T-Mobile Didn’t Show Galaxy S II Device Because Of Processor Changes?

While I expressed a great deal of disappoint that T-Mobile didn’t show off their Galaxy S II device last night at the Samsung Press Event, I clearly wasn’t alone. A number of sites have begun speculating and all seemingly agreeing on the “real” reason T-Mobile wasn’t keen to show off their own version.

Both the AT&T and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S II have the Samsung Exynos 4210 processor inside and the AT&T version, like the European counterpart can hop onto HSPA+ networks but only to the speed of 21Mbps. T-Mobile who has previously been rumored to want to bump up the speed capability of their own Galaxy S II device to 42Mbps has likely forced Samsung to stuff a competitors solution into their flagship phone.

This all being said, we expect that when someone finally gets a chance to tear open a Samsung Galaxy S II of the T-Mobile kind, they will discover some Qualcomm love inside. The Qualcomm Snapdragon processor would provide the 42Mbps requested speeds when paired with Qualcomm’s MDM8220 modem which will also likely be found inside the T-Mobile GSII variant.

During yesterday’s press event we should emphasize that Samsung was careful only to say that the T-Mobile model was dual-core and did not confirm or deny the presence of the Exynos chip inside. The Intel XMM6260 modem that is found in the European models of the GSII and likely the AT&T version as well will top out at 21Mbps HSPA+ speeds.

So there you go, while we are still hugely disappointed that we didn’t get to see a whole lot of hands on and video time there might actually be a good reason that T-Mobile didn’t want to show off the device. I’ll gladly take 42Mbps capability over a few minutes of hands on time, how about you?

Thisismynext; Anandtech

P.S. Check out the pictures of TmoNews up on the AT&T version of the Galaxy S II. Thanks Aaron!

 

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  • http://twitter.com/fucksarcasm Trill.

    As Ive said before, if this turns out to be true, off to Sprint I go.

    Youre meaning to tell me, the phone which Ive been waiting on since July finally gets released in the US and it wont even have the Exynos chipset? Yeah, chipmunk that shit. 

    • Raul

      idk where u r but where i am sprint sucks balls… Tmo n ATT are great here in Atlanta, GA

    • Raul

      idk where u r but where i am sprint sucks balls… Tmo n ATT are great here in Atlanta, GA

  • Neoprimal

    While the faster 4G is great, I prefer the much quicker Exynos than the 1.2Ghz Snapdragon. I rarely use my 4G and while I do very much appreciate it when I do, I’m quite happy with what I get from the MT4G. My goal in getting an upgrade is really raw power. If they couldn’t do Exynos then the least they could have done was stick the Snapdragon S3 1.4 or 1.5Ghz in there. 

    If it’s really the 1.2Ghz system then this phone is in effect not much different in terms of performance than the Sensation 4G. It’d be a ‘screen upgrade’ from the Sensation 4G. If that’s the case I’ll definitely just wait on the Nexus Prime or whatever’s coming in Q4 2011.

    • Kevinmarchibald

      If T-Mobile gets the Nexus Prime and it’s also HSPA+ 42, does that mean it will also have to use a Snapdragon (maybe the 1.5Ghz you mention)? I think I read somewhere that the HSPA+ 42 radio could be made to work with the Exynos SoC, but for certification time reasons, T-Mobile may have went with the Qualcomm SoC for the SG2/Hercules. Maybe that’s not the case with the Nexus Prime, I don’t know. Would you still be interested in the Nexus Prime on T-Mobile if it used a faster Snapdragon, or would you switch to Verizon and the Droid Prime which may use the Exynos plus LTE?

      • Neoprimal

        I don’t really know what to expect with TMo and the Nexus Prime. The greatest allure would be that it was released hopefully with later technology and Android 4.0, and that it’s a so-called Google phone so it’d be the quickest to get updates, though I must say I have come to appreciate the measly Sense version on the MT4G. I know in myself that I don’t have the patience to wait until 2012 to pick up a new phone so for now, this is all I have to look forward to until I hear of more alternatives. I would switch to it if it had the 1.5 Snapdragon.

        I wouldn’t switch to Verizon and I’m not the type of customer to switch based on buying a type of phone. I’m happy with TMobile, I’ve been happy with them. I can’t say what the future holds under ATT ownership, maybe then it would at least be in the cards though I’d rather deal with Sprint or one of the cheapies (Boost, Straight Talk, Virgin, etc) if I HAD to switch to CDMA anyway. I don’t need the newest phone, I just want something fast and I’m getting there. The MT4G is pretty quick but not ‘there’ as I expect these coming phones to be. Once that’s achieved, I’m sure even the cheapy carriers will get them and I won’t care about being on one of the big four (unless their service is bad). 

        I’ve always preferred GSM. I travel and I like that I can pop in a prepaid sim into whatever GSM phone I use. Verizon phones, even world phones are locked and must use Verizon roaming (afaik, maybe this is not true?, but it’s what I’ve been told by VZ customers). Also, Verizon data is preposterously expensive at $30 for 2GB WITH overages…that’s of course just my opinion. I think they will only raise these rates as the U.S relies more on cell data for everyday things as that seems to be their trend. Faster data at higher prices for lower amounts – that’s sure to bite people eventually.

