Jun 07 AT 4:25 PM Nick Gray 35 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S launches across Europe, landing soon in U.S.

Last week’s news was all about the launch of the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint and I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Apple has announced the new iPhone 4.  But since we are an Android dedicated site, I thought it would be good to focus on the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S.

Most of us have been completely oblivious to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S.  We reported last week that Samsung was going to roll the handset out to over 100 countries this month, but we didn’t have any indication of which countries were on the list and when the phone would actually show up.  Well, apparently we have already missed the first few launches of the Galaxy S.

The Samsung Galaxy S went on sale in the UK last week and Samsung held a huge launch party for the handset in Zurich, Switzerland over the weekend.  We’ve been able to find a YouTube clip which gives a pretty brief overview of the entire event.  For those looking to get a little more information on the Galaxy S, Samsung has officially launched the handset’s site.  They have a pretty comprehensive overview of the handsets features, pictures, and quite an impressive interactive user guide.

As always, prices for unlocked GSM phone varies quite a bit.  A quick Google search shows that the price range Samsung Galaxy S goes from $499 for the 8GB model all the way up to $979 for the 16GB model.  When the handset finally does hit carriers across the UK and the rest of Europe, subsidized pricing for the Galaxy S could drop to almost nothing with a new two year contract with data plan.

Just to give you a taste of some of the impressive features the Samsung Galaxy S is packing, check out the list below:

  • DLNA client and server support
  • 4 inch Super AMOLED capacitive display (480×800 pixels)
  • 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus (supports 720p video recording)
  • Front facing VGA camera for video calling
  • DivX and XviD codec support including AVI and MKC file types
  • 8 or 16GB of onboard storage in addition to MicroSD card slot
  • Android 2.1
  • Swype, Aldiko, and ThinkFree (mobile office software) pre-installed

A United States launch could be right around the corner. Several members of the press have already received teaser packages which claim the phone is “landing soon”. We reported the Galaxy S could appear on all four major carriers with the most likely being AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Source: Samsung Mobile

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website DROID Sam

    Ok, I think we can see that Samsung is actually putting some muscle behind the Galaxy S. That launch party in the video looked like is cost a few million dollars to put on. They wouldn’t do that if they were not makign the hnadset a priority. Everyone in the U.S. has the EVO to drool over, but here in euarope, the Galaxy S is where all the excitement is right now!

  • http://Website Wayne

    If this comes to T-Mobile, it may make me think twice about dropping them for the Evo 4G.

    • http://Website Wayne

      On second thought, nah I’m definitely getting the Evo 4G. I trust HTC and I have a feeling they will support that phone for quite some time.

      • Prince77

        Wayne, I already did it. I had that POS Behold 2. I am not going to spend anymore money on a Samsung phone. It’s messed up that the Evo is on Sprint. If it was on T-Mobile it was good as bought. But they decided to have the HD2 on T-Mo, which is crazy because everyone would be getting an Evo. They are both the same phone just one runs Windows and the other Android.

    • http://Website Drew

      Boy oh boy! I can’t wait for Scamsung to trick me into buying yet ANOTHER phone of theirs only to drop support in five months.. love Behold2 owner

  • http://Website ari-free

    Yes, this may not be their first Android phone but it is their first ‘Droid.’ Until now, Verizon was the only big player pushing Android and since it is US only, the rest of the world was unaware of its marketing campaign.

    • Prince77

      Ari, what are you talking about? The Behold 2 was an Android. It was just garbage. I believe they just put that phone together quick to test out the Touch Wiz and then modified and perfected it for the Galaxy S. That to me was some BS to have a POS like that, you see they aren’t giving it nothing more than Android 1.6 because they are pushing everything into the Galaxy S.

      • http://Website ari-free

        Behold wasn’t a flagship phone. It was like the G1. A first gen experiment.

  • http://Website Nexus Owner

    I def would like this phone if it didn’t have touch-wiz…bummer! Same reason i wont go for an EVO, i enjoy my updates far too much lol!

  • kleverbear

    June 19th???

  • http://Website bubbles

    I do not see T Mobile USA getting this device. T Mobile seems to be moving backwards instead of forward. T mobile will not get it due to the specs are to high, they seem to go for kiddie devices or low end models, Besides the N1 and HD2, those are looking like the only 2 high end phones they will be getting for a while

  • http://Website Anthony

    These phones sure look tempting galaxy,evo etc makes me wanna dump my N1 LOL just kidding. Same processor and few bells and whistles and no froyo means bust

    • http://Website doctagadget

      It doesn’t have the same processor. It has the hummingbird processor which is faster than the snapdragon, and it has a dedicated GPU which the n1 doesn’t have. it should be better. and with the iphone 4 having that crazy high resolution, the super-amoled is the only thing that can compete against it.

