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Boosted Galaxy S II Celox to Rival Droid Bionic if in US

August 11, 2021 | Debbie Turner

One of the upcoming smartphones that we’ve written most about has been the Motorola Droid Bionic, expected to be released on Verizon next month. Another handset that’s received a lot of attention is the Samsung Galaxy S II, or S2, which has yet to see a US release but is rumored for launch this month. However a couple of days ago we heard details of a new Samsung handset which seems like a boosted Galaxy S II, the Celox, and it looks as though if it were released in the US it could definitely rival the Droid Bionic.

The thing that stands out about the Celox, which has been revealed so far in Korea is that it is a 4G LTE handset and the prospect of an LTE enhanced Galaxy S II is one that would interest many Verizon and AT&T customers stateside. Even better is that the new Celox has improved specs over the Galaxy S II that is available in some regions and will be available in the US, with a larger battery, screen and processor than the US carrier variants expected so far.

Now, the one snag about the Celox so far is that it’s not yet known if it will come to the US and because it includes 800MHz LTE support rather than the 700MHz favored by Verizon and AT&T, many doubt it will appear. However it’s altogether possible that Samsung could make the necessary changes for a stateside release of the Celox LTE. Of course those of you who’ve been waiting for the Motorola Droid Bionic will already know that this is a 4G LTE handset. which will be one of its biggest selling points but what if it was to come up against an improved Galaxy S II with 4G LTE handset, the Celox LTE? Specs-wise the Droid Bionic and Celox are both hugely impressive and very much a match for each other so let’s take a look at what they offer.

The Celox includes a 4.5-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, a step up on the 4.3-inch of the Galaxy S II we’ve known so far and a larger 1750mAh battery compared to the smaller S II’s 1650mAH. It also has 16GB of internal memory expandable with microSD by another 32GB, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facer and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. According to Carl Bagh of International Business Times it will also rock a huge 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor, capable of 16-megapixel camera support, as opposed to the 1.2GHZ processor of the current Galaxy S II.

So far 4G LTE competition for the Droid Bionic looked fairly limited and we recently told how the iPhone 5 for example, when it eventually arrives, is now unlikely to support 4G LTE. Rumored specs for the Bionic so far are a 1.2GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP processor, a huge 1930mAh battery and an 8-megapixel camera and like the Celox it will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However International Business Times states an expected 4.5-inch qHD display, which was widely rumored while we recently told how FCC documentation just released tells us the screen size will be 4.3-inches as originally thought.

Of course as we mentioned earlier for now this is conjecture as it’s not known whether the Celox is US-bound but the thought is sure to have a lot of people salivating and might place some doubt in those who had already decided to opt for the Bionic. It would certainly be interesting to see which phone would realize more sales, the Bionic or Celox. Let us know your thoughts on this. Might you wait to see if the Celox will head stateside for the chance of a bumped up Galaxy S II with LTE or will you be sticking with the Droid Bionic? Let us know with your comments.

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