Just in time to take on the iPhone 5, Samsung announced today that it will hold a media event in New York City on August 29 to announce its US Galaxy S II lineup — perhaps the biggest Android phone launch this year.
The Galaxy S II, which launched in May and has already sold 5 million units, is Samsung’s latest flagship Android device. Many US gadget hounds have been drooling at the opportunity to get their hands on the phone for months now, but the device was likely held up due to the fact that Samsung needed to prepare unique models for every major US carrier.
Thanks to its bold cross-carrier approach, Samsung managed to sell 10 million Galaxy S phones last year. This year, with hype for the Galaxy S II on high, Samsung could sell past 20 million units of the new model.
The Galaxy S II is currently the king of the hill when it comes to high-end Android phones. The phone sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen (though the resolution is lower than the iPhone 4 and some 4-inch competitors), a Samsung dual-core processor, and support for near-field communications (NFC) built-in. The latter feature, available only in certain models, makes it primed to take advantage of mobile-payment services like Google Wallet.
With the iPhone 5 likely being announced on September 7, it seems that month will see the biggest Android/iPhone battle yet.