  • http://Website Simon

    great phone, great specs
    but i’m still waiting for a high end superphone with stock android (vanilla) with a physical keyboard

  • http://Website ObsceneJesster

    @bubbles….T-Mobile will be getting this phone. It has already had it’s Bluetooth SIG approved. Here is the link to prove it. Also, there was a video review of the Phone done about a month ago and all of T-Mobiles exclusive apps were seen in the launcher. Here is the link for the Bluetooth SIG. (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_t959_is_the_tmobile_usa_version_of_the_galaxy_s-news-1660.php)

    @Simon…There is a option in the menu to turn off TouchWiz even thought it has been getting great reviews so you may end up liking it. GSM arena stated that once you use the TouchWiz UI, you will never want to use anything else. There are also rumors of a (Pro version) which comes with a full slide out keyboard. You can check out some of it’s features here (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9000_galaxy_s-review-478.php)

    @Anthony…The processor in this phone had a Hummingbird chip-set which makes it the fastest mobile processor available right now. GSM Arena stated that the Nexus One and HTC Desire do not live up to the Galaxy S standard.

    • http://Website Garet

      turn off touch wiz and you do not get updates unless they changed this from the behold2 yes I had openhome running on my behold 2 and guess what it wont get updates with alternative home apps running.

    • http://Website Name (required)

      Tmobile will definitely get it…. Tmobile UK

      ROFL!!

      Tmobile USA already has a “high end” android device. The MyTouch Slide!! HAHAHA Tmobile is doomed, as soon as Sprint gets the Evo back in stock i’m switching!!

    • HipHopIsLyfe37

      The Galaxy S Pro was just leaked today. You can see it on AndroidCentral, Engadget, AndroidandMe, and probably some other sites. It looks pretty sweet, especially with Sprint 4G

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    Simon, I’m with you on that one!

    This phone looks sexy for sure, I like the docking station and all the cool features, but I gota ta have me a qwerty..

    Tmobile are you listening?

  • http://digibits.org Ubercart Themes

    Galaxy S is coming to Thailand late june for $650 USD direct from Samsung stores.

    Looking forward to it as the Nexus one here is only available on the gray market.

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  • http://Website Harp

    It’s available for preorder in the UK but there’s still no clear date as to when it will be available.

  • http://Website Andy

    Just spoke to the T-Mobile (UK) upgrade team (after threatening to cancel) and the guy said the Galaxy S is showing as available from 11th June, however the date is not set in stone..

  • http://Website ObsceneJesster

    @Garet…..If that is the case then all you have to do is turn TouchWiz back on when you know there is a update waiting. I think it’s pretty safe to say that if you frequent these blogs, you will know when your phone is getting updated. Your post is almost irrelevant..

  • http://Website Jon

    This explains the recent launch of the navigation feature in major EU countries and of course the voice search, it’s a sexy phone.

  • macintosh

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmmorrison/4685041476/

    its getting seriously pushed by carphone warehouse (biggest non operator retailer in the UK)
    filling the window of every store.

  • http://Website jerrald

    pls how much is samsung galaxy s is going for in the USA? pls send to my box.thanks

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    That is great phone, but battery is so short. I wish it can hold as long as iPhone.

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    Samsung galaxy is good becaus its Upcoming Android phone 2011

  • http://bestusedsamsung.com/ HTC Touch Diamond 2

    Great phone and has a great specs. It’s available for preorder in the UK but there’s still no clear date as to when it will be available. Maybe you can also check HTC Touch Diamond 2, its a good phone also.

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  1. DROID SamGuest 5 years ago

    Ok, I think we can see that Samsung is actually putting some muscle behind the Galaxy S. That launch party in the video looked like is cost a few million dollars to put on. They wouldn’t do that if they were not makign the hnadset a priority. Everyone in the U.S. has the EVO to drool over, but here in euarope, the Galaxy S is where all the excitement is right now!

  2. WayneGuest 5 years ago

    If this comes to T-Mobile, it may make me think twice about dropping them for the Evo 4G.

    • WayneGuest 5 years ago

      On second thought, nah I’m definitely getting the Evo 4G. I trust HTC and I have a feeling they will support that phone for quite some time.

      • Wayne, I already did it. I had that POS Behold 2. I am not going to spend anymore money on a Samsung phone. It’s messed up that the Evo is on Sprint. If it was on T-Mobile it was good as bought. But they decided to have the HD2 on T-Mo, which is crazy because everyone would be getting an Evo. They are both the same phone just one runs Windows and the other Android.

    • DrewGuest 5 years ago

      Boy oh boy! I can’t wait for Scamsung to trick me into buying yet ANOTHER phone of theirs only to drop support in five months.. love Behold2 owner

  3. ari-freeGuest 5 years ago

    Yes, this may not be their first Android phone but it is their first ‘Droid.’ Until now, Verizon was the only big player pushing Android and since it is US only, the rest of the world was unaware of its marketing campaign.

    • Ari, what are you talking about? The Behold 2 was an Android. It was just garbage. I believe they just put that phone together quick to test out the Touch Wiz and then modified and perfected it for the Galaxy S. That to me was some BS to have a POS like that, you see they aren’t giving it nothing more than Android 1.6 because they are pushing everything into the Galaxy S.

