Galaxy S II LTE European Launch in Q2 2012
Samsung will be upgrading their flagship Android Gingerbread smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II, along with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 with an LTE chip the company recently announced, however it appears that said upgrade will not be happening this year, but will launched in the second quarter of 2012.
According to the guys over at Unwired View, along with the LTE chip, the Samsung Galaxy S II will also receive a CPU upgrade to a 1.5 GHz processor along with a larger 4.5-inch display, but apparently T-Mobile Germany representatives say T-Mobile will not be launching the upgraded Galaxy S II this year and it is unlikely any other European operator will do so either.
Apparently the reason for the delayed launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone is that T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network cannot yet handle voice calls, and the network will not be ready to do so for at minimum half a year.
Also the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE is currently a prototype and thus requires further work before the Android Gingerbread smartphone is ready for mass market.
However, on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE front, as the slate doesn’t require voice, the word is T-Mobile Germany plans on launching the Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE version sometime in December, of course that launch does depend on if the German courts decide not to include the LTE Galaxy Tab 8.9 in their country wide ban of Samsung gear.
The inclusion of the Samsung Galaxy Tab LTE could be a possibility as the courts have already come down on Apple side and banned Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and with Samsung recently removing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from their display at IFA in Berlin.
But as it stands currently the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE and Galaxy Tab 7.7 haven’t officially received a ban in Germany, although no doubt Apple will seek an injunction in the not too distant future.