Early rumors suggested the i8000 would be Samsung’s first Android phone, but new reports claim Telefónica Europe will launch the i7500 on their o2 Germany network. Samsung has confirmed three Android phones for 2009 and said the first to be released would be overseas. The Samsung i7500(June) would join the HTC Magic(May 5th) as the second Android phone released outside the US.
The rumored specs for the Samsung i7500 are:
- Android 1.5 Build
- Touchscreen Only
- Qualcomm MSM7200A CPU at 528 MHz
- Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity
- Dual band UMTS/HSPA connectivity
- 3.2 inch capacitive OLED touchscreen display with HVGA (480 x 320) resolution
- GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- 5MP camera with LED flash
- 3.5mm headset jack
- 8GB of internal memory
- MicroSD card support
- 11.9mm thick
Notable features include the active-matrix OLED display. An organic light-emitting diode differs from traditional LCD displays because it does not require a backlight. This means the screen draws far less power and can operate longer on a single battery charge. The lack of a backlight also means the display can be much thinner which would explain the 11.9mm thickness.
The 8GB of internal memory is also a welcome addition. Along with the 3.5mm headphone jack, Samsung has addressed the two major hardware concerns of the T-Mobile G1. Since this phone is designed for GSM/Edge, it could be similar to the Samsung phone that will be released on T-Mobile later this year.
Read the translated report on bild.de for more information.