AT&T Announces the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Nov. 6 for $249.99


Many were wondering if the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE would make it to the states, and we now have the answer in the form of an early Monday press release from AT&T. The handset with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and 1.5GHz dual-core processor will come to the carrier as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Other specs include an 8MP camera with 1080p video captures and 16GB of on-board storage.

The Skyrocket will go on sale November 6th and will be one of AT&T’s pricier models, $249.99 on a two-year contract. It’s no Samsung Galaxy Nexus in terms of software, but it does best that device in some areas. Screen technology is an upgrade (though lower resolution) and the clock speed of the processor is increased. See the announcement below for more info.

Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket™
Lightning fast reflexes powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and AT&T 4G LTE speeds make the Galaxy S II Skyrocket faster for Web browsing and all your favorite apps. A Super AMOLED Plus display spanning 4.5-inches is the brightest, most colorful screen on the market.

  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display(800×480 pixels)
  • Android Gingerbread (2.3.5)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, with 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 16 GB of on-board memory, microSD expandable to an additional 32 GB

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket will arrive in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online Nov. 6 for $249.99 with a two-year commitment.

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  1. This is going to piss a lot of people off…

    1. I am pissed off. I have had the phone around 3 weeks and they pull this shit? Who in their right mind wouldn’t be pissed. At&t KNEW they were releasing a product that was already outdated with the intention of dumping stock product that they probably screwed up getting released on time. Mine is going back and they can suck it if they think I’m paying restock fees. I’ll use the aria for a week and jump ship. Rotten business practice.

      1. I can’t take seriously when named terdfergeson lol

        1. I can. His name is brilliant.

      2. Buyers remorse period. You have 30 days if you bought it from an authorized retailer. Just needs to be in perfect condition.

  2. LOL. This is reminiscent of when T-Mobile released the Samsung Vibrant and then later the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, promptly for all intents and purposes dropping support of the Vibrant (stuck on 2.2). As a poor sap myself (Vibrant owner) I feel sorry for all those poor saps who purchased the SGS 2 (Attain).

    1. Man and this is 10x more insulting considering it was only 5 weeks in between. AT&T could have had the decency to announce both Variants at the same time and give people the option…

      I guess AT&T and Decency don’t belong in the same sentence together.

      1. Agreed. Considering it was 7 months in between the release of the Vibrant and SGS 4G with minimal differences (FFC and HSPA+ modem), it pales in comparison.

  3. man i feel sorry for those people who already but the current
    samsung galaxy s 2… if i were one of them.. i would be pissed

    1. as i saw commented in other blog this morning….srsly how many cities are people going to get this in?

      also, is Samsung providing an on/off switch for LTE? (i’m asking this more for when the nexus comes out, actually… haha)

      1. Settings>Mobile Networks>System selection>CDMA mode

    2. Yeah, those poor suckers with the phone of the year. Wtf were they thinking. Those suckers still have a great phone, and probably are happy with it.

  4. Actually I was thinking this is going to make a lot of AT&T people happy finally. They actually get a nice Android phone with LTE. How many people actually bought the non-LTE version anyway?? As a percentage of AT&T users, I would imagine that’s pretty small.

  5. How can people be mad? They bought what they wanted when it was released. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that a newer, better phone would eventually come out. This is like buying a 2011 model car only to have the 2012 models show up a month later at a 20% cost increase.

    1. “Eventually”

      A year used to be eventually. 6 months is now pretty common, cool. Now with 5 weeks being “eventually” that’s just inconsiderate for buyers not to be informed that a “better”(I’ll use that term loosely) version is also ALREADY built and boxed and will be on shelves in just 6 weeks.

      I just call it bad practice.

      1. A bunch of people with Buyer’s Remorse. 5 weeks ago you loved your phone. Now you don’t because something better comes out. GUESS WHAT????? With Android, something new will be out every couple of weeks. You had a choice to buy it with a discount or buy it out right. I am sure you bought it under contract. If you bought it at retail, you can sell, take the loss, and buy a new one at retail.

        Don’t blame others for your poor personal choices. If the SGS2 came to VZW, I would be using it now and not whining about it.

