May 3, 2011
Samsung are announcing two new products aimed at consumers who want a smartphone, but without the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 are Android-powered, handheld computing devices that look set to provide the perfect solution for the consumer who wants an entertainment device capable of playing music, video and games, surf the web and send email via WiFi without committing to a contract. In essence, it’s a smartphone, minus the phone. For some of us, that’s perfect.
I used to carry around an iPod touch with a pocket router and 3G USB modem just so I could have all the power of an iPhone, but without the costly AT&T contract to go with it. It was a cumbersome solution that didn’t always work, but when it did, I was quite happy. These days, I could never imagine going back to that. I have a contract I’m happy with and an Android-powered smartphone that does everything I need, but I have no doubt that there are still those like me out there who would be very interested in these new devices.
With two variants, boasting 4-inch and 5-inch screens, the devices are meant to have all the power of their smartphone brethren through the virtue of their 1GHz single-core processors. Their displays rely on the mDNIe image engine technology to ensure stunning video and image quality. In addition to the 1GHz processor, the features of the Galaxy S WiFi include 8/16GB memory configurations with a microSD slot for plenty of expandability and a built-in camera capable of shooting HD video and images.
Running on Android 2.2 “Froyo” with the possibility of upgrading to 2.3 “Gingerbread,” you get access to the more than 150,000 apps available on the Android Market, as well as Google Mobile Services, such as Gmail, Google Talk and YouTube. The Galaxy S WiFi even features integrated GPS support for use with Google Maps and other directory services. You also get Samsung’s Social Hub, allowing you to simultaneously post messages and pictures to Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. As well there’s, VoIP for voice and video chat through Qik.
Even if you never leave the house, these devices seem perfect for playing games and surfing the web. Looks like the iPod Touch is finally getting a serious competitor!
Currently, there’s no word on pricing or when the devices will come stateside, as they are only available outside the U.S. Let’s hope they make it here very soon.