I must admit that I was very skeptical of this morning's Samsung GT-i9003 rumors, simply because they involved a Galaxy S successor with a Super LCD display. This seemed suspicious to me because Samsung has spent a lot of time hyping up Super AMOLED, but it turns out the rumors are true - the Galaxy SL, or the i9003, is now official.

Besides the addition of the aforementioned Super Clear LCD screen, the SL differentiates itself with a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 CPU; the original Galaxy S devices were powered by a 1GHz Cortex A8 "Hummingbird" processor. The phone will also ship with Android 2.2, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 1650 mAh battery (the GT-i9000 had a 1500 mAh unit) - all in a 9.9mm frame (the i9000's thickness was 10.59mm).

No word yet on pricing or release date, but the phone is listed exclusively on Samsung's Middle Eastern and Asian sites - should be a hint as to where the phones will be sold.

Source: Samsung via Phandroid, GSMArena

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  • Aatif Sumar

    I thought Samsung said they'd sorted out their SAMOLED production issues. This is just stupid. Also do they REALLY think people are going to trust them to give GingerBread this time round?

  • Andrew

    I thought I remembered reading somewhere that this phone would have Super AMOLED in the US and LCD in Europe. Is this a production issue or something more serious (long-term reliability, patent, etc)? Super AMOLED is far superior (color, brightness, battery usage), I was hoping the whole industry would move that way.

    • deraildoax

      You know I've owned a Vibrant for months and then I bought a Mytouch 4G. The difference in color vibrancy and brightness do exist and are noticeable when put side by side but are much smaller than people would assume. I had my Vibrant for a week after I bought my Mytouch 4G and had plenty of time to sit them side by side. Honestly even with my seasoned eye of being a phone fanatic if I was to see a Galaxy S with a SAMOLED panel one day then see a Galaxy SL with SLCD the next day I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I would totally be able to be tricked if someone handed me the Galaxy SL and told me it was a Galaxy S. The most noticeable changes with SLCD are that the blacks aren't as black, and that I can read it outdoors. I would pick the readability outdoors over blacker blacks any day. I'm sorry but I call BS on anyone who says that if they were shown only the displays on full brightness with some colorful picture one at a time that they could tell which one is SLCD and which is SAMOLED. Its like a taste test where so many people fail to tell which one is Coke vs Pepsi. The differences are totally apparent when you know which one is which. But when "blind folded" they are interchangeable.