Samsung Planning May 5 Event With AT&T; New Phones?

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Last week, Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S II in its home country of Korea, followed by a European release over the weekend. That’s left many of us wondering when the dual-core Android will make its way to the States. We may be about to find out in just a few days, as Samsung and AT&T have sent out invitations for a press event to take place in New York City this Thursday, May 5.

While the invitations don’t give much at all away, simply promising that some product will be demoed for the crowd, the timing strongly suggests something in the way of Galaxy S II news. With its quad-band UMTS 3G support, there’s nothing stopping you from using one of the international models on AT&T, but the high cost of doing so will be prohibitive for many users, who’d much rather wait for a carrier-subsidized version.

Samsung’s recent trademark filings give us some clue as to what a Galaxy S II on AT&T might be called. We’ve seen the company move to secure the names Attain, Function, and Within. Just which, if any, will become the name for the smartphone in the States is anyone’s guess for now. We also may have seen signs that this phone just passed Wi-Fi Alliance certification, as the SGH-I927. The config docs Samsung hosts for this model make it look like a strong contender for a North American Galaxy S II.

The joint Samsung / AT&T event is scheduled for 4 p.m. on May 5. Check back with us then for an update on just what these companies had to show off, and if you can expect to see the Galaxy S II on AT&T in the near future.

Source: Wi-Fi Alliance

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!