The Samsung Galaxy R has been known as the variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II with similar hardware specifications. The Galaxy R reminds us of what Samsung did with the Galaxy S by launching a variant in the form of the Galaxy SL. Now, this fancied cheaper alternative to the Galaxy S II has been finally made official by Samsung. The Galaxy R broke cover in Sweden last month, where the device is now available, while other regions of Europe and Asia will follow soon. As you would expect from a cheaper variant, the Galaxy R doesn't exactly have the same specs as the GS2. That being said, the Galaxy R is something to look out for in the mid-range segment. The handset will go head to head with the LG Optimus 2x, which has been around for quite some time now.
The handset features a 4.19" Super Clear LCD touch screen, 5 MP camera capable of recording 720p video, 1 GHz dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, 8 GB of onboard memory with a microSD card slot expandable up to 32 GB, 1080p Full HD video playback, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is said that the Galaxy R will break cover in the Asian and European regions soon, though no specific release date is mentioned. Some sacrifices have been made to make the Galaxy R fit into the budget smartphone segment. The Super Clear LCD has replaced the Super AMOLED Plus display, the 8 MP shooter has been replaced by a 5 MP camera, which can merely shoot 720p videos and the 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos chipset has been swapped by a 1 GHz dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset.