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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, 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.