After a quick name change and some nips and tucks, Samsung has made the Galaxy R official and will start rolling it out, beginning with Sweden, followed by North & Eastern Europe, South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China. The pricing for India is not set since it’s not actually launched here, just announed. My guess would be around 25K, which puts it just below the Galaxy S II and in line with the LG Optimus 2X, which it will undoubtedly destroy. The Galaxy R hasn’t changed much in appearance from the last time we spotted it in a leaked video. Think of it as a scaled down version of the Galaxy S II. Samsung hasn’t completely neutered it though; the only changes include a Tegra 2 CPU and a smaller screen size with a different panel and lower in-built memory and RAM.
Let the games begin!
To avoid eating into the sales of the S II, the video recording capabilities are capped at 720p. To bring the price down further, we have to bid adieu to the Super AMOLED Plus screen and make way for SuperClear LCD. The phone will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread along with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI (possibly 4.0). I wouldn’t be surprised if HTC is quietly prepping something to retaliate. It’s a known fact that their flagship phone is anything but ‘Sensational’, so they really need to bring their A Game if they have to stand a chance. Here are some of the highlights for the Samsung Galaxy R once more –
- 4.19-inch SC-LCD, capacitive touchscreen
- 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, GPS with A-GPS support
- Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 720p video recording with Full HD video playback
- Stereo FM Radio with RDS
- Secondary front facing camera
- 8GB Internal storage
- Memory expandable to 32GB via MicroSD card
- 3.5 mm audio jack
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