Samsung Galaxy S Launches in Europe, ‘Landing Soon’ in the US

I reported two weeks ago that the phone was listed on Amazon.de for 650, but that price has dropped to 499.97 with 8GB of storage and 534.59 with 16GB of storage.

AndroidandMe wrote about the launch of the phone in Europe, saying:

The Samsung Galaxy S went on sale in the UK last week and Samsung held a huge launch party for the phone in Zurich, Switzerland over the weekend. We were able to find a YouTube clip that offers a fairly short description of the entire event.

CNET reportedly received a package from Samsung containing a sneak peek (pictured below) for the Galaxy S. With the teasers already in major tech news outlets in the US, it’s hard to imagine that the launch is more than a month away.

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Samsung Galaxy S Launches in Europe, ‘Landing Soon’ in the US

Here’s Samsung’s press release taken from MobileCrunch:

Samsung Galaxy S Launches With Industry-Leading Tech Innovations

More than 100 operators around the world choose Samsung Galaxy S as their main driver of the smartphone market

ZURICH, Switzerland June 2, 2010 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S (Model: GT-I9000), a new class of smartphone that will deliver a wealth of experiences. smart, immersive and integrated for users. The Samsung Galaxy S will change the way people think of smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S has been very well received by retailers and operators around the world; in fact, more than 100 mobile operators around the world have selected Galaxy S as their main driver of the smartphone market. Available throughout Europe at launch, the Galaxy S will roll out to the rest of the world, including the United States, later this year.

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The Samsung with Android Galaxy S will set a new standard for smartphones, and the enthusiasm we have seen from operators and retailers for this device is proof of that, said JK Shin, president and chief executive officer of the mobile communications business. The Samsung Galaxy S is the perfect device for people in all corners of the world who want that extra edge; to be more effective, productive, better connected and in tune with your personal and professional smart life, all in a very easy and simple way. We are very confident that this device will be very successful in all markets.

As part of Samsung’s push to democratize the smartphone market, the Galaxy S will be the flagship of the range of smartphones that Samsung will introduce this year. It will also offer better opportunities for developers and new sources of income for operators. JK Shin continued: Everyone will benefit from this revolutionary new device – from the phone-in-hand consumer, to app developers and the many global carriers that have signed up to support the Galaxy S. This is truly a phone for the entire ecosystem.

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With Samsung’s dazzlingly bright 4-inch Super AMOLED display and a 1 GHz application processor, the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S is designed to deliver immersive, smart, and integrated experiences, with the power to enrich people’s lives through the best services and technologies. It will introduce people to the concept of Smart Life, a smart phone experience that is simple, organized and integrated; one that enriches the lives of users.

The Galaxy S features Samsung’s super-fast TouchWiz 3.0 user interface (UI), which gives users instant access to their mobile lives. Smart Life is further enabled through intuitive and integrative features, including Swype text input service, Rich Augmented Reality Browser, Layar, and advanced Location Based Service (LBS) capabilities.

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More than 50,000 applications from Android Market and Samsung Apps will allow users to further expand the benefits and excitement of the smartphone experience. Users have access to Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, and Google Maps.

Galaxy S Key Features

* eBook – Provides a best-in-class reading experience on the phone. Customizable fonts, easy text search, and intuitive book list management offer a convenient and personalized reading experience.
* HD Video – Super Fast 1 GHz processor enhances HD video recording and playback capabilities on the dazzling Super AMOLD display.
* Daily Briefing – Provides instant access to weather, news, stocks, and the schedule.
* All Share: enables connectivity between devices through DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology.
* Augmented reality: shows the users environment and shows information about the camera view. Tele-Atlas POI provides more complete information than ever.
* Swype: provides a quick and easy way to enter text on the screen while on the go.
* Write and go: first write down an idea and then decide on a format like SMS / MMS, email, calendar or note.
* ThinkFree: applications for viewing and editing Microsoft Office 2007 documents.
* Smart alarm: you wake up with a natural alarm sound and the screen light turns on automatically.

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Check out this YouTube video showing the launch event in Zurich.

Other sources: AndroidandMe, AndroidGuys, MobileCrunch

Images from CNET and AndroidandMe

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