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Samsung Galaxy S tackles iPhone with 4-inch Super AMOLED

updated 02:45 pm EDT, Tue March 23, 2010

Samsung readies 1GHz Android phone for US

Samsung at its portion of the CTIA opening keynote made an Android phone its flagship device for the US. The Galaxy S is positioned as a video-oriented phone and will center on a 4-inch, 800x480 Super AMOLED touchscreen. It should have all the color accuracy of OLED but with better brightness and anti-glare performance outdoors along with better touch response.

In sync with the screen, the Galaxy S should have access to a video service that supplies movies and TV shows directly to the phone. Samsung hasn't said whether this would be rolled into any of its existing app store initiatives or a separate service. An e-reader app should come with the phone, as well built-in media sharing with other devices on the local network.

The phone itself should occupy the high end of Android devices with a 1GHz processor and a graphics core capable of 3D maps for GPS; owing partly to the larger screen, it should actually be thinner than its obvious Apple counterpart at 0.39 inches. As with most of Samsung's phones, it will have a customized UI but will focus on Samsung's Social Hub and toss aside the earlier TouchWiz interface. The new UI centers on home screen widgets with live updates of messages and news.

A worldwide launch is planned later this year and will include at least one version for the US.

The launch of the Galaxy S is a rarity for Samsung, which normally skews its touchscreen phone releases towards Asia and Europe first and has often released American releases months after their appearances elsewhere. The company currently trails smartphone leaders and has set out to triple smartphone sales this year, which would need the company to not only have a larger presence in the US but to challenge American preferences for the Droid, iPhone and other media-heavy flagships.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's not going to do much to the iPhone...

    All it's going to hurt is sales of other Android smartphones like the Droid and Nexus One. All the geeks will quit lusting after the Nexus One and go after this Galaxy in search of better hardware.

    Well, it looks pretty nice and has decent hardware specs. As long as enough geeks are willing to buy it maybe Samsung will sell quite a few. I wonder how they can keep it thin, have full-multitasking, a 1GHz processor,, have a removable battery and still get plenty of battery life. If they can, then they've really made some advances. I suppose the AMOLED display saves the battery from draining.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How much more blatant of an interface rip-off can someone possibly make? Doubt if this device could ever be sold in the US with that interface.

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