Samsung Galaxy R goes to Taiwan, will be in stores this month
The Samsung Galaxy R is the Galaxy S II‘s smaller and less capable brother, yet not by much. In fact, size-wise, it’s almost identical to its sibling. The main feature here though will be the fact that it will be cheaper than the Galaxy S II, while obviously forgoing some of that model’s perks such as the Super AMOLED screen. Is it worth it to have a model so closely resembling another one? Probably. Flooding the market with near-identical devices has always been a nuisance for us tech bloggers, but a rather good strategy overall – ever since the days Nokia used to do just that. Over the past year or two though this has clearly been Samsung’s game, and don’t be surprised if they rise to the No.1 phone maker spot helped in part by this strategy.
But back to the Galaxy R. It’s been officially announced for the Taiwanese market. The device that will launch over there is the same as the Galaxy R we’ve seen elsewhere. It will be available in Taiwan before the end of this month for an estimated price of NT$ 15,900, which translates into approximately US$538 or €392 at today’s exchange rates.
The Samsung Galaxy R has a 4.2-inch Super LCD touchscreen, a 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording, and 21 Mbps HSPA. It will come with preinstalled games such as Dead Space and NFS Hot Pursuit. Taiwanese carriers Chungwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile will also add their own bloatware in the form of Hami Music, Hami Bookstore, Hami Apps Store, ezPeer Online Music, and the MoFun app.