The Galaxy R isn’t exactly something new. We’ve heard about it before, after all. However, there’s been no official confirmation about it – and no official idea of what it’s packing.
Well, the wait is over. Samsung has finally officially acknowledged the dual-core phone. And along with that is an idea of what the R has under its hood.
First of all, Samsung is still a bit cagey about the CPU that the R runs on, but considering that all the Samsung phones that have come before have been packing Tegra 2 processors, I don’t think this will be an exemption. Other important features include a 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD screen, HSPA+ 21Mbps support, a 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. It uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 for connectivity and has base 8GB internal memory which can be upped to 32GB with the microSD card slot.
Software-wise, it runs on Android 2.3 OS and has 720p HD video recording and 1080p playback support. It also uses the custom TouchWiz UI with various Hubs that enable easier interfacing with data. The phone’s charge lasts 550 hours on standby, while talk time should get you over 580 minutes.
And that’s just the inside. The R’s design makes it look stylish and chic. The slim casing is thin at 9.55mm and has a metallic finish that is sure to catch the eye. Weighing 131g, it fits well into your hand.
If that’s whet your appetite for the phone, expect the Galaxy R to be available at the end of July in Europe and will be eventually rolled out globally including South East and West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China.