Samsung has been busy updating many of their top smartphones in the new year, and one of them is the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket on AT&T. The new HD version showed up at CES 2012, and the main difference is the improved display that now comes on the 4G LTE-enabled device. But both are fast, thin, full-featured devices like most of Samsung's pricier phones. The S2 Skyrocket HD improves on the original's 800x480 pixels and introduces a true HD 1280x720 version of the Super AMOLED display.
Furthermore, the S2 Skyrocket HD brings new 4.65-inch screen to its HD format along with a removable battery and 9.3 mm thin profile. That makes it about a millimeter thinner than the original, and it adds an extra .15 inches to the screen size. Samsung hasn't given any more details as far as pricing or availability, but the rest of the S2 Skyrocket HD's features should match the original. That means a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, eight megapixel rear-acing camera, 16 gigabytes of storage, microSD card reader (expandable up to 32 GB), 1080p video capture, full gigabyte of memory and near field communication chip. Additionally, the S2 Skyrocket HD should include support for bluetooth 3.0 and get the Android 4.0 update soon after it debuts. It could be released with version 4.0 already to go, but Samsung has not said one way or the other.
AT&T has the S2 Skyrocket for sale at $200 with a new two-year contract. The HD version will likely debut at $250 or more. AT&T has so far avoided the Verizon-like tendency to price their best phones at $300 on contract, but Samsung is debuting the Galaxy Note in a couple weeks at just that price. So, a $300 S2 Skyrocket HD would not be unprecedented, only unlikely. It's also unclear if the price of the original Skyrocket would drop even by just $20 or $30. Tell us in the comments if you're a Skyrocket owner and what you think of this upgrade.