May 02 AT 9:49 AM Edgar Cervantes 11 Comments

Samsung launches Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0

Smartphones have majorly changed the way we deal with daily matters and these devices have even become a necessity for many of us, but there are those that simply don’t need such a strong phone and would prefer a WiFi-only device to use as a PDA/multimedia device. Finding a good “phoneless smartphone” is not an easy task right now, unless one goes for the Apple iPod Touch, of course. Last January at CES, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Player, finally bringing a worthy competitor to the iPod (more specifically, the iPod Touch). At last, Samsung has officially launched the Sasung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 devices, which are the equivalent versions of the Galaxy players outside of the U.S.

The “4.0” and “5.0” represent the two display sizes (in inches) available on the Galaxy Player. But aside from the beautiful displays (which Samsung is usually very successful at), these devices are supposed to provide the same level of performance as the Galaxy S smartphone series (just like the iPod Touch brings almost the same performance and usability as the iPhone 4). Like Galaxy S smartphones, this WiFi-only device carries a 1GHz single-core processor, which is capable of delivering great results, but let Samsung tell us what this device will be capable of:

Key Features of the GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 include:

- Display: The clear display makes web surfing and multimedia viewing a joy. Keep your lifestyle mobile – enjoy movies, your favourite TV shows, photos and web-browsing anywhere. Samsung’s latest mDNIe image engine technology ensures that video and images look stunning.

- Androidâ„¢ 2.2 “Froyo”: The GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 feature the Froyo operating system, with a possibility to upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread.

- Application Customization: With access to over 150,000 apps available on Android Marketâ„¢, the Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 are fully customizable smart devices. Integrated GPS support further expands the capabilities of the device, letting you benefit from Google’s map services and directory applications.

- Google Mobile Services: Enjoy premium Googleâ„¢ services such as Gmailâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢ and YouTubeâ„¢. Utilize voice recognition technology to search with Google faster than ever on the Internet. Stay plugged into the world with premier Google applications.

- Samsung Social Hub: Your entire social life in your hand. Simultaneously post messages and pictures on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter using Samsung’s Social Hub. The integrated address book provides the ultimate command & control station for the most popular SNS services. Synchronize your personal calendar with friends, family, and the latest events.

- VoIP Voice & Video Calls: The GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 utilize cost-effective video and voice communications services. The Qik application allows video chat which can be shared over social network services.

- HD Video & Images: A camera lets you shoot and share your life, capturing high-quality video or still images. The Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 support DivX HD, allowing high-definition video playback; Support for various codec standards including MPEG4, H264, DivX, XviD, WMV codecs ensures you can enjoy huge catalogues of content from all over the web.

- Audio excellence: The Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 “Smart Player” put entertainment at its core, designed to deliver the best possible audio and video experience. Samsung SoundAliveâ„¢ technology provides unrivalled sound quality, with deeper bass and greater tone articulation.

- Enhanced Memory Capability: Packed with generous 8/16 GB memory, plus mircoSD slot and powered by a powerful 1GHz for an industry leading performance, the GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 are equipped to handle any user demand.  Samsung Electronics

Now that these multimedia devices are officially starting to spread, it should not be long until they reach the U.S. For now, let’s sit tight and stay tuned for upcoming details about the Samsung Galaxy Players. In the meantime check out the press release and images below, and let us know what you think of these new devices. Are you glad to see a good competitor to the iPod Touch? Planning on getting one of the Galaxy Players? If you are one of our international readers, are you grabbing a Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and/or 5.0?

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SEOUL–(Korea Newswire) — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading provider of Smart Mobile Devices, today launched GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and a fresh addition to its smart player portfolio, the GALAXY S WiFi 5.0.

Each featuring 4” and 5” screen-sizes and delivering the powerful application experiences as the original GALAXY S, the two versions give users an unrivalled entertainment experience through a clear display, a swift 1GHz processor and the Androidâ„¢ 2.2 “Froyo” platform. The GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 will be first available in Russia and will be gradually rolled out in other countries. The GALAXY S WiFi 5.0 will be first available in Switzerland.

“With the GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 we’re delivering a rich, immersive experience for multimedia enthusiasts.” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “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 GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 will deliver all the rich smartphone experiences of the GALAXY S smartphone. With video communications via VoIP services and rich video and music entertainment with multi-codec support, the Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 will keep you constantly entertained.

Stunning Performance, Powerful Features

Key Features of the GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 include:

- Display: The clear display makes web surfing and multimedia viewing a joy. Keep your lifestyle mobile – enjoy movies, your favourite TV shows, photos and web-browsing anywhere. Samsung’s latest mDNIe image engine technology ensures that video and images look stunning.

