Samsung announces the Galaxy Premier, leaves the UK off the release schedule

Samsung Galaxy Premier frontSamsung has launched a new Android smartphone named the Galaxy Premier, and it’s best described as an updated Galaxy Nexus hiding inside a Galaxy S3-inspired body. Needless to say, it’s a very interesting device. There is a “but” coming, but before we get there, let’s examine the specification.

The Galaxy Premier has a 4.65-inch screen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, a notch below the S3, but the same as the Galaxy Nexus. Inside the phone is a 1.5GHz, dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, plus either 8GB or 16GB of storage memory and a microSD card slot to provide up to another 64GB.

Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the operating system of choice, and Samsung has not only added its own TouchWiz user interface, but also the various software tweaks found on the S3, including S Voice, Pop-Up Play and Smart Stay.

Other features include an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, plus a 1.9-megapixel video call lens, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 2100mAh battery.

All this makes the Galaxy Premier a great replacement for the now-discontinued Galaxy Nexus, which has been replaced in Google’s range by the Nexus 4.

Sadly though, it’s not looking like the Galaxy Premier will make it to the UK, as it has been announced for the Ukraine and Russia in November, followed by Asia, China and Korea in December. It appears Samsung isn’t targeting Europe and the UK with this one. There’s still time for it to change its mind though, and if it does make it here, the price could be around £420 SIM-free.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars