First Tegra 2-Powered Samsung Device Confirmed For UK

Korean mobile giant Samsung has confirmed its first Tegra 2-powered handset, the Samsung Galaxy R, is heading to British shelves.

Samsung revealed in a press release: ‘NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics have announced the latest Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy R, which sports a 4.19-inch screen, features the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile super chip and the Android 2.3 (also known as Gingerbread) operating system,’ leading to a few raised eyebrows from within the mobile industry.

The device first surfaced a couple of months back as the Samsung Galaxy Z, later reappearing as the Galaxy R alongside some spec details. However, whilst it was understood that the handset would feature a dual-core processor, the type of CPU wasn’t known.

Also onboard is NVIDIA’s GeForce GPU – widely claimed to be the ultimate mobile graphics processor – as well full HD video capabilities, Flash support, and console-standard gaming.

As is becoming standard on handsets featuring NVIDIA-produced chips, access to the Tegra Zone app store is included so as to enable users to take advantage of Tegra-optimised games (and help NVIDIA exhibit its gaming prowess).

Michael Rayfield, general manager of NVIDIA’s mobile business said: “Samsung’s newest super phone shows off Tegra’s multimedia power, and is a great example of what consumers expect from one of the world’s top phone makers”

Other specs were also confirmed by Samsung and include, 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen, Android 2.3, 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback,  and 8GB of internal memory expandable up to 32GB via Micro SD.

The GALAXY R is available in Sweden now and is pencilled in for launch in other regions including North & Eastern Europe, South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China. Hopefully, the UK will fall under the North Europe banner.

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