Samsung unveils high-def Galaxy S Android smartphone

Samsung unveils high-def Galaxy S Android smartphone

Summary: The handset, which will be available 'soon' in Europe, has a pre-installed productivity suite and is able to shoot 720p video at 30fps


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  • Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S, a new Android handset, at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

    The smartphone has a 4-inch Super Amoled touchscreen with a resolution of 800x480 pixels. This type of screen is much brighter and more suitable for outdoor use than the standard LCD screen found on most handsets.

    According to Samsung, the screen uses the mobile Digital Natural Image engine (mDNIe) also found in the company's LCD and LED television sets.

    Samsung said the Galaxy S — which runs Android 2.1 on a 1GHz application processor — will be available in Europe "soon", and no UK pricing has been given.

  • The Galaxy S will come with either 8GB or 16GB of built-in storage, and also has the option of adding a microSD card.

    The device has a 1,500mAh battery. It measures 64.2 x 122.4 x 9.9mm and weighs 118g.

    Samsung is offering various customised functions on the Galaxy S, including 'Write and Go', a method of jotting down an idea before choosing whether to send that text as an SMS or email, or file it as a calendar entry or memo.

    The manufacturer is also incorporating Swype, which is a text input method that lets the user drag their finger from key to key, in order to type faster on the virtual keyboard.

    Preinstalled Android apps include the ThinkFree productivity suite, the Layar augmented reality browser and the usual suite of Google applications.

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

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