Samsung announces Galaxy Premier

Reporting rumors is a risky business, and this one is no different. Not too long ago, a device with the i9260 moniker was believed to be the next Google Nexus smartphone, and instead it's the Samsung Galaxy Premier (codename i9260).

On its Ukrainian website, the South Korean corporation announced the device, which comes with a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display (indicative of a PenTile matrix) and a resolution of 1280 by 720. There is no word on the processor or amount of RAM, but it will be available with 8GB or 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. Depending on the market, the Galaxy Premier will feature 4G LTE or HSPA+ cellular connectivity. The latter will allow downloads up to 21Mbps and upload speeds up to 5.76Mbps. The real kicker is the operating system -- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

On the back there is an 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash that is capable of 1080p video recording, while on the front is a 1.9MP HD camera. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n; GPS with Glonass support; NFC; Bluetooth 4.0 are present on the connectivity forefront. As far as sensors go it comes with an accelerometer; digital compass; proximity sensor, light sensor and gyroscope. A 2,100 mAh battery powers the Galaxy Premier. At 134.2 x 68.02 x 8.99 mm it's slightly shorter, narrower and thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Starting in November the phone will be sold in Russia and a month later in Ukraine. Galaxy Premier will be available in China, South Korea and South East Asia as well. The price for the Samsung Galaxy Premier is UAH5,555, which translates into roughly $680.

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