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No Samsung Galaxy Z Smartphone For UK Says Samsung

Samsung has confirmed that it won't be selling the Galaxy Z smartphone yet in the UK in a statement issued to UK tech news website the Inquirer.

A spokesperson (opens in new tab) for the company said that there were no plans currently to launch the Galaxy Z in the UK market, possibly because the Galaxy S is still a popular phone.

The handset was spotted in Sweden, courtesy of mobile phone operator Three Mobile in that country, and costs around £400 (or 3,995 Swedish Krona) which is 50 per cent more than the Galaxy S and just a tad cheaper than the Galaxy S2 at £500.

The Galaxy Z is both thicker and heavier than the aforementioned smartphones at 9.5mm and 135g and comes with Super Clear LCD technology rather than the Super AMOLED displays on the previous Galaxy S series, a clear indication that Samsung is trying to cut corners.

It comes as a surprise however that Samsung has chosen to offer a 4.2-inch screen rather than the 4.0-inch one on the Galaxy S with a WVGA resolution; the S2 comes with a 4.3-inch model.

The rest of the configuration leaves us to believe that it is an upgrade to the Galaxy S rather than a downgrade from the S2; there's a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 8GB onboard storage, a five megapixel camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.