Samsung and NVIDIA teamed up to bring the latest addition to the Galaxy smartphone series – the Samsung Galaxy R. Don’t expect this to hit the mainland anytime soon though, the phone was announced only for parts of Europe and Asia. The phone might come to the states a couple of months after release, just like the Galaxy S2 – Samsung’s insanely popular handset which has shipped over five million units without launching in the US. That said, it might not come to the states at all, so don’t get your hopes up too soon.
Samsung Galaxy R itself is gorgeous. Its 9.55mm thin body encloses a powerful NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset and a GeForce GPU. While we are drooling over the kind of raw processing power this device packs and the 1080p HD video playback, we were a bit disappointed that it does not sport the super AMOLED display the Galaxy S2 does. Still, the 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD is pretty nice and should be fine for everyday use. The device will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, no surprise there. It will also ship with Samsung’s Touchwiz UI 4.0. It also has a built-in accelerometer, a proximity sensor and supports swype & multi-touch input.
Samsung I9003 Galaxy R Specs:
- Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, GeForce GPU and NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset
- 3G with HSPA speeds
- 1GB RAM and 1GB ROM.
- 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen (16M-color SC-LCD capacitive touchscreen) with 480x800px resolution
- Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” OS with Touchwiz 4.0
- 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash supports 720p video recording; face detection & geo-tagging. The 1.3MP front-facing camera can be used for video calls.
- 1080p HD playback
- 8 GB internal memory, expandable by upto 32GB via microSD
- Samsung Galaxy R sports a 1650mAh battery, giving it a longer battery backup compared to other phones in its category.
- Dimensions: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
- Weight: 135 gm