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Samsung Galaxy R (GT-I9103)
Samsung Galaxy R logo.png
Manufacturer Samsung Electronics
Related Samsung Galaxy S II
Type Touchscreen smartphone
Dimensions 125.3 mm (4.93 in) H
66.1 mm (2.60 in) W
9.5 mm (0.37 in) D
Weight 135 g (4.8 oz)
Operating system Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) with TouchWiz UI 4.0 - Final official update till Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
CPU 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 250 AP20H SoC processor Ventana
GPU GeForce ultra-low power (ULP)
Memory 1 GB RAM
Storage 8 GB flash memory
Removable storage microSD (up to 32 GB)
Battery Li-ion 1650 mAh
Data inputs Multi-touch touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer, aGPS, and stereo FM-radio[1]
Display 800×480 px, 10.8 cm (4.27 in) at 218 ppi WVGA Super CLEAR (LCD)
Rear camera 5 Mpx with auto focus, 720p 30fps HD video recording and stills. Single LED flash.
Front camera 1.3 Mpx for video chatting, video recording (VGA), and stills
Connectivity 3.5 mm TRRS; Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 3.0; Micro USB 2.0; DLNA;
Other Exchange ActiveSync, integrated messaging Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub, and Game Hub
SAR Head: 0.26 W/kg 1 g
Body: 0.42 W/kg 1 g
Hotspot: 0.417 W/kg 1 g[2]

The Samsung Galaxy R (Royal) (I9103) is an Android smartphone that was announced by Samsung on August 10, 2011 as a variant to the Samsung Galaxy S II.[3]


The Galaxy R was launched in September 2011 in Taiwan.[4]


This mobile set suffered some problems and its production was stopped due to hardware problems. Many people reported that the phone had gone dead, and was not able to boot even after the re-setting the mobile phone and many other issues. Samsung started replacing the Galaxy R Handset with Galaxy S. This problem was specifically noticed in the phones released in India. There has been no official stance taken by Samsung. Limited stock release remains the reason stated by many of its dealers and customer service centers.



Nvidia's Tegra 2 System on a chip (SoC) uses Nvidia's own GeForce ultra-low power (ULP) for its GPU.[5]

Nvidia's Tegra 2 supports the Tegra Zone application and service[6] which is intended to give Android users an enhanced gaming experience by allowing users to download games that have been well optimized for Tegra 2 powered devices. This has been marketed as "console-quality gaming" by Nvidia.[7] Tegra 2 also features support for hardware acceleration for Flash and Javascript within websites, and is one of the first SoCs to be natively supported by Android 3.0 (a.k.a. Honeycomb).[8]


The Galaxy R features 1 GB of dedicated RAM and 8 GB of internal mass storage. Within the battery compartment there is an external microSD card slot.


The Samsung Galaxy R uses a 108.5-millimetre (4.27 in) WVGA Super CLEAR LCD (SC-LCD) capacitive touchscreen. It has a 4.2" 16 million colours screen, without using the Pentile matrix.


On the back of the device is a 5-megapixel camera with single LED flash that can record videos in high-definition 720p. There is also a fixed-focus front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calling, taking photos as well as general video recording. The video recording has been criticized for the lack of focus.


GPRS: Class 33, EDGE: Class 33, HSDPA: 21 Mbit/s; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbit/s, WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth: Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0


Android 2.3 and 4.0[edit]

The Galaxy R ships with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) installed. An Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for the Galaxy R was released in August 2012.[9]

After-market development[edit]

Android Jelly Bean 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3

Official CyanogenMod CM 10.1 (Android 4.2)[10] and PAC man ROM (Android 4.2)[11] firmware releases are available for Galaxy R.

Unofficial CM 10 (Android 4.1) and CM 10.2 (Android 4.3) is available for download at Many other unofficial custom ROMs: Paranoid Android, AOSP, MIUI, JellyBAM, Carbon ROM, Vanilla Rootbox, JellyBeer, Avatar, Resurrection Remix, LiquidSmooth, to name a few, are also available for download.[12]

Android Kitkat 4.4

Official OmniROM 4.4[13] was released for the Samsung Galaxy R and is available for download in the OmniROM website.

Unofficial builds of CyanogenMod CM 11[14] and CarbonRom 4.4[15] are also available for download.

User interface[edit]

The phone employs the latest proprietary Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 user interface.

Bundled applications[edit]

Four new Samsung 'Hub' applications were revealed at the 2011 Mobile World Congress for the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy R includes the same:

Social Hub
Which integrates popular social networking services like Facebook and Twitter into one place rather than in separate applications.
Readers Hub
This hub provides the ability to access, read and download online newspapers, ebooks and magazines from a worldwide selection.
Music Hub
An application store for downloading and purchasing music tracks on the device. Samsung has teamed up with 7digital to offer this service.[16]
Game Hub
An application store for downloading and purchasing games. Samsung has teamed up with partners including Gameloft to offer this service.[16]
Other applications
More applications include Kies 2.0, Kies Air,[17] AllShare (for DLNA), Voice Recognition, Google Voice Translation,[18] Google Maps with Latitude, Places, Navigation (beta) and Lost Phone Management, Adobe Flash 10.2, Polaris Office application and 'QuickType' by SWYPE.

Media support[edit]

The Galaxy R supports various audio formats including MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, FLAC, XMF audio formats and video formats support for MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1. Recording & Playback in up to 720p HD video files.[19] Unlike the Exynos 4210 found in the Galaxy S II, the Tegra 2 has been found to not support 'high profile' encoded h.264 video.[20][21] A recent kernel for ICS (developed by a xda developer) also enabled the mobile to support HDMI output support via micro USB to MHL cable..

See also[edit]

Other phones with Tegra 2 SoC:


  1. ^ "Samsung Announces the GALAXY S II, World's Thinnest Smartphone that Will Let You Experience More with Less". 15 February 2011. 
  2. ^'A3LGTI9103', ID=1494900
  3. ^ "AnandTech - Samsung Galaxy R Announced - A Tegra 2 Smartphone". AnandTech. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Taiwan market: Samsung launches Galaxy R smartphone". DIGITIMES daily IT news. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "NVIDIA Tegra 2". Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Tegra Zone – Discover and Get the Best Games for Android and Tegra-Powered Devices". Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  7. ^ "Nvidia Tegra – The World's First Mobile Super Chip". Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  8. ^ "Android 3.0 Honeycomb to use NVIDIA Tegra 2 as reference platform". Mobile Magazine. 16 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Samsung Offers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade for GALAXY devices
  10. ^ "Cyanogen Mod under Development". 
  11. ^ PAC man ROM for Samsung Galaxy R i9103
  12. ^ After Market Development for the Samsung Galaxy R i9103
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  14. ^
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  16. ^ a b "Samsung Galaxy S2: what you need to know". TechRadar. 14 February 2011. 
  17. ^ YouTube - Samsung Kies Air Demo (Samsung Galaxy II)
  18. ^ YouTube - Samsung Galaxy SII - Voice Translator Demo
  19. ^ "Samsung Unveils Cheaper 'Galaxy R' Android Smartphone Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 Processor". Androidful. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Boxee Box ditches NVIDIA's Tegra 2 for Intel CE4100, pre-orders start today at $199". Engadget. 13 September 2010. 
  21. ^ "Samsung Galaxy SII (S2): Exynos 4210 VS Tegra 2 – Which Version Will Be Better". Inspired Geek. 13 March 2011. 

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