Note that this is NOT the next generation Samsung Galaxy S that's expected to land this year.

I believe Samsung had decided to release this handset so the company can have enough supply of SuperAMOLED display for Samsung Galaxy S2 - the legit follow up to the best selling Android handset of 2010 - while not having to drop or discontinue the original Galaxy S.

samsung galaxy sl


Samsung Galaxy SL looks almost like its popular sibling with quite few design differences; Most noticeable of which is its Super Clear LCD display in contrast to Samsung Galaxy S' Super AMOLED screen. Note that Samsung Galaxy SL's display is similar to what's found on Samsung Wave 2. While not as brilliant or as eye-popping as SuperAMOLED, Super Clear LCD nonetheless delivers clear and crisp display that can be viewed even in broad daylight.

Also, Samsung Galaxy SL is a bit taller, thicker and heavier than its predecessor. The original Galaxy S has dimensions of 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 millimeters and weighs 119 grams. Galaxy SL, on the other hand, flaunts dimensions of 123.7 x 64.2 x 10.6 millimeters and weighs 131 grams. The only good thing about this is that Galaxy SL comes with a bigger battery, which should give longer uptime.

We've yet to receive word from Samsung on this handset's global release date and actual pricing details. I'm guessing though that it will hit store shelves either in March or April with a price tag of around Php 27,000 -- hopefully, even less. And considering how popular Samsung Galaxy S is here in the Philippines, I reckon it's highly unlikely for Galaxy SL not to be released here. Please stay tuned for updates.

In the meantime, check out the complete technical specifications of Samsung Galaxy i9003 SL;

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy i9003 SL
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High-End
Dimensions123.7 x 64.2 x 10.6 mm
Weight 131 g
Available Colors Black, White
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo
Display 4-inch, Super Clear -LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 800 pixels, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass
Processor 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU
PowerVR SGX530 GPU
TI OMAP 3630 chipset
Camera 5 MegaPixels, 2592x1944 pixels with autofocus and no flash
Video Capture High-definition, 720p at 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback MP4/DivX/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
Ports microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
Network 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100
Memory 16GB of internal storage, 478 MB RAM user available, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Battery Li-Ion 1650 mAh
Uptime Standby of up to 610 hours on 2G Standby of up to 550 hours on 3G Talk time of up to 15 hours on 2G Talk time of up to 7 hours 30 minutes on 3G
Value-Added Features Swype Text Input, Document Editor, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, etc.
Announcement Q1 2011
Availability Q1 2011
Price TBA