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Nvidia and Samsung have announced the Samsung Galaxy R, now available in Sweden but coming soon to more of Europe and Asia.  It's a bit of a departure from what we're used to here in the states when we hear the words Samsung Galaxy, as the R packs Tegra 2 innards, a Super Clear LCD, and Gingerbread out of the gate.  We don't yet have the full specs, but here's what has been announced:

  • Tegra 2 CPU
  • 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen @ 800x480
  • 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

Along with that Tegra 2 chip comes access to NVIDIA's experience in gaming, evident with any of the games from the Tegra Zone app.  And while many folks love Samsung's AMOLED screens, there are a lot of people who prefer a nicely done LCD.  Of course we have to wait until we get to play with a Galaxy R, but from the video above it looks like another winner.  I can totally see hours of Galaxy on Fire 2 HD in quite a few futures.  Check the video above, and the press release is after the break.

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.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to the power of computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Since then, it has consistently set new standards in visual computing with breathtaking, interactive graphics available on devices ranging from tablets and mobile phones to notebooks and workstations. NVIDIA's expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing which make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible. The Company holds more than 1,900 issued patents worldwide, including ones covering designs and insights that are essential to modern computing. For more information, see
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

Reader comments

NVIDIA and Samsung announce the Galaxy R for Europe and Asia; 4.2 inch SLCD, Tegra 2, and Gingerbread on board


Oh yea, watch out for the Apple lawsuit. Because Apple invented the finger based rectangle shaped touch screen and Apple invented icons, so any phone that has them must be violating an Apple patent.

GS2 is allready five months old time for a refresh. This gets rid of the track pad/home button this has smaller screen different chip Ala tegra so you can use tegra zone. Add another phone to its portfolio having a choice is good

What Samsung can do to foil Apple on the phone front is produce a thinner, lighter, phone WITH a side sliding keyboard and a 4" Super AMOLED screen with FFC, 32GB internal storage with up to 32GB Sd Card storage via slot and aluminum uni-body shell in a design that doesn't look anything like the iPhone. It should run Ice Creme Sandwitch. Don't want to use the keyboard? Use the touch screen. Don't want to type on the touch screen? Use the Keyboard. As long as it doesn't resemble the iPhone in any real way, Apple can just choke on it as Samsung beats them down. Apple is going to get the beat down from Android eventually anyway.

Also, Google should clamp down on the interface and do it themselves in order to avoid the fragmented nonsense of all the ridiculous vendor created interfaces but encourage creations like Launcher Pro, so we actually have either a stock/uncluttered interface or the choice of interfaces that WE WANT (not forced on us by vendors).