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Samsung will offer its Galaxy R smartphone in the UK

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Thu Aug 11 2011, 13:54

KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has confirmed that its will market its Galaxy R smartphone in the UK.

The Galaxy R device, which was originally called the Galaxy Z, will be tipping up 'soon' with Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. It will be a smaller version of the company's Galaxy S II model.

Michael Rayfield, GM of Nvidia's mobile business said, "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."

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At the beginning of July there was some hype about the Galaxy Z, which Samsung said it didn't have plans to launch in the UK. Well, the Galaxy R is the same handset with a 4.19in Super Clear LCD touchscreen, unlike the Galaxy S II AMOLED touchscreen display.

We knew the handset would have a 1GHz dual-core processor but we assumed it would be one of Samsung's own chips, not Nvidia's Tegra 2 that is normally found in Android 3.x Honeycomb tablets.

Alongside the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor chip will be a Nvidia Geforce GPU for "fast Web browsing with hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash Player support, full HD video and console-quality gaming".

Samsung has confirmed the size and weight of the Galaxy R at 9.55mm thick and 131g along with 8GB of internal storage. From the images we gather that the handset will have a 5MP rear facing camera, which is a few megapixels less than the 8MP camera in the Galaxy S II.

Nvidia said users "can also access Tegra-optimized games through the Tegra Zone app on Android Market". µ

 

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