Samsung Announces Galaxy R for Asian, European Markets

Samsung has announced a new Android-powered Galaxy smart phone today for European and Asian markets. Dubbed the Galaxy R, it is a notable release in that it is the first Samsung smart phone to feature an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. Specifications include a dual-core 1GHz processor, 4.2-inch Super LCD display, 5-megapixel camera, front-facing 2-megapixel camera. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, the Galaxy R has previously been marketed as the Galaxy Z in Sweden.

While we don’t know for sure if we’ll ever see this guy come to the United States, select carriers across Europe and Asia (China, too!) will begin offering the Galaxy R “soon”.

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NVIDIA and Samsung Expand GALAXY Smartphones with New GALAXY R Smartphone

World’s Largest Android Smartphone Maker Ships First Tegra-Powered Super Phone

Santa Clara, Calif. ­- Aug. 10, 2011-NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics announced the latest GALAXY smartphone, the GALAXY R, which sports a 4.19-inch screen, features the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile super chip and the Android 2.3 (also known as Gingerbread) operating system.

Samsung’s GALAXY smartphones are among the world’s most popular handheld devices.

The GALAXY R gives more consumers the opportunity to enjoy the never-before-seen experiences enabled by Tegra, the world’s first mobile processor with a dual-core CPU. The GALAXY R also features a GeForce™ GPU for fast Web browsing with hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash Player support, full HD video and console-quality gaming.

Using the GALAXY R, consumers can multitask efficiently, surf the Web quickly with fast-loading pages and Flash-based content and enjoy HD movies. They can also access Tegra-optimized games through the Tegra Zone app on Android Market.

“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,” said Michael Rayfield, general manager of NVIDIA’s mobile business.

The GALAXY R features:

  • Tegra 2 super chip
  • 4.19″ WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback (Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
  • Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD
  • Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
  • Weight: 131 grams

The GALAXY R is available in Sweden, and is coming to other regions soon, including North & Eastern Europe, South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China.

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