Back around the time of the CES, AT&T announced a handful of phones and tablets which it intended to release during the early months of 2012. Among those models was Samsung’s Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, a hardware-refreshed GS2 with a 720p display and support for AT&T’s nascent LTE network. A couple months later, we saw the FCC publish the phone’s certification paperwork, making it appear than progress towards its release was coming along swimmingly. Things have hit a snag, though, and Samsung has now confirmed that AT&T has abandoned its plans for the Android.
Samsung’s official statement paints this decision as a mutual one between the manufacturer and the carrier. Ryan Bidan, an ex-RIM employee now working as a Director of Product Marketing for Samsung, tells The Verge that AT&T had reconsidered the value of releasing the GS2SHD in the wake of Samsung’s Galaxy S III announcement. Honestly, that sounds perfectly reasonable, as while the Skyrocket HD might have found some good sales if it had been released back in January or February, it’s harder and harder to justify its release as we learn about more capable hardware month after month.
This news doesn’t directly confirm that AT&T will be among the US carriers to get the Galaxy S III when it arrives in the States this summer, but considering the context, we’d say it’s an exceptionally strong possibility.