Samsung Electronics is introducing a new Galaxy R smartphone, its first to feature Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor with dual cores running at one gigahertz. The Galaxy R also has a GeForce graphics processor unit (GPU) to support hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash content as well as full HD video capture and playback at 1080p.
Powered by Google's Android 2.3, Gingerbread, the smartphone sports a bright 4.2-inch LCD touchscreen with 800x480 resolution, a front-facing five-megapixel camera with LED flash, and a rear-facing two-megapixel camera for self-portraits and video chats. The handset also comes with 8GB of built-in memory and support for an optional 32GB SD memory card.
"Because it has a GeForce GPU, you can play high-end console-quality games," said Nvidia social-media editor Will Park. The Galaxy R ships "with an app on the phone called Tegra Zone, [which] serves up a collection of Android games that Nvidia has helped optimize for the Tegra 2 chip."
A Portfolio Booster
The Galaxy R promises to further boost Samsung's already red-hot smartphone portfolio in competing with other Android handsets from Motorola and LG Electronics that also use Tegra 2 processors and GeForce GPUs. Already available in Sweden, the Galaxy R is slated to launch in Asia and in other parts of Europe in the near future.
Sales of Samsung's new Galaxy S II surpassed five million units in the first 85 days of availability. Moreover, Samsung expects Galaxy S shipments to accelerate in the second half of this year due to its launch in China, the world's largest mobile-device market.
Apple led the global smartphone pack in the second quarter by shipping 20.3 million iPhones. However, Samsung posted the largest year-over-year growth of any vendor in the three months through June, shipping 19.3 million units.
"Samsung overtook Nokia to become the world's second-largest smartphone vendor in the second quarter," noted Strategy Analytics Director Neil Mawston. Samsung's shipments grew a huge 520 percent annually, for a 17 percent global smartphone market share."
ABI Research believes Samsung is well positioned to overtake Apple in the global smartphone market. "Right on the heels of Apple, Samsung had an amazing second quarter with approximately 19 million smartphone shipments," noted ABI Senior Analyst Michael Morgan. "Going forward, the top smartphone OEM position is Samsung's to lose."
Winning the Smartphone Race
Whether Samsung can overtake Apple in the third quarter will depend on whether Apple launches the iPhone 5 in September or October. Recent surveys by Piper Jaffray suggest that pent-up demand for the iPhone 5 will boost Apple's shipment numbers in the second half of 2011.
The financial firm's analysts believe their iPhone shipment estimate of 22 million in the third quarter may be conservative. "Of those Verizon subs who do not have an iPhone but plan to buy an iPhone next, 74 percent are specifically waiting for the iPhone 5," noted Piper Jaffray analysts Gene Munster and Andrew Murphy. "At AT&T, that same metric is 53 percent."
However, Apple's smartphone growth in the third quarter might remain flat if Apple delays the iPhone 5 launch until October. According to Piper Jaffray, this would shift about two million shipments to the fourth quarter, giving Samsung an opening to overtake Apple in the third quarter.
Samsung recently told investors that it anticipates 15 percent shipment growth in the second half of 2011 as consumers upgrade to new smartphones. "The smartphone race has become a close three-way battle between Apple, Samsung and Nokia," Mawston said.
Posted: 2011-08-10 @ 7:08pm PT
this article is so bad...
Posted: 2011-08-10 @ 1:07pm PT
Please research your story properly. The Galaxy S2 is dual core and was out before the Galaxy R.