Samsung has released its brand new high-end Android-based Galaxy S smartphone to the European market and a release date for the US has also been announced. The Galaxy S will be shown at a press event in New York on June 29.
There is still a lot of work to be done with this phone for the US market, including carrier adoption and marketing plans. Rumors have it that the phone will land on T-Mobile on July 21, however, other unofficial information suggests that all major mobile operators in the country are interested in the Samsung S.
The phone comes with a 4 inch super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16 million colors, and 480 x 800 pixels resolution. The display is equipped with TouchWiz 3.0 UI for easy navigation, multi-touch imput method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rate, Swype text imput and proximity sensor for auto turn-off.
Samsung Galaxy S is equipped with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and video recording capabilities of 720p at 30 fps. In addition, it comes with stereo FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP connectivity support, GPS with A-GPS support, microUSB 2.0, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps.
The handset is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM and comes with at least 8GB of internal memory. Its standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh offers up to 6 hours talk time in 3G and 576 hours in stand-by mode.
The Samsung Galaxy S will without question have an impact on the US mobile phone market. Its main competitors is the Apple iPhone and, perhaps, the HTC EVO 4G.