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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.