Samsung launches Galaxy S WiFi 4.0, 5.0

By on May 2, 2011, 1:27 PM

Samsung Electronics has launched the Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0. If you think the product line sounds familiar that's because it's really just the international name for the Galaxy Player, which is essentially the Galaxy S sans phone capabilities.

The Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 will be first available in Russia and will be gradually rolled out in other countries, while the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 will be first available in Switzerland. The Galaxy Player devices are slated to arrive in the US this spring, but Samsung has yet to say exactly when.

"With the GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 we're delivering a rich, immersive experience for multimedia enthusiasts," JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business, said in a statement. "A large, high-quality screen, a world of fun and useful applications and great communications services make this a powerhouse device at an affordable price."

The 4" and 5" screen models of the Galaxy Player weigh just 5 and 7 ounces, respectively. Both devices boast Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) connectivity, front and rear cameras (including flash on the 5" model) for videoconferencing or photography, a microphone for VoIP calls over a WiFi via Qik, stereo speakers with Virtual 5.1 surround sound and Samsung's SoundAlive post-processing technology, and support for Adobe Flash 10.1. Both devices run Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (codenamed Gingerbread).

Both Galaxy Players support numerous multimedia formats natively, eliminating the need to transcode files: audio (MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg, and Flac) as well as video (DivX, Xvid, WMV, MPEG4, and H.264). Drag 'N Play support means files can be simply dragged from a PC right onto the player; installing special software of any kind on the PC is not required. A MicroSD slot allows 32 GB of extra storage, supplementing the 8GB on-board storage. Galaxy Players are DLNA Certified and support AllShare, meaning content can be streamed to and from a PC or television without wires. Last but not least, they have Google certification, so they can access the Android Market.

Samsung is trying to challenge Apple where many other companies have already failed: the MP3 player market. Personally, I'm more excited about the Samsung Galaxy S II, and smartphones in general, but apparently the South Korean company thinks it's still worth trying to take on the iPod.




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princeton princeton said:

I think the FLAC support alone puts it miles ahead of the ipod.

Guest said:

mmm.....only 8GB? should be cheap against 32GB and 64GB from Ipod touch......but why not compete with the same kind of models with apple?....sounds good an android player but its to big and bulky just to carry that and a phone...but why only 32GB?.....and there is no Music Player competition at all...

Raswan Raswan said:

Released in Russia first? Since when is that SoP? it actually looks like a solid product. I've been lamenting having an iPod since my Zen crapped out on me and there weren't any viable alternatives (the Zune was not, in my estimation). Wouldn't mind going with a Samsung, esp. if they are competitively priced. WiFi capability is a definite plus.

Guest said:

Spring can't come soon enough if these are priced right!

princeton princeton said:

Guest said:

mmm.....only 8GB? should be cheap against 32GB and 64GB from Ipod touch......but why not compete with the same kind of models with apple?....sounds good an android player but its to big and bulky just to carry that and a phone...but why only 32GB?.....and there is no Music Player competition at all...

Hi my name is a micro SD card. I can extend the capacity of mobile and stationary devices storage.

motrin said:

MS better announce something with zune soon, because i think i just found what i'm wasting my summer money on this year.

Guest said:

yes micro SD but i wont pay extra cash, it should be on the flash memory thank you

princeton princeton said:

yes micro SD but i wont pay extra cash, it should be on the flash memory thank you

You aren't paying extra cash. The Galaxy player @ 8gb is cheaper than a 16gb ipod touch. Buying a 16gb micro SD will still make the ipod touch 16gb the more expensive device despite the galaxy player having 8+16 gb of storage.

Use your head.

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