The Samsung Galaxy Player has finally gotten a release window. We can expect the device to be available in the United States sometime this spring. Samsung hasn’t revealed a price, but it would have to be competitive with the iPod Touch if it is to make any kind of impression in the marketplace.
The Samsung Galaxy Player is basically a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone without the phone. Think of it as an Android version of the iPod Touch. It has access to the Android Market, which means you’ll be able to download games and other applications just as you can with the iPod Touch. It’ll also be able to play music and show videos that can also be streamed to PCs or TVs.
Both models will ship with Android 2.2, but they can be upgraded to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
The Samsung Galaxy Player will ship with two models. One will have a 4-inch screen, and the other will sport a 5-inch screen. The majority of the Galaxy Player’s functionality will be made possible by its built-in Wi-Fi. Much like the fourth generation iPod Touch, the Galaxy Player has front (VGA quality) and rear cameras (3.2 megapixels). The 5-inch Galaxy Player also includes a flash for the rear camera. The front camera can be used for VoIP calling through Qik or Skype.
Screen resolution is very important on mobile devices these days. The four-inch player will have a Super Clear WVGA LCD screen, and the five-inch player has a LCD WVGA display.
What about space you ask? Expect both players to have 8GB of built-in storage with a MicroSD card slot. The Galaxy Players will support MicroSD cards up to 32GB.