Samsung is introducing a new smartphone with a somewhat old name. The Samsung Galaxy S II TV is a phone with a 4 inch display and an extendable antenna that you can use to pick up broadcast television signals in Brazil and other parts of South America.

The original Galaxy S II was released in 2011 with specs that were pretty great at the time, but which seem awfully dated today. While the Galaxy S II TV is an entirely new phone, unfortunately it feels similarly outdated specs.

Samsung Galaxy S II TV

The Samsung Galaxy S II TV sports a 4 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, and a 1500mAh battery.

It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz software. The phone has 4GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 5MP rear camera, and a front-facing VGA camera.

The Galaxy S II TV is a GSM phone with support for HSDPA and HSUPA 3G networks and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. It measures 4.8″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″ and weighs 4.2 ounces.

All told, it sounds like a budget phone that just happens to have one premium feature: support for ISDB-T digital broadcast television. Unfortunately you’ll have to watch your live TV on a low-resolution TFT display.

It’s unlikely we’ll see this phone outside of Brazil anytime soon, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see similar models show up in Japan or other countries where portable digital broadcast tuners are already commonly found in phones and other portable devices.

via SamMobile and GigaOm

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3 replies on “Samsung Galaxy S II TV is a Brazilian smartphone with broadcast TV support”

  1. I’ve seen a number of phones with TV tuners but this is definitely the most “mainstream.” There’s an extremely bizarre Russian N8 clone called FN8 that has a long antenna to pull out for analog reception (I assume?). I wonder if there will ever be a model compatible with the US DTV standards…

  2. That’s a clever idea. I wonder how long the battery will last when you’re watching TV.

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