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Samsung outs the Galaxy Premier, launches in Russia first

The device is a watered down Galaxy S3 that will likely never make its way to the U.S.

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The Samsung Galaxy Premier.
Samsung Galaxy Premier Samsung

Samsung is targeting Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia with a new handset.

Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Premier, the device is basically a watered-down version of the Galaxy S3, boasting a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display, HSPA+ or LTE service, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.

According to Samsung, the handset is running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and includes all kinds of extras, including Bluetooth 4.0 support, near-field communication, and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage, though users can add more storage through the device's microSD card.

Rumors that the Galaxy Premier would be launching soon popped up earlier this month. As expected, the device will likely not make its way to the U.S., since the higher-end Galaxy S3 is already available in that market. Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Premier in Russia next month, followed by a Ukraine launch in December. The device will then be rolled out across Southeast Asia, China, and Korea.

(Via Sammy Hub)