As expected, the Wall Street Journal is confirming that Samsung will showcase its Galaxy Player handheld Android device at CES next week. But while Samsung is expected to launch its Android-powered answer to Apple’s iPod touch in Korea in January, it won’t ship in other countries until sometime between April and June.
The Samsung Galaxy Player YP-GB1 is a lot like a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone except that it doesn’t make phone calls and it doesn’t have an AMOLED display, instead using an LCD screen. Word on the street is that the little guy will also have a 3.2 inch display instead of the larger 4 inch screen found on the Galaxy S line of smartphones.
The handheld device is expected to have a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, an 800 x 480 pixel display, front and rear-facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. It’s also expected to ship with access to the Android Market. Right now few non-phones have this feature, but that may change by mid-2011 as Google rolls out the next version of Android, which is expected to play well with tablets and other non-phone devices.