A Preview of the Samsung Galaxy R
If you're keen to get your hands on the Galaxy S2 but think it's too expensive - the Samsung Galaxy R could be just what you're looking for.
It may have been launched as a 'cheaper' alternative to Samsung's 2011 flagship, but the Galaxy R sports similar specs. It comes with Nvidia's 1GHz dual-core processor, compared to the S2's 1.2GHz chipset. You'll also find a smaller 4.2-inch Super LCD screen, although it boasts the same 480 x 800 pixels resolution.
You may be expecting a downgraded OS, but you'll find Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) onboard. This also comes dressed in Sammy's TouchWiz UI, complete with multitouch gestures, Facebook and Twitter integration and all the usual pre-loaded goodies (Gmail, Search, Android Market).
Despite touting a smaller touchscreen, the Galaxy R measures in thicker at 9.6mm thick, and weightier than 131g. However, this is due to its brushed metallic back panel, which is slightly reminiscent of the Samsung Wave 2.
Media-wise, you'll find a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, complete with LED flash and HD recording. There's also 1.3 megapixel front-facing snapper, a built-in media player, an integrated FM radio, and 8GB of memory expandable to 32GB.
Other specifications include Bluetooth 3.0, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, and a powerful 1650mAh battery offering up to 9 hours of constant talk time.
The Samsung Galaxy R will reportedly be hitting the UK in July 2011. However, the handset's pricing and network support is still to be confirmed, and as yet there is no official confirmation that it will actually reach the UK.
A full review will be published here once the phone has been released.
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Samsung Galaxy R Specifications
126mm x 67mm x 9.6mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: Super LCD
Size: 4.2 inches
Resolution: 480 x 800
External: microSD up to 32GB
CPU: 1GHz Dual core
A-GPS with maps
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
5.0 megapixel camera
Auto Focus and LED Flash
720p Video Recording
Front facing camera with video calling
Battery Capacity: 1650 mAh
Talk Time: 540 minutes
Standby Time: 620 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, WAV, eAAC+
Video supported formats
Playback: MP4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.264, H.263