If desktop and notebook OEMs are able to install hardware of differing performance levels into the same notebook and sell them for different prices to cater to a variety of consumer needs and desires, it would make sense that is was only a matter of time before smartphone OEMs start adopting this practice as well. And it seems that Samsung is all ready to start doing so with the introduction of the Galaxy Z, which, according to reports, is a slightly underpowered version of its current Galaxy S II smartphone.
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Apparently, there were rumors floating about that Samsung was planning to release a slightly "downgraded" version of its current Galaxy S II smartphone, but nothing beats having official information from the likes of either the Korean electronics giant or its partners to confirm or disprove the rumor. And as it stands, the rumor is currently looking very confirmed at this point of time, considering how details of a Galaxy Z smartphone have surfaced on Swedish telco Three Sweden's product page:
The writeup provided by Three Sweden in its product page describes the Samsung Galaxy Z smartphone as a "little brother" of sorts to the established Galaxy S II, a statement which is backed up by the device's hardware specifications. Apparently, the Galaxy Z will utilize a 4.2-inch Super Clear LCD screen capable of WVGA resolutions, while a yet-unknown 1GHz dual-core processor (rumored to be NVIDIA's Tegra 2 System-on-a-Chip) provides the smartphone with the raw power it needs to perform most general-purpose tasks.
In addition, Three Sweden has confirmed that the Galaxy Z will be running off version 2.3 of the Android operating system (aka Gingerbread) and will come with support for a variety standard features such as Wi-Fi, GPS and an FM radio tuner. Last but definitely not least, the Galaxy Z will also sport 5MP camera which is capable of a 4x digital zoom and HD video recording support, while the device's 8GB internal memory can be expanded via the use of microSD cards with capacities of up to 32GB.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy Z does not appear to be available for sale anywhere outside of Sweden at this point of time, where it is priced at 3995 Kr or approximately US$633.