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UPDATE: Cheaper Samsung Galaxy S2 ‘prequel’ Galaxy R “not confirmed for UK”

There’s a lot of interest already surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy R, which looks set to bridge the gap between its flagship Galaxy S2 and older, cheaper, mid-range Android offerings like the Galaxy S Ace and Mini.

Alas, it not make it to Blighty. Recombu got in contact with a Samsung spokesperson, who told us that: “The Samsung Galaxy R has not been confirmed for the UK Market. However Samsung currently has a range of Galaxy handsets available in the UK, including the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Ace, and is committed to providing a range of smartphones at varied price options to suit different consumer needs.”

The phone, which also seems very similar the Galaxy Z, announced last month for release in Sweden, lifts specifications and design details from several phones in Samsung’s back catalogue, with a heavier brushed steel backing, and ditching the literally brilliant (it’s about light, you see) SAMOLED plus screen for a cheaper Super LCD in the interest of dropping the per unit cost.

The camera drops down from the GS2’s eight-megapixel sensor to five, and you won’t be able to record full high-definition video on the Galaxy R. But if it manages to keep the silky smooth Android interface, we’d love to see it land here too.

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