The Samsung Galaxy family of smartphones and tablets is a rather big family, with each member shining brightly on its own. But, is there room for one more in that household? Apparently, there is, and Samsung officially announced just this week its newest member: the Samsung Galaxy R, headed for Europe and Asia.

The newest star in the Galaxy household, however, hasn’t been reported to shine on the United States. Samsung’s press statement this week only mentioned availability of the Samsung Galaxy R in Sweden and spreading “soon” to other regions including North and Eastern Europe, Southeast and West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China. No mention of the U.S. at all, although we don’t discount the possibility of a stateside destination. No word on the release date yet, nor on pricing.

What makes the Samsung Galaxy R stellar in the first place? Here are some of the reasons:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 super chip
  • NVIDIA GeForce graphics processing unit
  • 4.19″ WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 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 mere mention of an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread already gives the strongest hint that this device’s performance is going to be of supernova proportions. This simply means that the pizzazz of Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be at your fingertips, as well as the delicious treats packed into Gingerbread: Google Music beta, new Android Market, awesome features of the updated Google Maps, etc.

Hi-definition games are also accessible with just a few taps with NVIDIA Tegra Zone preloaded.

The Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones has been among the world’s well-loved devices. And it’s newest member, the Samsung Galaxy R, is one that will surely make Android fans go rrrocking and rrrolling.

Who wants to bask under the glow of this newest Samsung star?