Samsung's Flagship Android Sails

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Zurich, Switzerland - Samsung launched its flagship smartphone, the Android 2.1-based Galaxy S, in Europe in preparation for a U.S. launch later this year.

The phone,

unveiled earlier this year

at the CTIA convention, will be Samsung's first U.S.-market phone with 1GHz processor and the company's first U.S. phone with brighter and less-reflective proprietary Super-AMOLED display, executives said. In the U.S., it will also download movies and TV shows from Paramount and books and periodicals from Skiff's planned online store for viewing on the 4-inch WVGA touchscreen display.

The European version of the full-touchscreen phone features 3G HSPA technology (7.2Mbps down/ 5.76Mbps up) for use in 900/2100MHz networks outside the U.S. and in U.S. 1900MHz networks for roaming. When it comes to the U.S., it will be one of a small but growing number of phones with HD camcorder, 1GHz processor, and included movie-download service. Movies can be downloaded by the phone's built-in Wi-Fi, and books would be downloadable via Wi-Fi and 3G.

Samsung also claims the device would be the thinnest smartphone on the market at 9.9mm in depth.

Other key Galaxy S features include 720p high-definition video capture and playback at 30fps; DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certification to stream stored audio, pictures and HD video to other home electronics products; wireless Wi-Fi tethering to a single laptop to double as a 3G modem; and 16GB of embedded memory. A MicroSD slot is included to expand memory.

The Galaxy S also doubles as a remote control for Samsung TVs, presumably through a connection to a home network.

The phone also supports Android 2.1's Layar Reality Browser, a camera-connected points-of-interest Internet-search function that lets users view their outdoor environs through the phone's camera lens and see written information about businesses inside the buildings.


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