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Samsung Intros First Google Android-based Phone

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samsung-i7500-google-androidSEOUL, South Korea – Samsung has introduced its first open-source smartphone to the market. The manufacturer is the first of the largest three in the industry to unveil a Google Android-based handset.

Although it is the company’s first Android-based handset, the keyboard-less device incorporates the usual Samsung-charm, measuring 11.9mm only in thickness.

The Samsung i7500 falls under high-end devices, featuring a 3.2″ AMOLED touchscreen with HVGA resolution (320 x 480 pixels), a 5 megapixel camera with Power LED flash, HSDPA and HSUPA, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, 8GB internal memory, and microSD memory card support for memory expansion for up to 40GB.

The i7500 is not the most powerful Samsung handset to date, but it is more than competition for the recently-launched HTC Magic.

The device is to be sold in most European countries from June this year according to Samsung, most likely in time to compete against the Magic. O2 Germany has already confirmed that it will market the handset, but there is no word on North-American availability as of yet, even though the i7500 supports T-Mobile USA’s 1700MHz HSPA network.

[via Engadget]

Press release:

April 27, 2009, Seoul, Korea – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today unveiled the I7500, its first Android-powered mobile phone. With a launch of I7500, Samsung became the first company among the global top three mobile phone manufacturers to unveil an Android-powered phone.

“Samsung is among the earliest members of the Open Handset Alliance and has been actively moving forward to introduce the most innovative Android mobile phone,” said JK Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobile Communication Division in Samsung Electronics. “With Samsung’s accumulated technology leadership in mobile phone industry and our consistent strategy to support every existing operating system, I believe that Samsung provides the better choices and benefits to our consumers” he added.

The Samsung I7500 is a cutting-edge smartphone, featuring a 3.2″ AMOLED full touch screen and 7.2Mbps HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, giving users access to GoogleTM Mobile services and full web browsing at blazing speeds.

The Samsung I7500 offers users access to the full suite of Google services, including Google SearchTM, Google MapsTM, GmailTM, YouTubeTM, Google CalendarTM, and Google TalkTM. The integrated GPS receiver enables the comprehensive use of Google Maps features, such as My Location, Google Latitude, Street View, local search and detailed route description. Hundreds of other applications are available in Android Market. For example, the application Wikitude, a mobile travel guide, allows consumers to access details of unknown sights via location-based Wikipedia articles.

Based on Samsung’s proven product leadership, Samsung I7500 comes with latest multimedia features. The large and vivid 3.2″AMOLED display ensures the brilliant representation of multimedia content and enjoyable full touch mobile experience. Along with supporting a 5-megapixel camera and various multimedia codec formats, the I7500 also provides a long enough battery life (1500mAh) and generous memory capacity up to 40GB (Internal memory: 8GB, External memory: Up to 32GB) to enjoy all the applications and multimedia content. The phone also boasts its slim and compact design with mere 11.9mm thickness.

The Samsung I7500 will be available in major European countries from June, 2009.

HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps (900 / 1700/ 2100MHz)
EDGE / GPRS (850/ 900/1800/1900)
OS
Android
Display
3.2″ HVGA(320×480) AMOLED
Camera
5 MP Camera (Auto Focus), Power LED
Video / Audio
Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, RA
Value Added
Features
Full Web Browser Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Android Market
Connectivity
Bluetooth® 2.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, MicroUSB, 3.5mm ear jack
Memory
Internal memory: 8GB
External memory: Micro SD (Up to 32GB)
Battery
1500 mAh
Size
115 x 56 x 11.9mm

* Google, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, Google Talk are trademarks of Google Inc.

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By , Editor-in-Chief, Johannesburg office

Published on Apr 28th, 2009 GMT +2

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