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Rival To A Cheaper iPhone 5? Samsung Galaxy Z Spotted In Sweden

Samsung will apparently launch a more affordable iteration of its popular Galaxy S2 handset called the Galaxy Z; it has been seen in Sweden courtesy of mobile phone operator 3 for roughly £30 per month.

The Galaxy Z could well be seen as an interesting rival to a cheaper version of the iPhone 5 that many are expecting to be launched at the same time as a full fat version in September.

The handset is expected to come with an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC with two cores clocked at 1GHz, which is not a lot slower compared to the 1.2GHz of the Samsung Exynos 4210 SoC that equips the Galaxy S2.

The screen itself is not much smaller than the Galaxy S2's (4.2-inch vs 4.3-inch) but is not of the same vein (Super LCD vs Super AMOLED plus); it does carry the same resolution as the Galaxy S (480x800 pixels) and at 9.5mm and 135g is just a bit stockier than its elder brother.

Actually, one may say that it is an updated version of the Galaxy S since it keeps the same camera (a five megapixel rear camera with HD video recording option), the same amount of onboard memory (8GB which can be augmented using a microSD card reader) and Gingerbread.

As some have noted, the handset looks like a combination of the I9003 Galaxy SL and the Galaxy S. No details as to whether it will be sold on other mobile phone networks and at what price.

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.