Samsung Galaxy S Pro

The Samsung Galaxy S Pro is real. We know that, of course, because we've seen a picture of it with Sprint branding. But what we haven't had is specs or any hands-on impressions -- until now.

We've got details from a tried-and-true tipster of what may well end up being the hottest phone of the year -- a tall order, indeed, given what we've seen from HTC so far this year, and what's coming out from Motorola. Let's discuss after the break.

First, let's preface this by saying that we wouldn't be surprised to see some of what you're about to read may well change by the time this phone launches. From what we're told, things are still very much in the testing phase, and so it's not unusual for some things -- especially on the software side -- to be changed up. But now, the juicy parts.

Samsung Galaxy S Pro

Samsung Galaxy S Pro hardware

  • Size: It's a tad shorter (about a half-inch) and more narrow (about three-eights of an inch) than the Sprint Evo 4G, but it's thick. Not surprising, given the slide-out keyboard.
  • Keyboard: Slider mechanism is very smooth and clicks in place when closed. The keys are raised, made of soft plastic. They're pretty firm when pressed.
  • Body: Our tipster wasn't impressed by the plastic feel, though it could just be a prototype thing.
  • Processor: Samsung/Intrinsity ARM Cortex A8 @ 1GHz.
  • Screen: "Gorgeous," which is about what we hear anybody say when they're first exposed to Super AMOLED. Blacks are very dark, "almost look wet." Font edges look a tad fuzzy, like on the Nexus One. But when viewing white text on a black background, they're very easy to read. The resolution appears to be 480x800. The screen size is noticeably smaller than the Evo 4G, but bigger than the Nexus One. So it may well be the same 4-inch screen that's on the Galaxy S. Very responsive, only needed a light touch. "Never used anything so fluid." Feels a little plasticy.
  • Memory: 512MB of RAM. There was 8.2 gigabytes of ROM, which possibly could be re-allocated to phone storage/internal storage, much like the Verizon Droid Incredible. But that's speculation on our part.
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n.
  • Cameras: 5MP rear-facing camera with 1x optical zoom, 720p recording. Front-facing camera is VGA.
  • Other radios: EVDO Rev. A./Wimax. Additional SIM card slot points to possible World phone.

Samsung Galaxy S Pro software impressions

OK, so this is where we'd expect more movement before launch. But here's what we were told:

  • Sounds like the TouchWiz 3.0 customizations are on board. (Which our tipster wasn't crazy about but says "really cool scrolling people widget makes up for it.")
  • Android 2.1-update 1 was on board. No word if it'll launch with it or Froyo.
  • As for video, H.264 and Divx both worked fine.
  • Usual Sprint software was on board, and Sprint TV worked fine over 4G, 3G and Wifi (on the Evo 4G, it doesn't work on Wifi).

So that's it for now. We're sure we'll flesh this out some by launch time -- whenever that is -- and it's possible we may see it announced in a week or so at the New York event. Let's hope so, as the Galaxy S Pro is shaping up to be another (yes, another) must-have phone this year.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs begin to emerge

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Sounds nice. My girls been wanting an Android phone but doesn't really want the Evo, Hero, or Moment so this may be perfect for her.

If its world capable and SIM unlocked we have a winner.

Most likely the same processor as it should have the same reference design as that of the Galaxy S.

I havent seen any smartphone that had better neocore score than the 55.7 fps Galaxy S. All other smartphones were in the 25.0 fps range.

This would be a great replacement for the underachieving Moment, definitely. I have been waiting for a capable sliding keyboard replacement since the Touch Pro2 (WM6.5 got old to me) and this just might do the trick for me! Video chat (Fring), raised-key 5-row sliding keyboard, 4-inch screen, and Android, all together is what did it for me. Sign me up!

Does anyone know why Sprint would want to block the TV service from wifi? That seems counter productive to me. Wouldn't they WANT the bandwidth for television video offloaded to wifi rather then be on their cellular signals? Seems really strange to me.

There must be a good reason, but I can't think of one. So anyone else know why?

protect it from running on other phones that aren't Sprint. If it runs on wifi, there is no way for Sprint to tell who is using it. Meanwhile, if its running on their network, they "know" its being used by Sprint phones.

