The Android-powered flip phone from yesterday isn’t the only strange new device to come out of Samsung these days, it seems. Today in Brazil, something called the Samsung Galaxy S II TV became official. And it’s neither a Galaxy S II, nor a TV.
What is it, then, you wonder? Well, basically a dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 with support for digital mobile TV built-in. And that’s about it. The specs are bordering on identical to those of the Galaxy Ace 3 that was announced in June.
The Samsung Galaxy S II TV (model GT-S7273T) has a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 4 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,500 mAh battery. It has a retractable antenna for all your ISDB-T mobile broadcast receiving needs, and it runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with the inevitable TouchWiz UI layer soldered on top. Its dimensions are 121.2×62.7×9.79 mm, and it weighs 120 grams.
One Brazilian retailer is already offering the Galaxy S II TV for order, and it’s priced at 849 reals. That currently amounts to approximately $365 or €275.
We assume that the Galaxy S II was (or still is) incredibly popular in Brazil, and Samsung wants to take advantage of that. Because otherwise, choosing to use this brand for what is clearly a Galaxy Ace 3 doesn’t make much sense.