The Samsung Galaxy Player 50 is basically an Android phone without the phone… in other words, it’s the closest thing you’ll find to an iPod touch for Android. It can run Android apps, handle music, movies, and other media, and do just about anything you can do with a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone… except make phone calls (unless you install Skype or another VoIP app).

The Galaxy Player 50 isn’t available in the US yet, but apparently you can pick one up pre-order one in France for 199 Euros and up. Now there’s also a pretty slick promotional video showing off some of what the Galaxy Player can do, including:

  • Google Maps
  • Weather, News and Stocks
  • Music playback through an external speaker or headphone
  • FM Radio
  • Google Voice Search

The video also shows the Galaxy Player using the Android Market — although the video kind of skims past the whole downloading apps aspect, instead simply launching an app from the Market. Still, if the Galaxy Player 50 really has full Android Market access, it would be one of the few Android devices without a cellular data connection that’s capable of downloading apps from the Market.

The Samsung Galaxy Player 50 has a 3.2 inch display, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and a 2MP camera. It’s available with either 8GB or 16GB of storage.

You can check out the video after the break.

via Wired

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12 replies on “Samsung Galaxy Player set to give the iPod touch a run for its money.”

  1. “but apparently you can pick one up in France for 199 Euros and up”

    Not yet, it’s a pre-order.

  2. The YP-MB2 will give the touch a run for it’s money, not this.

    1. Exactly. Samsung just did all wrong by releasing this PMP instead of the YEPP YP-MB2 that would have cleaned the clocks of the latest iPod Touch.

      oh well, looks like they need all those Super AMOLED screens for their Android and WP7 phones.

  3. it can’t compete with itouch because the android market is lacking in quality apps and games that App store has. for 200 bucks, u can buy a 32 gig itouch already off ebay/craigslist. that’s more worth your money

    1. It’s not so one sided, Android does have quality apps. Apple just has more, though you are right about the games.

      But there are other reasons people will consider a Android device over a iOS and the differences in Apps isn’t so great that you can’t still do the same things on both.

      It’s just a question of whether it will just compete or will it actually effect Apple’s market share.

  4. Looks like a great media player. If it’s using the same chipset as the Galaxy S phones then this thing should have excellent video playback. Looks like a great competitor for the iPod Touch especially if it really has official Google Market on it.

  5. There’s also the Archos A32 which is available now from Archos and major online retailers. It’s only $149 (USD). Plus, the ArchosFans forum has a “hack” for it that does not require root or mess with the ROM but does allow full access to the Market. OTOH, it doesn’t have a camera

    1. No, only the Archos 28 ($99) is missing the camera, TV output, and Bluetooth. The Archos 32 on up has the Camera…

      Though none of them have GPS, except for the last gen Archos 5.

      1. They all have bluetooth. And Location can be had through Google WiFi based location technology (works well and fast at all areas with access to several wifi hotspots) as well as AGPS or GPS through mifi or bluetooth tethering.

        1. You’re sure about the Bluetooth, it’s not listed on the product page for the “28”, but it is listed for all other models?

  6. Read on other sites that it’s shipping with a WQVGA (400×240) screen. Oof. That’s less than the Zune HD shipped with.

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