Sprint would have to open this streaming service up via the Internet. They may not be contractually able to do that, at this time.

Sprint will most likely block Sprint TV from wifi. Doesn't currently run on WiFi on any phone (stock).
I'm impressed with specs, but not with the thing as a whole. Its too ugly, and I'm not crazy about "plasticy"

1x?

Hopefully this is a mistake, because 1x is no zoom at all. (1 times anything is the same as the original: a 15mm lens zoomed 1x is still 15mm.)

What I really like about this phone is the screen is 24bit unlike the 16bit EVO screen. The EVO looks too dull and has color banding.

I would really like to know about the radio strength. The Evo's wifi and 4g are extremely weak, and I really need something that I can get a reliable 4G signal on.

Looks like a nice phone , but to bad its made by Samsung , That will keep me real far away from this device or any other device with a Samsung name on it , GARBAGE

Long time sliding qwerty guy here but with the ease of use on this EVO qwerty I think I will stick with the EVO larger screen and my old trusted friend HTC

Have the Moment and love it (now that it has 2.1) I love the keyboard with the rubberized buttons and hope they keep that. Key pad layout is much better than any other qwerty keyboard I've ever owned. I hope it comes out with Froyo though so I can try it out. Not sure why everyone is knockin the Moment, its been a great phone and no real complaints from it whereas the people I talked to with the Hero have hated its temperment and lack of keyboard. I guess when I'm able to upgrade in a month its gonna come down to how it feels and works versus the Evo.

I'm using the Radioactive ROM by noobnl, and it has increased the battery life of my phone 150% without compromising any aspect of android 2.1 (in fact, I'd say it runs better than any other phone I've tried on sprint). Battery life is subject to change depending on how much you use your moment. However, stock 2.1 drained my battery in a matter of 4 hours of use, 8 if I just had it in my pocket, so I can understand what you're saying. With this awesome rom hack, my phone lasts almost 2 days in my pocket, 6 or 7 hours of solid talk time without battery-death.

I too am totally pleased with my "Moment". Even before the 2.1 update I was totally captivated. The multitasking, voice dialing, picture quality, screen clarity, web browsing etc are all most excellent. The downloaded apps are really usefull. It's like having a little computer with me having the ability to create and edit Microsoft documents like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF’s ... It emails with attached pictures and files. Voice recognition works really good after some training. It even doubles as my MP3 player not to mention Sprint TV/Radio. An excellent phone. But just like all my computers, there is a need to shut down and reboot from time to time but that is to be expected after the workouts I put it through. I hope to be able to run 2.2 but if not then oh well, "SeLaVi". There's almost a year to use it before contract upgrades are available.

I too am totally pleased with my "Moment". Even before the 2.1 update I was totally captivated. The multitasking, voice dialing, picture quality, screen clarity, web browsing etc are all most excellent. The downloaded apps are really usefull. It's like having a little computer with me having the ability to create and edit Microsoft documents like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF’s ... It emails with attached pictures and files. Voice recognition works really good after some training. It even doubles as my MP3 player not to mention Sprint TV/Radio. An excellent phone. But just like all my computers, there is a need to shut down and reboot from time to time but that is to be expected after the workouts I put it through. I hope to be able to run 2.2 but if not then oh well, "SeLaVi". There's almost a year to use it before contract upgrades are available.

Well, what you describe is true of pretty much every Android phone.

C'est la Vie! (which is French for "That's Life!"

Hard decisions to make...The EVO or the Galaxy S. From the look of the Specs, this will blow the doors off the EVO. Super AMOLED screen, 16 million colors, slide out keyboard and did they say possible world phone?? I'm sold!!

This is such an easy decision! So sorry, Evo. However, with Super AMOLED, QWERTY keyboard, 45nm hummingbird processor with PowerVR SGX540 GPU and low power consumption AND world phone capability?! I MUST have it!!!! Touchwiz 3.0 be damned.

Galaxy S Pro, you had me at hello!

Release date or at least possible release date please!

I don't know, it's rumored that HTC is working on some hardware and software issues so by the time this beauty comes out, the issues people are bitching about will be mostly fixed (on new production EVO's, of course).

