Samsung Galaxy S, the Android terminal that we expected from the Korean company
At this point it is difficult to determine which operating system has more importance in Samsung's terminal development policy, on the one hand they have their own system as bada, in the distance we see that they will have a relationship with Windows Phone 7 Series, and throughout the Android journey have been walking hand in hand. At CTIA they have presented what may be the most important terminal with the Google operating system, we are talking about the Samsung Galaxy S.
Also known as Samsung GT-I9000, it disembarks at a time of market in which the Android competition in high-end phones is very strong, and not least uses Android 2.1, this time accompanied by a proprietary user interface from Samsung that We already had the opportunity to see Samsung Beam on the projector phone. I have already lost the real meaning of the badge, but on its back we can see “with Google”.
Samsung intends to conserve all the strength and possibilities of Android, but making us forget its original appearance, so the interface represents a rather important change compared to competing solutions, yes, also based on multiple desktops and widgets. It has integration to the main social networks in a function called Social Hub.
In terms of design, we find some simple lines, more conservative than what we could see on the Samsung Wave, but with dimensions only conditioned by the size of the screen, since the thickness is only 9.9mm. The complete dimensions of the terminal are 64.2 × 122.4 x 9.9 mm, weighing only 118 grams, taking into account the size.
Regarding the applications, we will be orphaned, since it has full access to Android Market, but also Samsung has decided to include some applications in its launch, such as the browser based on augmented reality Layar, or the integration of Swype as a method of data entry.
The possibility of reproducing video in high definition of the device is also remarkable, making it a true portable multimedia player, supporting formats as widespread as Divx HD, Xvid and MKV.
Hardware setting the bar high
In regards to hardware We have two elements that powerfully attract attention, firstly its 4-inch screen with SuperAmoled technology and resolution Wvga (800 × 480 pixels), and secondly its 1GHz processor. The truth is that the specifications of the promising Samsung Galaxy are far away that I had the opportunity to analyze.
It is clear that we are facing a phone that is the latest in technology, but that has many more details with which to surprise us, such as Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. As expected in a terminal of these characteristics, they do not forget the receiver Gps (A-GPS) with digital compass, and WiFi connectivity (b / g / n) and 3G (HSDPA).
If we go for the Samsung Galaxy S camera, we find a 5-megapixel module with automatic focus, and with the valued possibility of recording video in 720p format at 30 images per second. There will be no lack of the typical functionalities of the compact ones of the house such as smile detection, panoramic images, etc. On the front we have a camera VGA for video calls.
The model will be available in two versions that are differentiated by the internal memory capacity, 8 or 16GB, we can also make use of microSD memory cards up to 32GB. The battery is 1500mAh, it has an FM radio, and there is no shortage of the already typical motion, proximity and ambient light sensors.
We are going to meet him in a video that has just been published by the people of Phonescoop, which although it is being processed to have better quality, allows us to see the appearance of the terminal and its operation:
A second quite complete video, this time from PhoneArena:
It seems we have a tough contender for Google Nexus One and HTC Desire, among others, but for screen size I think that its main opponent will be the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. Not a word about prices or departure date, but they have reported that the first destinations of the Samsung Galaxy S are the markets of Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia and Asia.
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