Two videos have been floating around the internet of an as yet to be announced device known as the Samsung Galaxy R. Think of it as a Samsung Galaxy S II, but with a 4.2 inch LCD screen versus a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, a 5 megapixel camera that can capture 720p video versus an 8 megapixel camera that can do 1080p video, and an NVIDIA Tegra 2 inside versus Samsung’s own Exynos 4210 processor; oh and it’s also slightly thicker. Judging the Galaxy R at this point is rather difficult since we don’t know how much it’s going to cost. If it’s far cheaper than the Galaxy S II, then it’ll be a smashing success. If it’s less than 100 Euros cheaper, then we question why this thing was created in the first place. There have been more variants of the Galaxy S II than we can count. There’s the one with NFC that right now only ships in South Korea, there are two in Europe, one with the Tegra 2 inside, one with the Samsung Exynos inside, there are going to be at least three in America, one for every operator except T-Mobile, and it’s rumored that the AT&T variant will have a slide out QWERTY keyboard … in other words, keeping track of all this is giving us a headache. Is the Galaxy R for you? If you can’t afford the Galaxy S II, then the answer is probably yes.
All that being said, we think this isn’t the right time to buy an Android device. Google announced a new version of their OS dubbed “Ice Cream Sandwich” in May that will be on devices towards the end of this year. Those smartphones are set to feature buttonless designs, ridiculously high resolution screens, and who knows what else. Think of it like this, the more time you wait to buy, the more you can save up to get the very best.
Wait until Q4 2011.