  • Neoprimal

    While the faster 4G is great, I prefer the much quicker Exynos than the 1.2Ghz Snapdragon. I rarely use my 4G and while I do very much appreciate it when I do, I’m quite happy with what I get from the MT4G. My goal in getting an upgrade is really raw power. If they couldn’t do Exynos then the least they could have done was stick the Snapdragon S3 1.4 or 1.5Ghz in there. 

    If it’s really the 1.2Ghz system then this phone is in effect not much different in terms of performance than the Sensation 4G. It’d be a ‘screen upgrade’ from the Sensation 4G. If that’s the case I’ll definitely just wait on the Nexus Prime or whatever’s coming in Q4 2011.

  • Neoprimal

    While the faster 4G is great, I prefer the much quicker Exynos than the 1.2Ghz Snapdragon. I rarely use my 4G and while I do very much appreciate it when I do, I’m quite happy with what I get from the MT4G. My goal in getting an upgrade is really raw power. If they couldn’t do Exynos then the least they could have done was stick the Snapdragon S3 1.4 or 1.5Ghz in there. 

    If it’s really the 1.2Ghz system then this phone is in effect not much different in terms of performance than the Sensation 4G. It’d be a ‘screen upgrade’ from the Sensation 4G. If that’s the case I’ll definitely just wait on the Nexus Prime or whatever’s coming in Q4 2011.

  • Qualcm

    People Hated the G2 before it was launched.. because of the proessor. It was actually became the fastest at that time and a g2 clocked at 1.5 still can beat a Tegra 2 ..

  • Oce

    Anyone even bother to click the link above?  I don’t believe this is a Qualcom chip peopele, and even if it is this is stellar performance for a stock unit.

  • Jonathan Toribio

    Does anyt

  • Jonathan Toribio

    Does anyone know if the galaxy s2 will have nfc support?

    • Raul

      att and tmo have it
      sprint doesnt! 

    • Raul

      att and tmo have it
      sprint doesnt! 

    • Raul

      att and tmo have it
      sprint doesnt! 

  • Jumbo

    I guess both AT&T and T-Mobile are waiting for this merger to go through……. So that they can AXE the AT&T version of the SGS2 which is very close to the international version except for the home button. And release the code named Hercules version. Why two mobile with same specs for the same carrier????? I can smell what AT&T is cooking…………..

    • Allleyesonme

      Uh the deal hasn’t gone though yet.

      • Allleyesonme

        Lol through

    • Allleyesonme

      Uh the deal hasn’t gone though yet.

    • Allleyesonme

      Uh the deal hasn’t gone though yet.

  • Jumbo

    I guess both AT&T and T-Mobile are waiting for this merger to go through……. So that they can AXE the AT&T version of the SGS2 which is very close to the international version except for the home button. And release the code named Hercules version. Why two mobile with same specs for the same carrier????? I can smell what AT&T is cooking…………..

  • Jumbo

    I guess both AT&T and T-Mobile are waiting for this merger to go through……. So that they can AXE the AT&T version of the SGS2 which is very close to the international version except for the home button. And release the code named Hercules version. Why two mobile with same specs for the same carrier????? I can smell what AT&T is cooking…………..

  • The Guest of all Guests

    I think the only reason why the T-Mobile Galaxy SII processor wasn’t announced was to compete with the upcoming HTC Ruby phone also coming out which will have a 1.5Ghz dual core processor, so if the Galay SII is gonna be the flagship phone for T-Mobile, they need to bump up the processor to be competitive with the HTC Ruby. I read that the SII was gonna pack a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. That’s why they haven’t announce it during press time.

    • Raul

      i hope so

    • Raul

      i hope so

    • Raul

      i hope so

  • The Guest of all Guests

    I think the only reason why the T-Mobile Galaxy SII processor wasn’t announced was to compete with the upcoming HTC Ruby phone also coming out which will have a 1.5Ghz dual core processor, so if the Galay SII is gonna be the flagship phone for T-Mobile, they need to bump up the processor to be competitive with the HTC Ruby. I read that the SII was gonna pack a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. That’s why they haven’t announce it during press time.

  • Anonymous

    This doesn’t make any sense to me..Why would they be the only company to change the processor??? This sounds like bullshit to me..They probably didnt show it off cuz it has a shittier battery than the other 2..Big fucking deal buy a car charger

    • Anonymous

      The reason why they MAY use a different processor is because the Samsung exynos processor doesn’t use 42mbps downloads. The qualcomm processor does and T-mobile wants a device that can hit 42mbps. Still I would prefer the exynos processor with 21mbps or even 14.4mbps instead of the damn qualcomm piece of shit processor.

      • Raul

        we wont even get full 42 mbps
        i used to get 8 mbps on my sensation…hopefully we at least get like 30 mbps, that will be awesome!

      • Raul

        we wont even get full 42 mbps
        i used to get 8 mbps on my sensation…hopefully we at least get like 30 mbps, that will be awesome!

      • Raul

        we wont even get full 42 mbps
        i used to get 8 mbps on my sensation…hopefully we at least get like 30 mbps, that will be awesome!

        • Anonymous

          True!

    • Guest

      All the phones were connected to chargers (including Tmoble’s)… so how would they check battery life? 

    • Guest

      All the phones were connected to chargers (including Tmoble’s)… so how would they check battery life?