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Samsung's Galaxy S

Samsung's Galaxy S

The latest Android handset to be unveiled at CTIA 2010 is Samsung’s Galaxy S. Much like HTC’s upcoming handsets, Samsung has paired Android 2.1 with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor – this time throwing in a 4-inch (800×480) Super AMOLED display with Samsung’s mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) technology used in its LCD and LED TVs – which allows the phone to fit into a slim form factor of just 9.9mm thick.

Galaxy S hardware

Connectivity includes quad-band EDGE and tri-band 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps, 900/1900/2100MHz) with a cherry on top in the form of by 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.

There’s a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and 720p (30fps) video recording capability, and the choice of 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage can be supplemented by microSDHC cards of up to 32GB.

We’ll have to wait and see whether the 1500 mAh battery has enough juice to get a power user through the day.

Galaxy S software

Samsung is clearly shooting for the crown of multimedia phones, giving the Galaxy S unrivaled format support including DivX HD, XviD and MKV video and FLAC audio.

Layar Reality Browser comes pre-installed, saving you the 30 seconds or so it would take to find it in the Android Market and download it. There’s also ThinkFree for editing Office 2007 documents, and Swype text input.

Of course, Samsung has their own ‘Social Hub’ which integrates your social networks, but it’s at the stage now where we’d be more surprised if a smartphone was announced that didn’t include this kind of functionality.

Availability

The Galaxy S will be available “soon” in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia and Asia – we’ll have to keep you posted on the pricing.

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