Samsung recently launched Samsung galaxy R GT-I9103 a cheaper and downgraded version of Samsung galaxy S2. Released on 3rd of October 2011 in Sweden, the device is now available in all the major cities of the world. Priced closely to Samsung galaxy W and S Plus. It’s a high mid range phone. In India it is available for INR 25,000 almost 5k less than the S2.
Galaxy R borrows heavily from its Predecessor S2 in looks, design and appeal. However the dimensions vary largely as galaxy R is 135 grams thicker than the S2. It comes with a 4.2 super clear LCD screen which is brighter than the 4.3 super AMOLED Plus screen of S2. It also has a nice metallic finish body to give users a premium feel of the product which in case of S2 is not satisfactory. S2 has a plastic body which makes it look cheaper as contrary to its price.
Coming to its processor and the overall functionality of the device. It is powered by 1 GHz Dual core chip which makes the web browsing experience fast and smooth. It runs on latest Android 2.3.4 version of Gingerbread whereas S2 is Dual Core 1.2 GHz ARM which is comparatively faster than galaxy R.
The main difference between the two phones is their camera. Galaxy R features a 5MP camera whereas the S2 boasts of 8MP camera. Both the phones give users a wide variety of options, to crop, resize and edit the photos with a preloaded photo editor. A user can customize the settings as per his or her choice in landscape, portrait or panorama mode or change between the two cameras. The videos are played in 720p which is the maximum resolution whereas in S2 it is 1080p.
Comparing the two videos the quality of picture delivered by galaxy R is much better than the quality of video of S2 because of a better video card than the quality of movie clips delivered by the Tegra II chip.
Both the phones are tough on competition as the pricing is also very close. The conclusion however rests in the hands of the users as they will have to decide what works best for them a faster processor, a better pixel camera or simply a better price.
Other companies which have launched similar kind of devices is Sony and HTC. Sony Xperia Arc has unique design which makes the device very stylish. Also it’s main USP is its 8MP camera. HTC Sensation has an amazing HTC sense technology which makes the competition even tougher.