Samsung Galaxy R Style launched in Korea
Offers up Ice Cream Sandwich and LTE connectivity
Published: 1 June, 2012
In the Galaxy SIII's release week Samsung has churned out yet another tempting smartphone packing some hardware which is typical fare for high-end devices from the company. The handset follows on from last year's Galaxy R, in name at least, and is due to be released in Korea starting next month.
Underneath its 4.3" Super AMOLED display the handset comes with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and there's 16GB of internal storage. RAM also isn't mentioned but it is going to feature NFC connectivity and be powered by a 2000mAh battery. With 4G LTE connectivity on board as well users will no doubt appreciate the bigger battery. It's not the thinnest phone out there but is still skinny at 9.8mm.
Not surprisingly the handset will ship with Android 4.0 already installed, overlaid with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. Overall it's a decent package but doesn't do much to differentiate itself from the rest of the Galaxy-maker's other high-end devices. The specs are very similar to the Galaxy SII though the new device has the obvious advantage of LTE connectivity and a bigger battery (compared to the SII's 1650mAh pack).
For anyone in South Korea who fancies buying a smartphone which isn't the Galaxy SIII but still packs a punch and looks cool the R Style is going to set them back 700,000 won ($594). When it hits carriers potential customers will have to decide between GSM/3G/LTE or GSM/3G/CDMA 1xLTE connectivity. There's no word yet on when this one will reach markets outside Korea though for once Samsung fans might not be so bothered as they'll have the SIII to drool over.
Hopefully the white case won't cause iPhone-esque problems like the Galaxy SIII's ceramic blue finish which has been responsible delays in shipping out the handset.