Samsung Galaxy SL appears out of nowhere

Samsung Galaxy SL appears out of nowhereWe can hardly wait for the smattering of mobile goodies Samsung looks set to have lined up for Mobile World Congress, which starts just 10 days from now.

And by the looks of things Samsung seems pretty excited too, as it's clearly saved its Sunday best for what's set to be one of the stars of MWC – that Galaxy S2.

Why else would it be holding back all its favourite digital goodies from the also-imminent Galaxy SL, another new face that looks set to be heading out the factory door soon?

Never heard of the Galaxy SL? Until today, neither had we actually. According to Indian site NewTechnology, it's the successor to the Galaxy S, but it looks more like an update rather than the Galaxy S2 under a different name.

Samsung is clearly holding onto its stocks of Super AMOLED screens and Hummingbird processors for the Galaxy S2, as the SL features a 1GHz Texas Instruments chip and a Super Clear LCD panel instead.

It's still massive at 4in across, and the 5-megapixel camera is typical mid-range Android fare these days. Speaking of which, it's Android 2.2 Froyo doing OS duty here, rather than the newer Gingerbread we're expecting on the Galaxy S2, another sign that this is most likely just an update or variation to the original Galaxy S to extend its life-cycle.

So far the SL has been lined up for Asia and the Middle East, although Engadget now adds it'll be on offer in Germany too. Will we be seeing this mystery new Samsung in the UK? Time will tell.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2011 at 09:08

Good news for the many people who can't stand Samsung's AMoLED screens...ahem...me.

mrew42  Feb. 4, 2011 at 09:43

@JanSt: What's up with the AMoLED screen? I've always found it pretty good to look at.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2011 at 10:34

They hurt my head lol. Seriously, since Samsung launched the Jet, everyone of their AMOLED screen has been just a bit screamingly garish... Is probably a genetic thing :p
I think it might be the combination of the deep black and their bright icons? I don't have a problem with Nokia's or HTC's AMOLED...

Kashim  Feb. 7, 2011 at 15:56

Well to some extent I must agree. Waking up in the night to look at my Desire's AMOLED screen really does hurt the eyes so a super AMOLED probably is a bit worse. That being said the screen is beautiful when watching films.

I might consider picking this one up as a second handset.

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