April 6, 2011 | by Michael Heller
For a few seconds, it looked like the leaked Verizon roadmap would be right in having the Samsung Galaxy SII release in May, but then those hopes were dashed. At first, it was reported that the Galaxy SII had passed through the FCC as of two weeks ago, and there is even a pre-order page for the UK, which had the release date in May. All signs pointed to May, but then Samsung’s India branch tweeted that there is a global delay for the superphone.
There has been no official word on the cause of the delay, but early speculation has the reason being that Samsung decided to upgrade the CPU to a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor (likely their own Exynos CPU). Original spec sheets had specifically listed the CPU as 1 GHz, but newer releases don’t have a speed listed, which is further fueling this rumor.
Another strange thing is that the FCC filing only listed radio bands compatible with AT&T (and by extension many worldwide carriers), but not for any other major American carriers. The assumption is that Samsung will be releasing the device on all carriers as with the original Galaxy S, but we’ve yet to see the evidence beyond the Verizon roadmap.
I’d like to see how this rumored bump in CPU speed will effect overall performance. I’m sure when the Galaxy SII is out in the wild, we’ll see plenty of benchmark comparisons with the upcoming LG Revolution and Droid Bionic. Until then, it’s a little too hard to say whether this delay is worth it.
Apparently, Samsung India was wrong and everything is still on track.
Thanks for the tip RRao!