  4. Nexus OwnerGuest 5 years ago

    I def would like this phone if it didn’t have touch-wiz…bummer! Same reason i wont go for an EVO, i enjoy my updates far too much lol!

  5. bubblesGuest 5 years ago

    I do not see T Mobile USA getting this device. T Mobile seems to be moving backwards instead of forward. T mobile will not get it due to the specs are to high, they seem to go for kiddie devices or low end models, Besides the N1 and HD2, those are looking like the only 2 high end phones they will be getting for a while

  6. AnthonyGuest 5 years ago

    These phones sure look tempting galaxy,evo etc makes me wanna dump my N1 LOL just kidding. Same processor and few bells and whistles and no froyo means bust

    • doctagadgetGuest 5 years ago

      It doesn’t have the same processor. It has the hummingbird processor which is faster than the snapdragon, and it has a dedicated GPU which the n1 doesn’t have. it should be better. and with the iphone 4 having that crazy high resolution, the super-amoled is the only thing that can compete against it.

  7. SimonGuest 5 years ago

    great phone, great specs
    but i’m still waiting for a high end superphone with stock android (vanilla) with a physical keyboard

  8. ObsceneJessterGuest 5 years ago

    @bubbles….T-Mobile will be getting this phone. It has already had it’s Bluetooth SIG approved. Here is the link to prove it. Also, there was a video review of the Phone done about a month ago and all of T-Mobiles exclusive apps were seen in the launcher. Here is the link for the Bluetooth SIG. (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_t959_is_the_tmobile_usa_version_of_the_galaxy_s-news-1660.php)

    @Simon…There is a option in the menu to turn off TouchWiz even thought it has been getting great reviews so you may end up liking it. GSM arena stated that once you use the TouchWiz UI, you will never want to use anything else. There are also rumors of a (Pro version) which comes with a full slide out keyboard. You can check out some of it’s features here (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9000_galaxy_s-review-478.php)

    @Anthony…The processor in this phone had a Hummingbird chip-set which makes it the fastest mobile processor available right now. GSM Arena stated that the Nexus One and HTC Desire do not live up to the Galaxy S standard.

    • GaretGuest 5 years ago

      turn off touch wiz and you do not get updates unless they changed this from the behold2 yes I had openhome running on my behold 2 and guess what it wont get updates with alternative home apps running.

    • Name (required)Guest 5 years ago

      Tmobile will definitely get it…. Tmobile UK

      ROFL!!

      Tmobile USA already has a “high end” android device. The MyTouch Slide!! HAHAHA Tmobile is doomed, as soon as Sprint gets the Evo back in stock i’m switching!!

    • The Galaxy S Pro was just leaked today. You can see it on AndroidCentral, Engadget, AndroidandMe, and probably some other sites. It looks pretty sweet, especially with Sprint 4G

  9. Mobile Porno VidsGuest 5 years ago

    Simon, I’m with you on that one!

    This phone looks sexy for sure, I like the docking station and all the cool features, but I gota ta have me a qwerty..

    Tmobile are you listening?

  10. Ubercart ThemesGuest 5 years ago

    Galaxy S is coming to Thailand late june for $650 USD direct from Samsung stores.

    Looking forward to it as the Nexus one here is only available on the gray market.

  11. HarpGuest 5 years ago

    It’s available for preorder in the UK but there’s still no clear date as to when it will be available.

  12. AndyGuest 5 years ago

    Just spoke to the T-Mobile (UK) upgrade team (after threatening to cancel) and the guy said the Galaxy S is showing as available from 11th June, however the date is not set in stone..

  13. ObsceneJessterGuest 5 years ago

    @Garet…..If that is the case then all you have to do is turn TouchWiz back on when you know there is a update waiting. I think it’s pretty safe to say that if you frequent these blogs, you will know when your phone is getting updated. Your post is almost irrelevant..

  14. JonGuest 5 years ago

    This explains the recent launch of the navigation feature in major EU countries and of course the voice search, it’s a sexy phone.

  15. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmmorrison/4685041476/

    its getting seriously pushed by carphone warehouse (biggest non operator retailer in the UK)
    filling the window of every store.

  16. jerraldGuest 4 years ago

    pls how much is samsung galaxy s is going for in the USA? pls send to my box.thanks

  17. Stal NarzędziowaGuest 4 years ago

    That is great phone, but battery is so short. I wish it can hold as long as iPhone.

  18. Sony ericsson xperia arc x12Guest 4 years ago

    Samsung galaxy is good becaus its Upcoming Android phone 2011

  19. HTC Touch Diamond 2Guest 4 years ago

    Great phone and has a great specs. It’s available for preorder in the UK but there’s still no clear date as to when it will be available. Maybe you can also check HTC Touch Diamond 2, its a good phone also.

  20. Dual core android phonesGuest 4 years ago

    Great samsung galaxy s , i think will be great with Dual core phones