        1. An endless argument.

        2. I kind of get where your coming from on this but at the same time, I dont. I understand that something new and amazing is right around the corner. But the Samsung Galaxy SII had this huge fan fare and on and on. Me coming from an iPhone I was taken by the GSII, I think it is a shit move on AT&T part as well as Samsung. I had no clue a device like this was less than a month away, I would have waited.

        3. this isn’t exactly an upgrade.

          the clock speed might be increased, but it’s using an inferior processor. The clock speed means it will be just as fast as the GS2, but it will consume more battery, especially when you consider the bigger screen and LTE and create problems when considering dev community

    2. Exactly….you are a smart guy

    3. Your failing to see the point. Its not that the better specs make the Original GSII any less of a phone but 5 weeks in between a phone release from the same company on the same carrier is just outright retarded. Not to mention your analogy is just dumb. A car is 30 times the cost of a phone so people almost never buy a new one anyway. Its not that a better phone came out its that a better phone came out a month later, AT&T should have never even had the GSII if they were getting this superior model or like someone stated below they should have announced them together.

    4. The problem isn’t necessarily buyer’s remorse. At&t and Samsung have to devote less time to the first GSII. So updates are slower, more bugs, less accessories, etc.

  6. I literally just bought a GS 2 from ebay two days ago. I can’t believe this.

  7. GSII from att seem more like a world phone. Samsung Galaxy S II LTE seems more dedicated for ATT’s LTE. beside that, what’s the different in actual speed between HSPA+ and LTE?? LTE from verizon that i have is getting 15-20Mbps download and 6-7 Mbps up at best in the Long Island, NY Region

  8. So I’ll be copping this or the galaxy nexus… If the nexus has LTE too on at&t then I will more than likely get that.

    1. You must live in Texas. No one else needs LTE I hear.

      1. I’m in Dallas. If I don’t hear something soon about the nexus coming to at&t. Or at least US unlocked at a reasonable price soon, I guess I’m getting this one.

  9. I would love the HTC Vivid. but what’s the point in buying the phone if LTE is only in TEXAS? Kinda a rip off you ask me when they only have one state with LTE service

    1. So you think they are done rolling out LTE? My next phone will be LTE. It’s called try to future proof your phone. You might not have LTE at the moment, but you might in 6 months. Then you’ll bitch that you should have bought the LTE phone. I thought they had LTE in Chicago. Guess I heard wrong. ATT is rolling out LTE to Boston, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Athens GA on Nov. 6 also. That’s why LTE isn’t a rip off.

      1. Tell that to the people who bought a WiMax device that never saw 4G. Not to say this is apples to apples, because there were major warning signs about WiMax from the get-go, but still…

  10. Man what the fuck is going on? These companies don’t give a rats ass about bring out the best technology to their customers. I’ll be piss if i had brought the first galaxy s2. Then came out with some shit like this only one and a half months later.

  11. So does this mean that At&t is not pushing to get the Galaxy Nexus??

  12. UGH. Did it keep the exynos processor or switch to the same Snapdragon used by TMobile SGS2? Another resolution for the same model? Did it cut the FM radio? I don’t trust them carriers anymore…

    And will the first gen AT&T LTE be untuned power hogs like it was for Verizon?

    1. The Tmobile GSII only had that snapdragon because the exynos is incompatible with their 42mbps HSPA+ network. Of course that is a crock because no one will ever even see those speeds anyway.

  13. I would still take the exynos sgs2 over this. Lte is alright but if I was on at&t i wouldn’t be mad if i got an sgs2

  14. I was hoping they would also include the 1280x720p resolution display and NFC. Basically the Galaxy S II HD we heard about.

  15. Does this have snapdragon in it? If so how does it stack up to the original 1.2 SGS2?

  16. Well I would be less pissed of considering, 4G is available in only 5 cities right now for AT&T

  17. Hey guys, you realize you can return the phone within 30 days, right? And swap with a new one. There’s a restocking fee but what are you gonna do.
    Since this phone hasn’t even been out 30 days yet I’m assuming everyone can still do this.

  18. I think this is a pretty greasy move. Only a month later and they release the same phone with LTE. Granted, the S2 is still top of the line but who wouldn’t rather have the potential of LTE? By only a year into your contract with a regular S2, 4G will be everywhere, and you will be pissed.

  19. Is it an exynos or a Qualcomm chip?

  20. Restocking fee + $249.99= win

  21. A month later galaxy nexus on ATT. Yeah.

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