- Androidâ„¢ 2.2 “Froyo”: The GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 feature the Froyo operating system, with a possibility to upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread.

- Application Customization: With access to over 150,000 apps available on Android Marketâ„¢, the Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 are fully customizable smart devices. Integrated GPS support further expands the capabilities of the device, letting you benefit from Google’s map services and directory applications.

- Google Mobile Services: Enjoy premium Googleâ„¢ services such as Gmailâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢ and YouTubeâ„¢. Utilize voice recognition technology to search with Google faster than ever on the Internet. Stay plugged into the world with premier Google applications.

- Samsung Social Hub: Your entire social life in your hand. Simultaneously post messages and pictures on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter using Samsung’s Social Hub. The integrated address book provides the ultimate command & control station for the most popular SNS services. Synchronize your personal calendar with friends, family, and the latest events.

- VoIP Voice & Video Calls: The GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 utilize cost-effective video and voice communications services. The Qik application allows video chat which can be shared over social network services.

- HD Video & Images: A camera lets you shoot and share your life, capturing high-quality video or still images. The Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 support DivX HD, allowing high-definition video playback; Support for various codec standards including MPEG4, H264, DivX, XviD, WMV codecs ensures you can enjoy huge catalogues of content from all over the web.

- Audio excellence: The Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 “Smart Player” put entertainment at its core, designed to deliver the best possible audio and video experience. Samsung SoundAliveâ„¢ technology provides unrivalled sound quality, with deeper bass and greater tone articulation.

- Enhanced Memory Capability: Packed with generous 8/16 GB memory, plus mircoSD slot and powered by a powerful 1GHz for an industry leading performance, the GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 are equipped to handle any user demand.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Via: Engadget

Source: Kore NewsWire

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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    It all comes down to pricing at this point. These need to be SUPER competively priced especially given the little memory (16gb’s?).
    Otherwise… These might be a good alternative to an iPod Touch :)

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      As an owner of an 64gb iPod Touch that rarely sees any use, I’d honestly choose one of these over the Touch.

      I’m especially liking the sizes. Heck, the 5 could even be considered an alternative to those who feel that even a 7inch tab would be too big to carry with them everywhere.

      I hope they price it very competitively, if not cheaper than the iPods that way it will further help entice those that are on the fence.

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      Two months later, and I’m still waiting on this device. My daughter has been pestering me about getting her an iPod Touch but I refuse to invest any money in the iOS ecosystem. This would be a great alternative and it is the only 4″ tablet I’ve seen announced that meets my criteria.

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    have the gps issues been fixed

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      What GPS problems? The international Galaxy S didn’t have such problems.

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    I have samsung galaxy s GT-I9000, I want upgrade this device version 2.2.1 to version 2.3 or more to ease supporting applications like skype video call yahoo messenger on my device. Please if you know about this share, posssible or not?

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    wow! finally, Samsung meets my criteria!

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    When will it be out in the UK shops as my Daughter is driving me mad, I was going to get it for her birthday but that has gone so she has to wait a little longer :)

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    iS THIS GONNA B LAUNCHED IN India??????????& When

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  3. It all comes down to pricing at this point. These need to be SUPER competively priced especially given the little memory (16gb’s?).
    Otherwise… These might be a good alternative to an iPod Touch :)

    • R.S.Guest 4 years ago

      As an owner of an 64gb iPod Touch that rarely sees any use, I’d honestly choose one of these over the Touch.

      I’m especially liking the sizes. Heck, the 5 could even be considered an alternative to those who feel that even a 7inch tab would be too big to carry with them everywhere.

      I hope they price it very competitively, if not cheaper than the iPods that way it will further help entice those that are on the fence.

    • ZombyGuest 4 years ago

      Two months later, and I’m still waiting on this device. My daughter has been pestering me about getting her an iPod Touch but I refuse to invest any money in the iOS ecosystem. This would be a great alternative and it is the only 4″ tablet I’ve seen announced that meets my criteria.

  4. miltkGuest 4 years ago

    have the gps issues been fixed

  5. Ramesh mahatGuest 4 years ago

    I have samsung galaxy s GT-I9000, I want upgrade this device version 2.2.1 to version 2.3 or more to ease supporting applications like skype video call yahoo messenger on my device. Please if you know about this share, posssible or not?

  6. edwinGuest 4 years ago

    wow! finally, Samsung meets my criteria!

  7. trsGuest 4 years ago

    When will it be out in the UK shops as my Daughter is driving me mad, I was going to get it for her birthday but that has gone so she has to wait a little longer :)

  8. AbhishekGuest 4 years ago

    iS THIS GONNA B LAUNCHED IN India??????????& When