Samsung denies Galaxy R set to land in UK

The Galaxy R - coming to the UK or not?
The Galaxy R - coming to the UK or not?

Reports that the Samsung Galaxy Z, a watered-down version of the fancy Galaxy S2, is coming to the UK have been played down by the Korean firm.

The phone, which features a dual 1GHz Tegra 2 processor and slightly smaller 4.3-inch screen without the Super AMOLED Plus screen, was supposed to be coming to the UK as the Galaxy R - but we have since received the following statement from Samsung:

"To date, the Samsung Galaxy R has not been confirmed for the UK Market.

"However Samsung currently has a range of Galaxy handsets available in the UK, including the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Ace, and is committed to providing a range of smartphones at varied price options to suit different consumer needs."

Neither here nor there

It's a pretty vague statement to be honest - it doesn't preclude the possibility if the Galaxy R coming to the UK at some point, but we'd be surprised if there's a place in the market for a phone that comes with similar, but not quite as good, specs to the popular Galaxy S2.

Given the Galaxy S2 is now available for just £25 per month already, it seems unlikely that the networks would pick up the Galaxy R - do you think that a cheaper but not-quite-as-good version of the S2 is something that could fly in good ol' Blighty?

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.