The Samsung Galaxy S was officially launched on June 29th in New York City. By the end of this year, the smartphone reach 110 countries and 100 carriers. Around the world, the Galaxy S has been launched in Germany (June 1), Singapore (June 6), France, Korea (June 22) and many other countries and is well received. Back in Samsung’s CTIA keynote, JK Shin announced Samsung’s vision “to advance the democratization of the smartphone” and “to make smartphones available for everyone, regardless of cost, need, lifestyle or geographic location.” Indeed this is coming to effect.
You may have landed on this article to feel the experience of the launch or recently felt a need to understand the buzz about the Samsung Galaxy S. We will deliver this as well as more:
- NYC Launch of Samsung Galaxy S in the US
- Comparisons to Samsung Galaxy S
- More media about Samsung Galaxy S and press release
1. NYC launch of the Samsung Galaxy S
Six carriers will launch their own versions of the Samsung Galaxy S in the US:
- T-Mobile – Samsung Vibrant [Launch: July 15th]
- AT&T – Samsung Captivate [Launch: July 18th]
- Verizon – Samsung Fascinate [Later this year]
- Sprint – Samsung Epic [Late this year]
- US Cellular – TBA
- Cellular South –TBA
We have written about them in this article to explain the differences: NYC launch update: Samsung Galaxy S will be named Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate, Epic, and Galaxy S in 5 US carriers
At the heart of the event: Kim Titus, PR Director, reminded us that the Galaxy S series was the fulfillment of a new device that would change the mobile world. He brought J. K. Shin on stage, president of their mobile division, to explain their smartphone is not just smart but brilliant having the best in both hardware and software upon three key focuses: speed, screen quality, and content. He went on to add that the race for the best smartphone has just started, and Samsung is already at the finish line.
Omar Khan, Chief Strategy Officer, later came in. He started with how Samsung has been the #1 provider of mobile phones for 7 quarters in the non-smartphone industry. The audience was reminded about how AMOLED was revolutionary in 2009 before expounding how good the 4 inch super AMOLED and display ability is:
- lightning response time
- exceptional color fidelity
- and contrast ratio that is above average to HDTV.
- Hummingbird 1 GH Cortex A8 was presented as a bonus, rendering graphics “second to none.”
BrainLazy shared their experience about how it felt throughout the whole event:
The party began with ominous black suited ushers ferrying us to the top floor of what appeared to be an unassuming warehouse near the Jacob Javit center. The whole thing had a very “Classified Government Agency” feel, right up until the massive industrial doors opened to what could have been a nightclub. There was thumping music, drinks were flowing, and every corner of the floor was littered with kiosks showing off the star of the show, fully operational and ready for the eager fingers of the viewing public …
They have cleverly recorded the whole event on the international version of Samsung Galaxy S from UK:
Part 1: Entering, KeyNote, Outdoor Kiosk [9:26 mins]
Part 2: B.O.B. performance while tinkering with many phones [8 mins]
2. Comparisons to Samsung Galaxy S
This is a collection of comparisons to the Samsung Galaxy S that we have written: Screen and Navigation:
- Engadget reviews iPhone 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S screen display war
- Samsung Galaxy S vs. HTC Desire (Multi-touch)
- Display Screen Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S and iPhone
- superAMOLED uses similar PenTile Matrix
- HDBlog’s video comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S and Wave vs iPhone 4
- Screen Test under Sun and Shadow for TFT, AMOLED, superAMOLED technologies
- Comparison of iPhone 4 vs. Samsung Wave and Samsung Galaxy S
- Comparison of HTC Desire vs. Samsung Galaxy S
- Comparison of Motorola Droid X vs Samsung Galaxy S
- Network: HSUPA 900/1900/2100; EDGE/GPRS 850/ 900/1800/1900
- Dimension: 64.2 X 122.4 X 9.9 mm (119g)
- Display: 4.0” WVGA(480×800) 16M SUPER AMOLED; mDNIe(Mobile Digital Natural Image engine); Multi-touch zoom
- OS: Samsung Android 2.1 (Eclair) and TouchWiz 3.0
- Samsung Apps / Android Market: Various applications downloadable
- Social Hub: Integrates SNS, email, and calendar accounts
- CPU Processor: Samsung Cortex A8 1GHz Hummingbird
- Battery (Standard) Li-pol, 1,500mAh: Talk time : 2G/ 769 minutes, 3G/ 391 minutes; Standby : 2G/ 750 hours, 3G/ 625 hours
- Camera: 5.0 Megapixel AF camera; Self Shot, Action Shot, Add me, Cartoon Shot, Smile Shot
- Video: HD Video Player & Recorder (1280 x 720) @ 30fps; codec: DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, VC-1; format: 3gp(mp4), AVI(divx), MKV, FLV, H.263Sorenson
- Music: Music Player with SoundAlive, 3.5mm Ear Jack; MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/OGG/WMA/AMR-NB/AMR-WB/WAV/MID/AC3/IMY/FLAC/XMF
- Memory: 16GB/8GB+ MicroSD(Up to 32GB)
- Android Browser: Flash Lite3.1, RSS reader
- Light sensor: Accelerometer sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
- Additional Features: Layar Reality Browser powered by Tele Atlas, Swype, Write & Go, ThinkFree, Aldiko e-book
4. Collections of media about Samsung Galaxy S and press release
If you are well acquainted with the Samsung Galaxy S and more concerned about the differences, please head over to the fellowing article that will differentiate the Samsung Galaxy S variants in the US: NYC launch update: Samsung Galaxy S will be named Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate, Epic, and Galaxy S in 5 US carriers
Kim Titus, PR Director presents the Samsung Galaxy S, following are good articles to take a read:
- Official: http://galaxys.samsungmobile.com/
- Samsung “Smart Life” @ Home
- Samsung “Smart Life” @ Travel
- Samsung “Smart Life” @ Work
- Samsung “Smart Life” @ Social
- GSMArena: “Samsung I9000 Galaxy S review: From outer space”
- Engadget: Samsung Galaxy S preview
- Slashgear: Samsung Galaxy S review
- Disassembly of the Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Welcomes You to the “Smart Life” with the Global Launch of the Galaxy S
Powered by 4-inch Super AMOLED and the latest version of Android™,
Galaxy S brings rich technology and enhanced mobile experience
LAS VEGAS, March 23, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today introduced the Galaxy S (Model: GT-I9000), a smartphone that makes users’ lives more convenient, more exciting, and more integrated. JK Shin, president and head of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communications Business announced the global launch of the Galaxy S at his keynote speech at the International CTIA Wireless 2010. The Galaxy S will be available in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia, and Asia soon.
