Samsung's Galaxy S Smartphone to Debut in 100 Countries Worldwide

Samsung Electronics announced Wednesday it will launch its Galaxy S smartphone through 110 mobile operators in over 100 countries at the same time.

In the U.S., the Android-powered device will debut with all four of the nation's largest mobile operators -- AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint Nextel. It is the first time for the cut-throat competitors to unveil the same product simultaneously. Each mobile operator will offer the same essential product, although the designs will vary a bit, Samsung said.

Other wireless providers to offer the device include Vodafone of the U.K., Orange of France, Germany's Deutsche Telekom, and Japan's NTT DoCoMo.

Models pose at the worlds first launch event for the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone in Singapore last week. /Courtesy of Samsung Electronics Models pose at the world's first launch event for the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone in Singapore last week. /Courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung's flagship smartphone is viewed as a rival to the Apple iPhone, which currently dominates the world smartphone market. "The Galaxy S display viewing angles are bordering on perfection," GSMArena, a leading electronics review website, praised. "The sensitivity is as good as is to be expected in a capacitive touchscreeen unit." It is "the new leader of the Android pack."

CNET, a popular U.S. tech news website, called the Galaxy S one of the most-anticipated smartphones of the year.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 03, 2010 11:42 KST