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.