Samsung Galaxy S launched in Europe, Coming to U.S. soon


Last week's news was all about the launch of the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint and I'm sure you've all heard by now that Apple has announced the new iPhone 4.  But since we are an Android dedicated site, I thought it would be good to focus on the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S.

Most of us have been completely oblivious to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S.  We reported last week that Samsung was going to roll the handset out to over 100 countries this month, but we didn't have any indication of which countries were on the list and when the phone would actually show up.  Well, apparently we have already missed the first few launches of the Galaxy S.


The Samsung Galaxy S went on sale in the UK last week and Samsung held a huge launch party for the handset in Zurich, Switzerland over the weekend.  We've been able to find a YouTube clip which gives a pretty brief overview of the entire event.  For those looking to get a little more information on the Galaxy S, Samsung has officially launched the handset's site.  They have a pretty comprehensive overview of the handsets features, pictures, and quite an impressive interactive user guide.

As always, prices for unlocked GSM phone varies quite a bit.  A quick Google search shows that the price range Samsung Galaxy S goes from $499 for the 8GB model all the way up to $979 for the 16GB model.  When the handset finally does hit carriers across the UK and the rest of Europe, subsidized pricing for the Galaxy S could drop to almost nothing with a new two year contract with data plan.


Just to give you a taste of some of the impressive features the Samsung Galaxy S is packing, check out the list below:

  • DLNA client and server support
  • 4 inch Super AMOLED capacitive display (480—800 pixels)
  • 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus (supports 720p video recording)
  • Front facing VGA camera for video calling
  • DivX and XviD codec support including AVI and MKC file types
  • 8 or 16GB of onboard storage in addition to MicroSD card slot
  • Android 2.1
  • Swype, Aldiko, and ThinkFree (mobile office software) pre-installed

A United States launch could be right around the corner. Several members of the press have already received teaser packages which claim the phone is "landing soon". We reported the Galaxy S could appear on all four major carriers with the most likely being AT&T and T-Mobile.

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