Samsung to hold Galaxy S II launch event August 29

The Samsung Galaxy S II has been a hit over in Europe and smartphone junkies have been anxiously awaiting the Android-based phone to be launched here in the US. Now Samsung has apparently set a date for a special launch event in New York City for "a major project announcement", according to a new story at Engadget. While the announcement doesn't say flat out that the Galaxy S II is the product to be revealed, the "II" at the bottom of the invite is a pretty big clue.

While the phone might be making its US debut soon, it is already a big hit overseas. Recently Samsung stated that the phone has sold a total of 5 million units since it launched earlier this year in Europe, Japan, and Korea. The phone is running on Android 2.3, with a large 4.3 inch screen, a dual-core processor with speeds of 1.2 GHz, an eight megapixel camera in the back, a two megapixel camera in the front for video chat and more.

It's expected that all three top wireless carriers in the US will offer up their own version of the Samsung Galaxy S II but each company will give the phone a different name. Rumors have Verizon Wireless naming it the 'Samsung Function' while AT&T is supposed to name it it the 'Samsung Attain'. Sprint is supposed to put the Samsung Within label on the phone. There are also other rumors that a version of the Galaxy S II could run on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.

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