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Samsung and NVIDIA joined forces today to unveil the newest member of the Tegra 2 family, the Galaxy R. As Samsung's newest addition to the Galaxy line, The 'R' is sure to make its namesake proud, with some pretty powerful specs under the hood:

  • 4.19 inch WVGA Super Clear LCD display
  • 1GHz Tegra 2 processor
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front cam
  • 8GB built-in storage with microSD slot
  • Android 2.3 with TouchWiz

Of course, since it's packing the Tegra 2 processor, not only will it bring outstanding performance to the table, but access to exclusive games and other apps in The Tegra Zone. Have a look at NVIDIA's hands-on with the device to get a better idea of what it's capable of:

Unfortunately, this handset won't be hitting US soil, as it is currently only available in Sweden, with North and Eastern Europe, South East and West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China availability coming soon. Check out the press release below for more info.

NVIDIA and Samsung Expand GALAXY Smartphones with New GALAXY R Smartphone

World’s Largest Android Smartphone Maker Ships First Tegra-Powered

Super Phone

Santa Clara, Calif. ­— Aug. 10, 2011—NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics announced the latest GALAXY smartphone, the GALAXY R, which sports a 4.19-inch screen, features the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile super chip and the Android 2.3 (also known as Gingerbread) operating system.

Samsung’s GALAXY smartphones are among the world’s most popular handheld devices.

The GALAXY R gives more consumers the opportunity to enjoy the never-before-seen experiences enabled by Tegra, the world’s first mobile processor with a dual-core CPU. The GALAXY R also features a GeForce™ GPU for fast Web browsing with hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash Player support, full HD video and console-quality gaming.

Using the GALAXY R, consumers can multitask efficiently, surf the Web quickly with fast-loading pages and Flash-based content and enjoy HD movies. They can also access Tegra-optimized games through the Tegra Zone app on Android Market.

“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 touchscreen

· 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 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD

· Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm

· Weight: 131 grams

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, and China.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • wraedeohed

    Hmmm....this phone actually looks to have some metal to it, and seems to be well constructed. Too bad it won't be here.

  • Zach

    phones with dual cores is just awesome. can't wait till they have quad core phones. but i dont know what we would need that for...

    also chill with the physical home button samsung. no one likes it and it is similar to the iphone design. go back to the four touch buttons

    • Bryan

      Go back to the four touch buttons? They've always used the one button design for international phones. The four touch buttons appear on their us phones.

  • jbonics

    Not hitting the US yet, you would think a major carrier would step up and get these devices pushed through the system and get the phones released before it's old technology. Someone should start a company that provided all the new stuff, before you can get it, but through all the major carriers, in store, for a premium.

  • http://androidpolice.com jselt

    i don't quite get why the USA has to always be last in line for new phones. The carriers here have no pride. i could grow quite a beard while waiting for the SGS II to make it to these shores. And why?

  • Chris

    Biggest problem is they are still obsessed with the thin form factor.
    Add an additional 3-5mm on the back, and actually include a 3000-4000+ MAH battery so we can have longer than 12 hours of our phone!

    They have to acknowledge, they are no longer just phones, and shouldn't have a battery for just a phone.

  • Steve

    Jselt - I live in the states and have a Galaxy S II.

    Chris - My Galaxy S II lasts all day, and I am a heavy phone user. It is my left arm as alot of people call it. You just need to know what apps drain a shit load of battery.

  • Chris

    Steve - I currently have the Captivate and have upgraded to the Sedio battery.
    Looks weird due to the fancy Captivate backplate, but honestly the extra life I get out of my phone is amazing.
    Can get 3-4 days of ordinary use, 1.5 days of pretty heavy use.

    Big screens plus bigger CPUs = more battery drain

  • J Rush

    I'm still dumbfounded at the 4.19 inch screen. That's such an odd number- and no Amoled Display? What's going on here?

  • JayMonster

    This looks like a "testinf the waters" phone. WVGA screen, not AMOLED, Tegra 2 not Exynos, "R" series. Perhaps this is supposed to be some sort of mid-range device?

  • Mister Yoso

    not another Tegra2 device *sigh*
    wake me up when these Tegra2 devices has h264 high profile hardware accelerated video playback capability which my "SINGLE CORE" Galaxy can do without a hitch

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