Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Stirs – Now Official: Will Verizon Carry It?

Well, well, this is interesting news for a Sunday, especially for Verizon customers who had wanted the Samsung Galaxy S II and were bitterly disappointed at the news a few days ago that Verizon would not be carrying it. It seems that Samsung has chosen to make the Galaxy S II LTE version official and that is news that many were waiting to hear about. It’s also possible that Verizon may be carrying this Galaxy S II with 4G LTE.

Only yesterday we published a post showing all the US carrier variants of the Galaxy S II pictured together, the Epic Touch 4G for Sprint, the Hercules for T-Mobile and Attain for AT&T. Noticeably absent was the Verizon version that had been dubbed The Function. In that same article we also told how the big product launch for the Galaxy S II in the US, due to take place in NYC, had been moved to Tuesday August 30 instead of August 29 because of Hurricane Irene. If you were waiting to hear more about any of the Galaxy S II carrier variants, this latest news could really stir things up and you might want to consider waiting instead for the 4G LTE version.

We also mentioned that there was speculation that another Samsung handset with very similar specs to the Galaxy S II would head to Verizon instead of the Galaxy S II, but now we’re wondering if in fact it may be this LTE variant. News of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE being made official came to us from Terence O’Brien over on Engadget, where you can also see the Samsung press release. As well as the Galaxy S II LTE smartphone, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablet is also announced.

The Galaxy S II LTE has been stepped up to a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and also has a larger 4.5-inch display. Ten days ago we told of a teaser for Samsung’s Unpacked event at IFA in Berlin on September 1, which suggested a 4G LTE Galaxy S II would be on the cards and Samsung confirms that we will be hearing more about both the Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE at IFA in Berlin.

You may also remember we told readers about a Samsung Galaxy S II variant with LTE in Korea, the Celox, which we later heard may be the Verizon variant. That seemed to be blown out of the water when we heard Verizon would not be carrying the Galaxy S II, but maybe the Big Red is to carry the 4G LTE variant after all? Maybe Verizon was in fact being very literally accurate by saying it wasn’t carrying the Galaxy S II but knew all the time it would carry the Galaxy S II LTE!

Chris Smith over on TFTS also tells of the announcement about the Galaxy S II LTE and notes the obvious candidates to carry this Android smartphone would be Verizon and AT&T. There is no pricing or release date yet for the 4G LTE Galaxy S II or Tab 8.9 but we’ll be keeping you informed with further developments as we hear them, expected in the next few days. You may also be interested in an article we posted earlier today about how the Motorola Droid Bionic was likely to see bonanza sales with the lack of a Galaxy S II on Verizon, but of course this news has now added an extra twist to that story.

We’d like to hear your thoughts about the 4G LTE Galaxy S II becoming a reality. Had you already made up your mind to purchase the standard Galaxy S II and now have to reconsider? Would you rather hang on for the Galaxy S II LTE even if it means a longer wait? Are you a Verizon customer hoping that the carrier will be getting its hands on the LTE Galaxy S II? Let us know with your comments.

  • http://twitter.com/josephfrazier3 Joe

    What a game, I am embarrassed that Verizon and Samsung are playing it and mortified that I am playing right along. I want to tell then to get real and myself to get a life, and yet i drool over every new feed….Yucch if they don’t stop soon my self-loathing will prevent me from purchasing anything, and what self respect I can scrape together will be used to purchase…iphone5 LTE

    • Debbie Turner

      Far from being embarrassed at least your reply made me smile Joe. I suspect you, me and many others are all caught up in the same game! Thanks for reading.