Samsung Galaxy S II Poised as iPhone Rival?

As the juggernaut that is the iPhone 4 continues to be the hottest-selling smartphone in the U.S., theres evidence that the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S II might give it a serious run for its money.

The Galaxy S II, which is expected to make its first U.S. appearance in Q3 2011, is already a hit after making its debut late last month in the U.K. The updated Galaxy S beat the iPhone 4 this month across the pond, becoming the top-selling handset among Brits, according to U.K. tech site T3.

The new Galaxy S II runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), has 1GB of RAM and sports a 4.3-inch touchscreen. Perhaps most significant is the 1.2Ghz dual-core processor under the hood. The camera is now 8MP and can record video at 1080p. The front-facing camera is 2MP.

Android has become the biggest-selling mobile OS in the U.S. in recent quarters, but no one single smartphone has proven to go toe-to-toe with Apples iPhone. Is that about to change? Android now takes eight of the top 10 spots in U.K. smarphone sales, with HTC phones taking five of the top 10 positions.

Of course, the U.S. is not the U.K., but it might show some cracks in Apple’s armor. Many expect the upcoming fifth-generation iPhone not to be LTE-compatible, opening the door for more 4G Android smartphones to challenge the iconic device. Time will tell.

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