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AT&T to sell Samsung Galaxy S II for $200 on Oct. 2

Galaxy S II is already fastest-selling Samsung phone internationally

AT&T said Wednesday it will sell the Samsung Galaxy S II, a 4G smartphone, for $199.99 starting Oct. 2.

The Android 2.3 device features a 4.3-in. Super Amoled Plus touchscreen display and a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, making it the fastest of AT&T's smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone.

The Galaxy S II will work on AT&T's HSPA+ 4G network, but that does not include the carrier's 4G LTE network, which just began rolling out to five cities . HSPA+, however, is still much faster than 3G, with download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

The Galaxy S II is the nation's thinnest 4G smartphone , measuring 0.35 inches (8.89 mm) at its thinnest point, AT&T said. With an HDMI output at 1080p, customers can rent or buy movies from Samsung's Media Hub and view them on a television with an HDTV smart adapter, sold separately.

The phone also comes with two cameras, which is becoming standard in smartphones to enable video chat. The rear-facing camera is 8 megapixels, at the top end of other phones on the market, while the front-facing camera is 2 megapixels.

The Galaxy S II, with is sol under different names for different carriers, is Samsung's fastest-selling smartphone, according to a statement from Samsung. The international model launched in April and quickly racked up sales of 5 million in its first few months.

Sprint began selling its version, the Epic 4G Touch , on Friday. Verizon has said it won't offer the Galaxy S II because it already an extensive portfolio of Android smartphones. Verizon has become a top seller of Android phones, including the Samsung Droid Charge and the Motorola Droid Bionic , which went on sale Sept. 8 for $299.99, a full $100 above the price of the Galaxy S II on AT&T.

Verizon is expected to sell the Samsung Stratosphere soon, which could be Verizon's version of the Galaxy S II, according to blogger reports.

Several of the most powerful phones on fast networks such as LTE and HSPA+ have disappointed users for short battery life. When the HTC ThunderBolt launched on Verizon LTE in March, battery life was a concern , according to an independent Computerworld test. Computerworld reviewer Dan Rosenbaum, also called the Bionic "slim and lightweight" but with short battery life.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com .

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