My biggest thing here, living with two apple fanatics who both ripped their hair out making sure they would have the new iPhone the DAY it comes out ((really? I love smart phones and all, but waiting one more week is nothing compared to waiting through the whole summer to get the EVO or the Galaxy S Pro)), is whether or not the Galaxy S Pro will wow them into a jealous rage as much as the sheer sexiness of the EVO compared to the ugly boxy design of the iPhone 4.

I hope it comes out right at the end of august! My Premiere Upgrade is Sept 1st! if this Baby actually is what it looks like & sounds like? Its MINE!! :) I will Gladly Jump from Blackberry for it!

I really hope this phone isn't a brick like the Moment. I'd like to replace my Hero and I wanted a Samsung Galaxy S. I'd be willing to get the Pro if it's still super slim. I'm still hoping the S comes to Sprint but willing to get a Pro if it's slimmer than my Hero.

Sprint, please announce a release date! This Beast of a phone can go up against the Droid 2 and destroy it! I hope the release date is in July just in time to coincide with my upgrade. I am not going to carry two phones like alot of my friends.....well, I will try not to. EVO is still looking like sirloin steak off the grill..TASTY!!

But with the specs of the Galaxy S I will try and wait.

One more thing to think about; Sprint TV can be viewed over 3G,4G and wifi!! sweet!!!

Voghan its gonna be a little bigger. I carry mine in my front pocket when I wait tables for 5 to 6 hours and have no problems with the size. When I worked retail sales for 10 hrs a day it didn't bother me either. So far my Moments proven to be quite unbreakable, its suffered severat 4 foot drops and didn't even scratch the screen. Still not sure why people bang Samsung. As with any manufacturer they make low end and high end phones to cover more market space. From my first Samsung (Blackjack) to my Moment they have been uber reliable. I personally would buy a Samsung before any crap Motorola puts out.

What a stupid comment to make!!! This is a Samsung Galaxy S phone and the only difference that it has is a sliding keyboard. Everything else is identical of the top of the line Android smartphone in the world.

This is without a doubt my 2nd line phone. And if this is a World Phone?! Well, I will always love my EVO, but have SIM, will travel!

Sounds nice. For my upgrade I was comparing this with the EVO. Why would this phone have zoom for the camera and no flash? That was the deal breaker for me, plus I am not too keen on the side sliders.

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

Now.

Stop.

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 they 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.

http://androidforums.com/samsung-behold-2/82735-push-t-mobile-samsung-su...

right; except it's up to sprint to bring these updates forward. Like the (waaaay late but still there) 2.1 update we saw not too long ago on the Moment. I think the phone will do just fine. In the past they have f@#$ed up pretty hard, but they're working on it (ish).

Not that apple is all that better. Comparable to Big Brother (1984, people, please don't ask and look like an idiot)? Yes. Awesome Hardware? Yes. Socialist-style app market? Most definitely. I miss my iPhone but the corporate monster, Steve Jobs, would never let it be used to it's full potential without sacrificing warranty. Ufck that.

HTC provides a great line of phones, especially the Evo, but I gave up my iPhone because I wanted a physical keyboard! WHERE IS THE LOVE, HTC? I WANT A KEYBOARD, TOO! Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for stuff you love. I wouldn't mind having an Evo but I'll miss the keyboard a helluvalot.

Not quite... the manufacturer is responsible for developing the update. The carrier only pushes it out! Samsung f-ed everyone over on the Behold II, not T-mobile. For this reason, and their move to Yahoo services from Google on Android, I'll never buy a Samsung Android phone.

This could be the best phone on e market and it will fail epicly due to the poor busy structure that samsung has when it comes to their mobile department

I'm praying this comes out with a tilt screen... I'm still looking for a good replacement for HTC TouchPro2

A tilt screen is realy a great feature and most of new phones are lacking it (accept for old HTC and some Nokias). Typing is incomperably more comfortable. It's also useful when presenting pictures on a business meeting and in plain or train, where you can just put your phone on a desk and enjoy movies. I think I like the ckicking thing tough.

I hope that some of the designers are reading these comments :)

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