Samsung launches new Galaxy phones

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Samsung has released a slew of new Galaxy phones at a time when its smartphone lineup is facing legal challenges from Apple in Europe.

The South Korean manufacturer announced four models: the Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy W, Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro. All will run the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

As part of its reorganisation of "class designators," Samsung has created four categories: S for Super Smart (the top end phones), W for Wonder, M for Magical and Y for Young (the entry level models).

What we say...

"Samsung has seemingly come out of nowhere to become one of the top mobile phone manufacturers due to a combination of factors.

While more well-established names such as Nokia and Sony Ericsson have been complacent, Samsung has stepped in by establishing a reputation for Sony-like quality, but at lower prices, as well as its well-known Galaxy brand. The less said about the new 'class designators,' however, the better..."

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"As we continue to expand our successful portfolio of Galaxy Family Android devices, we have introduced steps to ensure these products are easier for customers to identify," said Simon Stanford, managing director for mobile at Samsung UK and Ireland.

"The announcements of Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy W, Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro will build on the success of the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones adding yet more choices for consumers whether they want a top end smartphone or one with more basic functionality our aim is to have a product that's right for them."

The Galaxy W comes with a 1.4GHz Processor and a 3.7in touchscreen, whilst the Galaxy M Pro comes with QWERTY keyboard and a 1Ghz chip.

As for the lower end models, the Galaxy Y features a 832MHz processor and three inch screen, whilst the Y Pro comes with the same processor, as well as a 2.6in screen with a QWERTY keyboard.

The legal tussle between Apple and Samsung has taken plenty of twists and turns recently. Earlier this week, Apple reportedly wrote a letter to a Dutch court asking for all Galaxy phones and tablets to be returned to Samsung from channel partners in Europe.

Tom Brewster

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