UPDATE: The phone will be launched in Kazakhstan on September 1 for a price of around 470 Euros. Thanks, Chilko!
We’ve already seen Galaxy R (aka Galaxy Z) in all its glory and now Samsung has officially acknowledged the dual-core phone. Samsung refrains from outing the exact processor but previous evidences have proved that the phone runs on Tegra 2 processor. The 9.55mm thick phone sports a metallic finish and comes with a 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD, HSPA+ 21Mbps support, Android 2.3 OS, 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 720p HD video recording and 1080p playback support, TouchWiz UI with various Hubs, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 8GB internal memory, up to 32GB microSD card slot and 1650mAh battery.
Samsung says the phone will be out by “end of July” in Europe but it seems the product is yet to reach the retail market. The phone will also be launched in South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China.
Galaxy R Specifications:
Network: HSPA ＋ 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mb EDGE/GPRS Class 12
Processor: Dual Core Application Processor
Display: 4.19” WVGA Super Clear LCD
OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Camera: Main(Rear): 5 MP, AF with LED Flash; Front: 1.3MP
Video Codec : MPEG4/H.263/H.264/H263.Sorenson/Divx/Xvid/VC-1
Playback : Full HD 1080p@30fps(Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
Recording : HD 720p@30fps
Audio Codec : MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC＋, eAAC＋, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, AAC(Mono)
Music Player with SoundAlive EQ, Music Recognition
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS
Value-added Features: Samsung Apps; Samsung Kies 2.0; Samsung Kies air; Samsung TouchWiz; Samsung L!ve Panel UX
Social Hub: Integrated Contacts, Integrated Calendar, Unified Inbox; Basic: POP3/IMAP Email & Google Talk IM
Find My Mobile
Connectivity: Bluetooth technology v 3.0 ＋ HS; USB 2.0 HS; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n; Wi-Fi direct
Sensor: Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity, Light, Gyroscope
Memory: 8GB Internal memory ＋ microSD (up to 32GB)
Size: 66.7 x 125.7 x 9.55mm, 131g
Standard battery: Li-Ion 1650 mAh
Talk Time: 580 min(3G)
Standby Time: 550 hours(3G)
Check out this small retail demo video of Galaxy R.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY R, its latest Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) Smartphone. Featuring a lightweight, slim and sleek metallic design, the GALAXY R Smartphone delivers incredible performance thanks to its Dual Core processor, whilst including a range of features to conveniently manage your social and content experiences.
“The year 2011 is turning out to be a great year for Samsung as the leader in smart mobile devices. I am very pleased that the GALAXY R will boost our leadership and add up to the industry’s most comprehensive Android smartphone portfolio that we already have.” said Hankil Yoon, Vice President of Smartphone Product Planning Group in Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. He added: “Consumers are looking for stylish, premium devices with high performance as well as long battery life, and the GALAXY R meets these requirements in every way.”
Refined Design meets Lightning Speed
The slim, chic casing is just 9.55mm thick while a sophisticated metallic finish enhances the device’s fashion credentials, making the device an essential fashion accessory. Even though the device is incredibly lightweight (weighing just 131g) and stylishly contoured, it still features a powerful 1650mAh battery with Samsung’s advanced power consumption technology – delivering 580 minutes of talk time and 550 hours of standby time.
Users can take high-quality pictures and film HD video before playing back the images on the device’s large 4.19” Super Clear LCD touch screen. Consuming less power than competing models while offering clarity and a wider viewing angle, the Super Clear LCD screen enables a comfortable mobile viewing experience – complimenting the device’s cool design with stunning visuals.
The Samsung GALAXY R is powered by a fast Dual Core processor, enabling seamless multitasking, faster webpage loading and an ultrafast power up. The high-power processor also delivers smooth HD 720p video capture and Full HD 1080p playback(Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P) at 30fps(frames per second). Lightning-fast downloads are enabled by an HSPA＋ connection, meaning movies, games and music can be downloaded quicker while on the move.
The device’s overall connectivity is enhanced with the inclusion of Bluetooth 3.0 HS and USB 2.0 support, allowing the device to connect to another USB device without using a PC. Dual Channel Wi-Fi is also included as standard, enabling smoother and faster connection speeds, while the inclusion of Kies 2.0 and Kies Air provides better wireless device management.
This performance combined with the device’s compact form factor and long-life battery means that the Samsung GALAXY R is the ideal device for technology enthusiasts who want a stylish, premium, high performing device while on the move.
Intuitive User Experience
In addition to using the intuitive Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform, Samsung has also included Samsung Hubs with the GALAXY R, enriching the overall user-experience. The Hubs offer content anytime, anywhere and ensure that you’re always in touch with your social world. The Hubs included are:
— A Social Hub which aggregates the user’s contacts, calendar and email along with instant messaging and social networking connections all within one easy-to-use interface, keeping you in control of your social life, wherever you are.
— A Music Hub that gives you access to over 14 million tracks, old and new, turning the Samsung GALAXY R into your own personal jukebox.
— A Readers Hub enabling the user to carry around a vast library wherever they go, with access to over 2.3 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 3,000 magazines across a variety of languages.
— And a built-in Game Hub provides a terrific gaming experience for both casual and hardcore mobile gamers. Furthermore, the in-built 3-axis gyroscopic sensor unlocks a world of gaming possibilities.
Samsung has further improved the device’s usability by including a range of other features such as the Samsung Voice Command, an easy-to-use voice recognition service enabling simple hands-free control of the phone. The voice recognition feature also enables the user to have their text messages read out loud and to reply to them vocally to them orally, while calls, e-books and other features can all be launched with a simple speech command. Samsung has also included L!ve Panel, enabling a fully customizable home screen experience and enhancing visuals with 3D effects.
Samsung’s “Find My Mobile” functionality enables users to track, ring, remotely lock the device or bring up call logs when their smartphone has been misplaced, lost or stolen. This means further peace of mind for users who may otherwise worry about the loss of their phone and any confidential data.
GALAXY R will be available from end of July in Europe and will be rolled out globally including South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China.