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Samsung Galaxy R UK Bound Ahead Of Cheap iPhone 5 Debut

There's a little doubt as to whether the Samsung Galaxy R, otherwise known as the i9103BUK, will be available in the UK SIM-Free and without contract, but at least Expansys has put it on preorder, though without any pricing or delivery details.

There has been (and still is) much speculation about whether the handset which has been announced elsewhere in Europe, will be rolled out in the country.

The phone, which is set to replace last year's Samsung Galaxy S, comes with almost the same hardware, but with two notable exceptions.

There's a 1GHz nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core SoC which replaces the Cortex A8-based Samsung Hummingbird SoC. Then the screen chosen by Samsung is a 4.19-inch WVGA Super LCD capacitive screen; the same resolution but no Super AMOLED this time.

No details as to the amount of onboard system memory and onboard storage; the Galaxy S came with 512MB RAM and at least 8GB flash storage.

The rest of the specification includes a five-megapixel camera with AF and LED flash plus a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with Samsung's own TouchWiz UI v4.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, DLNA, A-GPS, a microSD memory card slot, a 1650mAh battery all in a chassis that's only 9.5mm thick and resembles the Galaxy S a lot.