least until the Nexus Prime is here, then I don't know what is (but feel free to tell me).


Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 news is pretty boring, actually. All we now know is that an LTE variant will also be released. However, there is no confirmation that the new LTE device will be 1.5GHz, or what other upgrades we can expect. Both Engadget and our previous rumor indicate the speed boost is indeed there, but I can't seem to find it anywhere in the information Samsung released.


Now the question of the day (month? Year?) is: will the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S II sport these updated specs (sans LTE for Sprint and T-Mobile, obviously)?

If the new models indeed have NFC, the FCC report of an AT&T Galaxy S II with NFC onboard from July immediately jumps to mind. And then there's the 4.5" Samsung Hercules for T-Mobile and Samsung's slogan for the U.S. launch being "It's Big In America"... you see where I'm going with this?

Source: Samsung Tomorrow - official Samsung blog

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  • http://yash1229.wordpress.com Yash Bhatia

    I guess the people who bought a SGS2 just now are gonna be crying. :P

    • tehsusenoh

      Yep. And then the people who buy this will be crying when the Prime releases.

      • Zomby2D

        And those people will be crying when something more powerful gets out a few months later... There's always something bigger and better around the corner. At some point you make a choice and learn to live with it.

        • Jon Garrett

          like trying to decide what to do with my iPhone 4. I sooo want an Android phone but I don't know which one to choose.

          I want one that will make me NOT want an iPhone 5., I dont want to regret my choice.

          somebody help me choose please.

      • TA

        The Prime is pentile and might be limited to Verizon. Pass.

    • fareed

      Nobody would cry if this phone is out so what? Sg2 can be clocked to 1,5ghz without any problem. so yeah no big deal id stay loyal to my sg2 love it and living with it.

  • Javier Ortiz

    What about the Millet Phone MI-ONE 1.5 Dual core and 1950mah of battery... And dual recovery, dual ROM support ;) The screen is just Samsung's magic so I wont even get ther!

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

      Ah, you're right, but it's only in China at the moment, and I'm not sure I'd go for a first-gen device vs Samsung's juggernaut with a gorgeous screen.

      • Mart

        If you are going to criticise spelling ... then better check your own: it's "hilariously misspelled" ... -LY!!

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

          I... I don't know what you're talking about :P

  • http://twitter.com/benmarvin Ben Marvin

    So the SGS2 now matches the speed of the Qualcomm MDP MSM8660. The Sammy clearly has a better display, but the MDP has more megapixels in the camera. Also, the MDP is pretty useless as a phone, it just looks good on paper.

    • Tommy

      Megapixels don't equal a better camera.

      • Stocklone

        Same thing with screens. A crappy qHD pentile screen is still crappy.

        But yeah I would take a quality 5MP over a crappy 8MP. You're going to get way better shots. It's much better to look at color reproduction and low light response than megapixels. I wish marketing would use that to sell phones instead of MP.

  • Tommy

    I was guessing that the all the screens on the US version were going to get a bump to 4.5". I am just hoping the 1.5 dual core is exynos....

  • franco

    Your right about the screen size of the phone.I went from a nokia 5800 to a sgs and at first thought i wanted to know why i got such a huge brick,but within days i loved it and wouldn go back.
    I would be happy with the lte version since there are ppl out there that want an up too date phone but without too much bulk specs.
    I think the lte would be just right too help introduce new users too the world of android.

  • J Rush

    Texas is in America. So when the GSII comes to America, which also includes Texas, it translates to: Everything is bigger in America. Thus getting a 4.5 edition of GSII instead of 4.3.

    This was totally random. Just what I had on my mind at the moment I read the article.

  • Adryan

    YEah buddy. The food,cars, now phones, and of course people are bigger in texas