Samsung Galaxy SL
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|Compatible networks||GSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad-band (850, 900, 1,800, and 1,900 MHz)
HSPA Tri-band (900, 1,700, and 2,100 MHz)
HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s
HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s
|First released||February 2011|
|Related||Samsung Galaxy S|
|Dimensions||123.7 mm (4.87 in) H
64.2 mm (2.53 in) W
10.6 mm (0.42 in) D
|Weight||129 g (4.6 oz)|
|Operating system||Android 2.2.1
upgradable to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 3.0/4.0 user interface
|System on chip||Texas Instruments OMAP 3630|
|CPU||Single core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Processor|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX530 @ 200MHz|
|Memory||486 MB user-accessible RAM|
|Removable storage||microSD (expandable up to 32 GB)|
|Data inputs||Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
Ambient light sensor Magnetometer
|Display||SuperClear LCD, 4.0 in (100 mm) diagonal
480×800 px WVGA (233 ppi), 16M colors
|Rear camera||5.0 MP with autofocus, (2,560 x 1,920 resolution)
720p HD video recording @ 30 fps
|Front camera||0.3 megapixels VGA (480 x 640)|
The Samsung Galaxy S LCD or Samsung Galaxy SL (GT-I9003) is an Android smartphone designed and manufactured by Samsung Electronics that was released in February 2011. It features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 4 GB of internal flash memory, a 4-inch (10 centimeters) 480×800 pixel WVGA Super Clear LCD capacitive touchscreen display, Wi-Fi connectivity, a 5-megapixel camera with a resolution of 2560x1920, and a front-facing 0.3 MP (640x480) VGA camera.
The Samsung Galaxy SL has a 10.16-centimetre (4.00 in) SuperClear LCD touch screen, protected by Gorilla Glass. The SC-LCD is cheaper than the AMOLED display used in Samsung Galaxy S. Furthermore, the display consumes more power compared to SuperAMOLED displays, although the phone ships with a higher capacity battery than the original Galaxy S to compensate for it. An advantage of the SuperClear LCD display over the SuperAMOLED one is that the latter uses a PenTile Matrix layout that some users find less visually appealing, while the former is a true RGB display.
The Samsung Galaxy SL uses the Texas Instruments OMAP 3630 SoC, which includes a 45 nm 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 based CPU core with 65 nm Imagination Technologies' PowerVR SGX 530 GPU which supports OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0.
The phone was originally shipped with Android 2.2.1 Froyo, with Samsung's own proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 user interface. Samsung started to rolled out updates in July 2011 for upgrading to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Users are required to use Kies PC Suite for upgrading to Gingerbread. Samsung also announced that the upcoming "value pack" update is expected to bring performance improvements to the phone, including TouchWiz 4.0, face unlock, etc. to all of their legacy Galaxy line smartphones. As of mid-June 2012, the value pack has been available in several regions.
Along with default Android apps, a few extra apps are included, like Voice Memo, Mini Diary, ThinkFree Document viewer, and Layar augmented reality browser. Like many other Samsung Galaxy devices, the playback of DivX/Xvid videos is supported. Adobe Flash 11 plugin for Android is also present.
Android 4.X Support
On April 2012, Samsung announced that an official update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will not be provided, as they felt that all Galaxy S line did not have enough memory (RAM) to run their own proprietary TouchWiz user interface on top of Android 4.0. However, developers such as the CyanogenMod team, Dheeraj Cvr and some users at XDA-Developers have produced unofficial updates for the device to Android 4.4 KitKat, based on Android Open Source Project source code. Unofficial support for Android 4.4 KitKat has been made available since November 2013.
The phone comes with support for many multimedia file formats, including audio codecs (FLAC, WAV, Vorbis, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MID, AC3, XMF), video codecs (MPEG4, H.264, H.263, Sorenson codec, DivX HD/ XviD, VC-1) and video formats (3GP, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI, DivX, MKV, FLV).