As noted last month, Samsung at IFA 2011 said it would expand the Galaxy S family with new “R”, “W”, “M” and “Y” branded smartphones. Today, they made good on that promise by unveiling the Galaxy R (“R” as in Royal) smartphone in Taiwan. It actually first debuted in Sweden back in August as the Galaxy Z, but it took the company a little more than a month to re-brand it under the Galaxy R moniker. The 4.19-inch handset with Super Clear LCD has virtually the same innards as its Galaxy S counterpart, sans Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 chip.

It’s actually Samsung’s first Tegra-powered Android smartphone. Other features include Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Tegra 2 chip’s GeForce GPU lends itself great to high-end games, 1080p video output and Adobe Flash. Tegra-optimized games are available through the Tegra Zone app on Android Market. It will be interesting seeing whether the Galaxy R can beat Galaxy S’s Exynos 4210 chip said to clock the fastest GPU on any smartphone today.

For now, the Galaxy R is available in Sweden and Taiwan for a suggested retail price of NT$15,900, or about $546. Samsung said the phone would come to other regions “soon”, including North & Eastern Europe, South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia and China. Nvidia’s video tour of the Galaxy R is right after the break.


FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author