Samsung Galaxy — Another Rival in Superphone Universe

People are still buzzing about the HTC EVO, which debuted yesterday at the CTIA trade show. There’s good reason for the buzz — fast processor, large display, high-definition video recording and speedy 4G service. But if you take away the 4G, another phone appeared yesterday that rivals the EVO on paper. I’m talking about the Samsung Galaxy S, which ought to appeal to folks with a GSM provider.

In lieu of a Qualcomm Snapdragon (s qcom), Samsung went in-house with their own 1 GHz CPU, but hasn’t released any further details on the chip. The 4″ display is SuperAMOLED that should provide vibrant color — handy for watching video on the 800 x 480 screen. Google’s Android 2.1 (s goog) lies beneath, but Samsung’s new SmartLife user brings some customization and social networking updates to the home screen. The 5 megapixel camera takes stills of course, as well as 720p video at 30 fps. HSPA — the faster 7.2 kind — Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi round out the connectivity options.

Between Samsung’s Galaxy, the HTC EVO, and Nexus One, it looks like a new standard for high-end smartphones is taking shape. A 1 GHz CPU paired with high-res display, fast mobile broadband, and HD or near-HD video capability is the status quo right now. The age of the superphone is here, although you’ll have to wait a bit — Samsung hasn’t yet announced pricing or a release date, saying the phone will be available soon. Funny — the EVO and Galaxy S share that trait too.

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