Samsungs Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S are among the first devices to seriously challenge Apples hegemony in the tablet and smartphone markets, and now it looks like the consumer electronics specialist may be readying a new media player to unleash against the iPod touch. The device would essentially be like its Galaxy S smartphone without the mobile phone capability much like the difference between the iPhone and the iPod touch.
Dubbed Galaxy Player, it is expected to be unveiled next month at CES boasting Android 2.2 Froyo, a 4-inch LCD display (800×480), 1GHz processor, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Other notable features include up to 32GB of storage (with 8GB and 16GB variants also available) a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back and 1.3 megapixel camera on the front, HD video playback, Bluetooth 3.0, on-board GPS, memory expansion via microSD, and access to the Android app market.
Samsung undoubtedly hopes to build upon the success of its Galaxy S smartphones with the Galaxy Player, but muscling into Apple's iPod business wont be an easy task. Many have tried it before including Sony, Creative and Microsoft but failed to make a significant dent in Apples market share. Samsung has the advantage of supporting a wide variety of apps through the Android Market but its unclear if it will have an integrated music ecosystem a la iTunes.