The Android-powered Galaxy S incorporates a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor that enables vibrant HD videos, rich augmented reality content through Layar Reality Browser, and advanced LBS (Location Based Services). The ‘Social Hub’ provides always-on social networks connectivity allowing users to enjoy communications with their friends, colleagues, and families whenever they want and wherever they are.
The Galaxy S is designed to provide immersive, intelligent and integrated experiences, with the power to enrich people’s lives through best-in-class services and technologies. The Galaxy S will allow users around the world to experience the “Smart Life,” which Samsung anticipates will shift the way that consumers view smartphones and how they interact with them in their daily lives.
The Galaxy S immerses users in a world of rich multimedia. The large 4-inch Super AMOLED display delivers unrivalled screen quality, with less reflection, free viewing angles and super-fast touch-response. The mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) – a technology used in Samsung’s best-selling LCD and LED TVs – boosts an even sharper and crisper viewing experience for photos, videos, and e-books. It creates a perfect environment to record, edit and play HD video, to browse the Internet, and to read your favorite e-books. A variety of applications from Android Market™ allows users to even more extend the benefits and excitement of smartphone experience. Plus, users have access to Google™ mobile services, such as Google Search™, Gmail™, and Google Maps™.
Living a “Smart Life” requires intelligence, and the Galaxy S delivers just that by utilizing personal preferences to gather information online that each user needs and wants. With a user-defined daily briefing, lightning-fast processing speeds and location-based search options like Layar Reality Browser – the Galaxy S gives users the information they need wherever and whenever needed. The Galaxy S represents the next level of intelligence in smartphones.
The Galaxy S integrates every aspect of life in a smart and sophisticated way. In addition to wireless integration with a variety of other devices, such as notebooks, TVs and cameras, the highly advanced Social Hub plugs users quickly and conveniently into their complete world of social networking and email.
“The Android-powered Galaxy S will set a new standard for smartphones,” said JK Shin, president and head of Mobile Communications Business. “The 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 their smart life – both personal and professional – all in a very easy and simple way.”
Other Key Features
• Daily Briefing: Offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and the scheduler.
• All Share: Enables inter-device connectivity via DLNA (Digtal Living Network Alliance) technology.
• Home Cradle: Enables use as a digital photo frame, table clock, calendar, and music station.
• Write and go: Jot down an idea first and later decide on a format such as SMS/ MMS, email, calendar or memo.
• Swype: Provides fast and easy way to input text on screen while on-the-move.
• ThinkFree: Apps to view and edit Microsoft Office 2007 documents.
• Smart Alarm: Wakes up with a natural alarm sound and automatically turned-on display light.
The Galaxy S is exhibited at The International CTIA Wireless at booth # 1023.
Note to Editors:
JK Shin, Keynote Speech “Future of the Smartphone is NOW”
At Samsung’s CTIA keynote address this morning, JK Shin unveiled the Galaxy S and discussed the company’s vision for ‘Democratization of Smartphone’. With an increasingly challenging and dynamic market environment, Samsung is continuing to innovate to stay ahead, looking to smartphones as the core of its strategy. According to industry estimates, global sales of smartphones will double by 2013 and account for one-fourth of all handset sales. With first-time buyers driving half of global sales, it’s clear that the appeal of smartphones is no longer limited to early adopters or even to advanced economies.
JK Shin announced Samsung’s vision “to advance the democratization of the smartphone” and “to make smartphones available for everyone, regardless of cost, need, lifestyle or geographic location.” This strategy points to Samsung’s commitment to deliver devices, applications and services that are relevant for every lifestyle and to empower users around the globe with access to the information and connections that produce valuable user experiences. Mr. Shin also introduced the Smart Life concept and said, “Smart Life is delivering a smartphone experience that is simple, organized and integrated. And Smart Life is flexible and versatile, allowing smartphone users to customize their user experience to fit their own needs.” Based on feedback from U.S. consumers, this philosophy embodies Samsung’s drive to build a new class of smartphones that will maximize user experiences.