It’s been a long time coming, but Samsung is finally ready to bring its Galaxy S II phone to the United States. To mark the occasion the company is holding an event on Tuesday night at its Samsung Experience store in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle.
The store has been turned into a giant advertisement for the device, though the phones themselves remain covered in black linen ahead of the event, which should kick off around 6:30 Eastern Time. The product, though, is not much of a mystery, with millions of the devices having already been sold in Europe and Asia.
In the meantime, details are starting to roll in, Sprint says it will sell its version as the Epic 4G Touch for $199 starting Sept. 16. T-Mobile said it will have a version in the fall, while Samsung says AT&T will also have a version this fall.
3:17 pm: Music still playing, but releases are out, so I will summarize some of the details.
3:18 pm: OK, let’s see, the basics are no surprise — 8-megapixel rear camera, nifty Super Amoled Plus screen etc.
One thing that is sure to please users and irk Apple lawyers — the Galaxy S II can take a screen shot by holding down the home and power buttons, which if I am not mistaken is how a certain fruit company does the same thing.
3:20 pm: There’s some enterprise specific features to go along with all the consumer stuff: encryption, support for ActiveSync, Cisco VPN, Sybase mobile device management software and Cisco’s WebEx mobile conferencing.
3:22 pm: What else? Lots of media features including DLNA and HDMI for getting content from phone to the living room as well as software for wirelessly transferring content from a PC or Mac.
3:23 pm: The phone itself has 16GB of memory with a card slot for adding up to 32GB more via microSD. There are some accessories, including an HDMI dock for connecting to the TV, a vehicle dock and a charger that comes with a spare battery.
3:25 pm: The event itself will start in 5 minutes, we are told. That said, not sure how much will be left to be said.
3:25 pm: As you will note, the device is coming to AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, but not Verizon.
3:30 pm: Samsung’s spokesman notes the build-up to Tuesday’s event — earthquakes and hurricanes.
Introduces new Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung’s US mobile arm, Todd Pendleton. (Pendleton came from Nike)
“This phone is the phone that all phones will be measured against in the future,” Pendleton said. Again, I think the folks in Cupertino (and frankly lots of other places) would dispute that.
3:33 pm: Nick DiCarlo, a VP for the U.S. arm is ticking off the various features — 1080P video, bigger battery, latest Gingerbread version of Android and a redesigned version of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.
3:35 pm: DiCarlo promises it will be the thinnest phone on all three networks it is launching on. “This will pass anyone’s pocket test,” he said.
3:37 pm: On to the services capabilities, starting with some of the enterprise features I mentioned earlier.