Samsung Galaxy R

Samsung Galaxy R Announced

Samsung has officially launched another smartphone in the Galaxy line up. This time they have come up with Samsung Galaxy R which is mid level smartphone with similar hardware specification to Samsung Galaxy S II. This new Galaxy R will be a cheaper alternative to Galaxy S II and is a hit in Sweden, where it is launched last month as Galaxy Z. This device will soon be made available in Europe and Asia in the coming days with some sacrifice to make it fit in the budget market and will be marketed against LG Optimus 2x.

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Screen : 4.19" Super Clear LCD touch Screen
Camera: 5 MP (with 720p video recording)
Processor: 1 GHz dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU
Memory: 8 GB
Cards: microSD card up-to 32 GB
Video: 1080p Full HD video playback
OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with TouchWiz UI

The Galaxy R will use Super Clear LCD instead of the Super AMOLED Plus display of Galaxy Z and 8 MP Camera of Galaxy Z is replace by 5 MP Camera. The 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos chipset has been swapped by a 1 GHz dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset to market the phone as a mid budget one.

The pricing of the device is going to be vital in marketing in Asian regions, if they have to compete against LG Optimus 2x which is around for some time. In Sweden it was priced around swedish dollar $600 (INR 27,000 approx) and is at the price range of Galaxy S II. But we can hope the price will drop very soon, once they are launched in other countries, particularly in Asia where Galaxy S II was well set in the market. We can't predict the success of Galaxy R in Europe and Asia, but this is a device to look out for.


Press Release

NVIDIA and Samsung Expand GALAXY Smartphones with New GALAXY R Smartphone

World's Largest Android Smartphone Maker Ships First Tegra-Powered
Super Phone

Santa Clara, Calif. - Aug. 10, 2011-NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics announced the latest GALAXY smartphone, the GALAXY R, which sports a 4.19-inch screen, features the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile super chip and the Android 2.3 (also known as Gingerbread) operating system.

Samsung's GALAXY smartphones are among the world's most popular handheld devices.

The GALAXY R gives more consumers the opportunity to enjoy the never-before-seen experiences enabled by Tegra, the world's first mobile processor with a dual-core CPU. The GALAXY R also features a GeForce GPU for fast Web browsing with hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash Player support, full HD video and console-quality gaming.

Using the GALAXY R, consumers can multi-task efficiently, surf the Web quickly with fast-loading pages and Flash-based content and enjoy HD movies. They can also access Tegra-optimized games through the Tegra Zone app on Android Market.

"Samsung's newest super phone shows off Tegra's multimedia power, and is a great example of what consumers expect from one of the world's top phone makers," said Michael Rayfield, general manager of NVIDIA's mobile business.

The GALAXY R features:
Tegra 2 super chip
4.19" WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system
720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback (Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD
Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
Weight: 131 grams

The GALAXY R is available in Sweden, and is coming to other regions soon, including North & Eastern Europe, South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China.

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