New Samsung Galaxy S WiFi Device May Replace Your iPod (If You Could Buy It)

As a phone-phobic person, I approve of the philosophy behind Samsung's newest multimedia devices, the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and Galaxy S WiFi 5.0. They're basically the Galaxy S smartphone, but without the, you know, phone part of things.

Available in 4- and 5-inch sizes, the devices essentially have the same specs as the Galaxy S phone, apart from a different display and a lower-quality camera. While you might not rely on them for making calls, the new Galaxy devices are technically capable of doing so: they can run more than 150,000 Android apps, including apps for making voice and video calls over Wi-Fi.

They're shiny, they're new, and they ... currently have no plans for a USA release whatsoever.


The Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 will debut in Russia followed by other countries, while the 5.0 edition will be launched in Switzerland. Samsung has yet to announce a date for its new Galaxy Players in the US.

(Hmmmm, I wonder if that has anything to do with Apple being less than pleased with the design of the Galaxy range?)

Under the hood, both devices run on the 2.2 Froyo version of the Android operating system, and are powered by a 1GHz processor.

The rest of the specs, for the gearheads in the crowd: 3.2MP camera, VGA front cam, stereo FM radio, GPS, microSD expansion, accelerometer, digital compass. The Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 has a 1200mAh battery, while the 5.0 has a 2500mAh battery.

This product category doesn't necessarily make a lot of business sense at first glance, but of course the iPod touch has its fans. The one major downside I see is that without a 3G connection, your web-based activities could be limited while you're out and about; on the other hand, yay for not having a mobile contract!

What do you think of these new gadgets? Would you buy one if they were available?

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