Samsung Galaxy S II set for March arrival priced £708?

Samsung refute pre-order dates and hefty pricing

Second-gen Galaxy S tipped for March arrival

Having been officially unveiled at MWC 2011 (opens in new tab) last week Samsung's follow-up to its formidable Galaxy S handset, the Samsung Galaxy S II has been made available for pre-order ahead of a March release.

Available via online tech retailer Clove, the Android 2.3 touting Samsung Galaxy S II, also known as the i9100, can be pre-ordered now with wannabe owners needing to fork out £612 for the 16GB model or a whopping £708 for the 32GB edition.

Announcing the news via its official blog Clove declared: “As we all know, release dates are always subject to change but we've had word today that the first stock of the Samsung Galaxy S II i9100, both the 16GB & 32GB versions, will be landing mid to late March.”

Set to launch with a 1GHz dual-core processor and stunning 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the Galaxy S II will come equipped with an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera with Full HD 1080p video recording capabilities and a second 2-megapixel forward-facing snapper. At just 8.49mm thick the Galaxy S II boasts a stunningly sleek design and weighs in at just 116grammes.

Fellow online retailer Expansys is currently hosting the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S II for £649.99 with a touted June 20th arrival. The 32GB edition is currently unavailable from Expansys.

Speaking exclusively with T3, an official Samsung spokesperson was unable to shed light on anyfinalised arrival time or pricing stating: "At this stage we can confirm that the Galaxy S II will be available in the second quarter during May. We are unable to comment on price as this is set by the operators."

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Staff Writer on T3 Luke Johnson studied journalism at the Liverpool John Moores University and writes, news, opinion and interviews for the site. Topics of expertise include gaming, phones, photography, tablets and computing. Luke is a huge Apple fan, too, owning multiple Apple products and writing about iPhones and iPads frequently.