Announced during the CTIA Wireless earlier this year, Samsung's next high-end Android smartphone is expected to be launched later this summer. Powered by Android 2.1, the Galaxy S features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz. Additionally, the phone features WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and comes with aGPS, a digital compass, an accelerometer and proximity sensor. The inbuilt memory of either 8 GB or 16 GB can be expanded with microSD cards up to 32 GB. The autofocus camera on the back supports 5 megapixel but lacks a supporting flash light. However, the phone comes with an additional front facing camera for UMTS video telephony.
One of the real highlights is the large 4" WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED touchscreen, a new technology Samsung showed the first time during the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Super AMOLED delivers an unrivalled screen quality, with less reflection, free viewing angles and super-fast touch-response. The used mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) is a technology, Samsung used so far for its best-selling LCD and LED TVs – to boost an even sharper and crisper viewing experience for photos, videos and e-books. It's hard to describe the brilliancy of Super AMOLED but the best comparison might be to think of a van Gogh canvas with backlight! The brilliancy is simply amazing!
Other than that, the Samsung Galaxy S comes with three main keys on the front (settings, home and back) but there's no D-pad or optical trackpad used. On the left side, the device has the phone typical volume up/down rocker, while with the right side key, the device is switched on or off. A camera shutter key, as Samsung used it for most other smartphones before, is left.
The release of the Samsung Galaxy S is expected anytime June or July. It's already on pre-order from several online retailers including Amazon and Expansys for something around 490 Euro - 600 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne