May, 16 2011

We all knew this was coming, folks – the Samsung Galaxy S2 is headed to the United States. And it’s most likely coming to all major carriers and maybe even a couple of smaller ones. What we didn’t know was a timeframe, names, or any other details aside from a general idea of what to expect beneath the hood.

PocketNow has uncovered evidence of names for at least three of the United States’ carriers, though – AT&T’s will be called the Samsung Galaxy S II Attain, Sprint’s will be called the Samsung Galaxy S II Within and Verizon’s will be called the Samsung Galaxy S II Function. The names sound quite odd to me, but they could just be codenames. (Don’t take my word for it.) Notably missing, of course, is T-Mobile.

And their names aren’t even the real story here. The news comes to us via an accessory detail and said accessory is said to be interchangeable between these three phones – it looks like customization will be little, if any, above the surface. Are the carriers reluctant to differentiate their hardware from one another to facilitate quicker updates? Or was it Samsung who urged them to take on the same form factor?

In any case, news about the Galaxy S II’s United States launch couldn’t get here soon enough. Samsung had us save a date for New York City on May 24th. Many believe it’s a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch event, but don’t rule the possibility of a Galaxy S II reveal out.