Jun 08 AT 10:54 AM Nick Gray 7 Comments

Samsung Corby smartphone bringing Android to the masses

Samsung has just unveiled the new Samsung Corby Smartphone (i5500), running Android 2.1.  The Corby Smartphone features Android 2.1, a 2.8-inch QVGA display, 600MHz CPU, a 2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, AGPS, 1200 mAh battery and a microSD card slot.  It’s obvious that Samsung isn’t targeting power users with the Corby i5500 and we don’t blame them.

Most consumers still don’t know what Android is and they could probably care less about having a 1 GHz processor crammed inside their cell phone.  Apparently, Samsung has noticed that their ever-popular Corby line of handsets is the perfect market segment to convert over to Android.  Give the masses a glimpse of what Android can do and they should easily be able to up-sell them to their more powerful Android phones once they are done playing around with their kiddy toy.

For now, Samsung Corby Smartphone will be available in Italy later this month in “Black Ebony” for €199 ($240) without a new contract on Wind and TIM. The $240 for the Corby i5500 isn’t exaclt what we would call “cheap” but it does undercut the similarly featured HTC Wildfire which is currently selling between $260 and $280.

Samsung Corby Smartphone (i5500) specifications

  • 3G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps): 900 / 2100 MHz2G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz 3G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps): 900 / 2100 MHz2G (GSM / GPRS / EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Android 2.1 Android 2.1
  • Display  2.8” QVGA TFT LCD  Touch Screen (240×320) 2.8 “QVGA TFT LCD touchscreen (240 × 320)
  • 2 Megapixel (Self Shot, Action Shot, Smile Shot, Panorama Shot) 2-megapixel (Self Shot, Action Shot, Smile Shot, Panorama Shot)
  • Video  Codec: Mpeg4, H.264Format: 3gp (mp4) Codec: MPEG4, H.264Format: 3gp (mp4)
  • Audio  MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB, WAV, MID, AC3 , XMF,      i-Melody MP3, AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB, WAV, MID, AC3, XMF, i-Melody
  • A-GPS, Google Maps A-GPS Navigation Maps
  • 600 MHz Processor
  • Sensors: Accelerometer
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR   Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g
  • Internal: 100MB expandable with microSD (up to 16GB) 1GB microSD included in the package
  • Dimensions  56 x 108 x 12.3 (mm), 102 (g) 56 x 108 x 12.3 (mm) 102 (g)
  • Battery  1200 mAh

Source: Cellular Mania (Google Translate)

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website taxaholic

    600MHz what? Makes a big difference if it’s a raw ARM11 or a Cortex-based processor.

  • http://Website wes

    I think it’s great to see more low-end phones running Android. It would be very cool if the “free with contract” phones went from being lame flip phones to basic Android devices. Full market saturation = Android revolution… put it in everything

  • http://Website Droider

    Can we get some if this action here in the U.S. as well? $240 without contract is durt cheap, add a new T-Mobile 2 year agreement and we’re looking looking at a free of $50 phone. It’s not the best features Android phone on the planet, but the processor should let it run circles around most of Motorola’s MotoBlur phone currentyl on the market.

  • http://sparx.be/blog/ Sparx

    You’re better off purchasing a Samsung Spica – much better hardware specs at pretty much the same price.

    I purchased mine in March 2010 & it had 1.5 Cupcake. A month ago, got it upgraded to 2.1 Eclair from the local Samsung Service Centre. Works well, and I’m happy with the device.

    • http://Website Drew

      lucky.. I’m one of those behold2 owners, and we are still rockin 1.5.. never to make it to 2.1 or 2. anything! I simply hate scamsung for this.. and in the end even that wont matter..

  • http://Website Framp

    Yes but the spica does NOT have 3d driver and the 3d accelerator is not being used.

    Stay away from samsung, they don’t support their phones.

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    how can i convert my corby s3850 in to android