Jul 6, 2011

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Z, S2′s Little Brother

With just a short time elapsing between the release of the Galaxy SII mobile phone and Galaxy 10.1 and 8.9 tablets, it seems Samsung’s “Galactic” conquest won’t be stopping anytime soon.
The South Korean tech manufacturer is on a roll, this time announcing the Galaxy Z mobile phone, a lower-spec version of the SII smartphone.
The new phone is slotted to be a midrange phone between  the Galaxy SII and I9003 Galaxy SL models. It sports a 4.2-inch WVGA Super LCD display, with a Tegra 2 chipset under the case. Powering up the device is a dual-core Cortex A9 clocking in at 1GHz, which is nearly tablet-level speed.
The setup runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Facebook, Youtube and Twitter apps come preinstalled, which is a measure of how much social media apps have become essential even for mobile phones. An FM radio is also included, a throwback to the days when Nokia reigned supreme with its radio-equipped candybar phones.
As a low-spec companion to the range-topping SII, the Galaxy Z carries only a 5MP auto-focus camera capable of recording 720p video, but not full HD clips.  Connectivity comes in the form of Wi-Fi, onboard GPS, Bluetooth, and TV-out. The phone carries 8GB in its internal memory, with a microSD slot capable of handling 32GB memory cards.
Samsung says the Samsung Z’s 1650mAh battery allows a talk time of up to 9 hours, with a standby period of up to 620 hours. Of course, this depends on what apps and connections are running. The phone measures 125.3 x 66.1 x 9.5mm and looks diminutive in large hands, as in the pic above. It tips the scales at just 135 grams.
Strangely enough, the new model was released not by Samsung itself, but by the Swedish mobile telecom company Three. According to the mobile phone site GSM Arena, which first got the scoop, the Galaxy Z is now available for pre-order in Sweden with a price tag of €435, or about $630. No word yet on whether it will be available in other countries.


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