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By 11 August 2011 | Categories: news

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The Samsung Galaxy SII appears to be flying off the shelves, but the Korean tech giant is not resting on its laurels. Nvidia and Samsung have announced the latest edition to the popular Samsung Galaxy smartphone series, the Galaxy R.

This smartphone boasts a large 4.19" (480 x 800) WVGA Super Clear LCD touch-screen and is powered by Nvidia’s dual-core 1 GHz Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip (SoC). It operates on Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) mobile operating system (OS), along with the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz skin.

Besides the dual-core CPU, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC also sports a GeForce GPU, enabling fast web browsing with hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash Player support, full HD (1080p) video playback as well as “console-quality” mobile gaming. Users will be allowed to access Tegra-optimised games via Nvidia’s Tegra Zone app on Android Market.

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, as well as China. No local release info is available yet.

"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 touch-enabled display
  • 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 8 GB and support for 32 GB Micro SD
  • Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
  • Weight: 131 g
In related news Samsung Electronics also recently announced that its instant messaging (IM) service, Ch@t, reached more than 150 000 registered users, since its inception in December last year.

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