Australian mobile phone carrier Telstra is gearing up for the release of a 4G flavor of Samsung’s highly popular Galaxy S II smartphone, the latest reports on the matter suggest.Apparently, the wireless services provider has all things put in order for the launch of this mobile phone as soon as 27th of March arrives.
Telstra is also said to plan the addition of this new smartphone on its airwaves for no upfront cost on the $79 Cap, which includes 2GB of data, $800 cap credit and unlimited national texts.
Telstra already has a 4G LTE-capable smartphone available at the same price tag, namely HTC Velocity 4G.
However, the guys over at Ausdroid claim that this device might see a price drop in the coming weeks, most probably immediately after the new smartphone is made official.
The LTE-enabled Galaxy S II will arrive on shelves at Telstra with a different design when compared to the original device, including a larger battery that will offer extended usage times on Telstra’s network.
For those out of the loop, we should note that Samsung did launch an LTE-capable Galaxy S II smartphone last year, and that it also had it on display at the IFA show in Berlin.
The phone was launched with a 4.5-inch screen, along with a dual-core application processor clocked in at 1.2GHz, and with 1GB of RAM packed inside.
The smartphone also includes 16 GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot to expand it, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot, and the like.
On the back, the Galaxy S II LTE packs an 8-megapixel photo snapper, with support for HD video recording. There is also a 2MP camera on the front for making video calls.
When made available at Telstra, the handset will run under the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. However, it should be upgraded to the newer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS soon after that.