Samsung Galaxy S

Here it is, folks, the Samsung Galaxy S. And let us just say this about that: The Galaxy S is smooth. First, it's just 9.9mm thick. And it weighs nothing. And the 4-inch Super AMOED screen ... You want one. Now. Take to the streets.

The custom user interface sits atop Android 2.1 and is powered by a 1GHz Coretex A8 processor. Don't speak proc? It's cool. That means it flies. And it needs to, with the gaming and video that it's intended to push. But wait, there's more.

There's the Layar Reality Browser -- think of it as augmented reality meets Google Maps meets Google Goggles. It follows what you're looking at through the camera and overlays info on the screen.

More pics and specs (and now video) after the break.

Samsung Galaxy S

We mentioned the Galaxy S was thin at just 9.9mm, and it's pretty impressive. It's almost too light at just 188 grams, but we could get over that.

Samsung Galaxy S

Other specs of import: Bluetooth 3.0 (for reals), WiFi b/g/n (we've heard that before, but this could be the first phone with it actually implemented). Full measurements are 64.2x122.4x9.9mm. The battery is a decent 1500mAh.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S sports a 5-megapixel camera with full 720p video at 30 frames per second.

Samsung Galaxy S

That screen, oh, that gorgeous screen, is a full 4 inches at WVGA (480x800) resolution.

Samsung Galaxy S

That's the good news. The bad news is that what we're looking at here is NOT a U.S.-friendly 3G phone. The hardware as displayed supports EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900MHz, meaning that you could use it in the U.S. But the 3G bands are 900/1900/2100MHz, so you're out of luck if you're looking for the standard 850MHZ 3G goodness.


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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S


Looks awsome so far, I'd like to see a video of it in action. Push that thing right to the limits.

The initial picture looked like it had a silver edge like the iphone whereas these pics look like all one color/material. A little boxier looking, but still a nice form factor.

Isn't this a North America show? Why announce devices with no US 3G support. Unless this indicates that it WILL be available in US bands in the near future. If not, I could really give a hoot.

even my moment (work phone) with only a measly 3.2mp cam has a dual bright led flash!! ugh.. i really hope this comes in a US 3G flavor... i would definitely put my cliq down and renew my tmo contract with a phone of these specs... !!!! and why does it sound like phil hasnt heard of layar yet!?!?

cortex a8 at 1ghz? why not a snapdragon? Isn't that the same as Pre, Iphone 3GS and Android just clocked higher?

All depends on which processor is used OMAP3640 is a Cortex A8 with basically the same specs as the OMAP3430 in the Droid but is 1GHZ instead of 600MHZ.

Would be nice if Tmo snagged this phone to replace the dodgy Behold II. Granted I love the camera on the Behold II, it's implementation of TouchWiz over Android 1.5 is absolute rubbish. It killed a great phone with so much potential. Focusing back on the new Galaxy, I am also confused at the lack of a flash.

"Not a U.S. friendly phone." End of discussion as far as I'm concerned. Let me know when a phone comes along to knock the U.S. Droid off its top perch.

According to the stats provided to the bluetooth special interest group this phone will be quad band and cover the 850mhz band. This being said for the GT-I9000 model, there has also been specs provided for a model SGH-1897 which just so happens to have an identical design description. As SGH models tend to go to ATT, there is hope for both verizon and ATT customers.

Sure, you’re excited about the Samsung Galaxy S.



And imagine 6 months after you bought the Galaxy. You’re angry. You been lied to. The promised updates never come. There are real problems just using the phone. Forums like this fill with users like you, angry, dumping the phone, and comparing how little the can get for it on craigslist. $150? If you’re lucky.

You’ll never buy a Samsung product again. Samsung has hired a PR firm to try to hide the real problems you and thousands of others are having with the phone.

This is real.

Do some research on the Samsung Behold II. This is Samsung’s business model.
1) Shiny new phone with promised updates
2) Wait… there’s no money in supporting a phone, only in selling new ones.
3) Refuse promised updates on under plainly false pretenses.
4) Go to step 1.
5) Profit.

Please, do not buy this or any other Samsung phone. HTC and Apple make nice phones that they support. Tell your friends.

I’m just a regular guy who fell for their lies. Don’t be me, 6 months from now, in a forum, writing this same message.