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Samsung Galaxy R Positioned As Alternative To Cheaper iPhone 5

The Samsung Galaxy R was officially presented today and it looks as if it is in fact that Galaxy Z whose existence emerged earlier this month; Samsung had said that it will not be selling the Galaxy Z in the UK.

The Galaxy R is a cheaper version of the Samsung Galaxy S2 (or a slightly better version of the Galaxy S) and is set to fight the rumoured more affordable version of the iPhone 5 to the death.

So according to Cnet UK's Flora Graham (opens in new tab), the Galaxy R has a bigger screen than the S but smaller compared to the S2 (4-inch vs 4.2-inch vs 4.3-inch) - all three have WVGA resolution. The R is also thicker and slightly heavier, possibly a move to allow the S2 to keep its competitive advantage intact.

Like the Galaxy S, the rear camera is a 5-megapixel model with HD recording capabilities with a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing. We suspect that the Galaxy R might come with the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC rather than the Samsung Exynos 4210.

Other specs include 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card reader, Wi-Fi and Samsung's proprietary user interface alongside Android Gingerbread. There's also a new feature called Kies Air which allows the Galaxy R to be controlled remotely.

The phone is expected to be launched towards the end of July and is likely to be priced between the Galaxy S and the S2 so possibly around £350-ish.

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.