Samsung’s Galaxy Player line of devices are basically what you get if you take an Android smartphone and remove the cellular capabilities. In other words, they’re portable media players, web surfers, and gaming devices designed to be used over a WiFi network.
They’re kind of like Android versions of the iPod touch… but while the iPod touch comes in one size only (with a 3.5 inch display), Samsung offers a range of Galaxy Players with screens as small as 3.2 inches… and now as large as 5.8 inches.
The Korean company has officially launched the Galaxy Player 5.8. it has a 960 x 540 pixel 5.8 inch LCD which may not be as sharp as the 1280 x 720 pixel 4.8 inch screen on the Galaxy S III smartphone. But it’s, you know, bigger.
I suppose that’s a good thing if you plan to set the media player down on a table to watch a video or just want a portable web browsing companion that you don’t have to hold too close to your face.
The Galaxy Player 5.8 runs Google Android 4.0 software, features 16GB to 32GB of storage and a microSD card for extra storage space, a front-facing 0.3MP camera, and a 2500mAh battery. It has 1GB of RAM and supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
Samsung hasn’t officially announced what processor the big guy will have, but according to a document that leaked earlier this month, the Galaxy Player 5.8 will have a 1 GHz dual core processor, as well as an FM Radio, Bluetooth, and stereo speakers.
This unit is going to replace my Kindle Fire. A 7″ tablet is about the largest size that you can get and still ‘back-pocket’ but it really does take all the space available. The smaller size and lighter weight are going to make a big difference. Definitely on my “to buy list” when it comes out.
I like such position of stereo speakers, and I don’t understand why Samsung doesn’t use it for 7″ and 7.7″ tablets.
I have the 5.0 and actually it is perfect as far as the size. They really didn’t need to go so large on it. It brings it too close to their tab line.
If they could have improved just a few things with the 5.0 it would have been a iPod Touch killer.
1. HDMI – We like to see things on the big screen when we can.
2. Higher resolution screen 600p is good but if they could crank it up to at least 720p that would be great.
3. Newer Android version. JellyBean would be ideal but I could live with ICS.
4. At least get it to a dual core processor and more RAM.
the document leaked says rear camera as well, which you exclude from this post.
Brad, if you ever get one of these to review, please take some pictures of it next to a 7″ tablet. I’m particularly interested in the pocketability difference between this and a Nexus 7 or KF.
I’m also interested in the size. Nexus 7 is among the small 7″ devices, but ~6″ always looked to be a better compromise for me.
I really hope there is an USB OTG connector, it would be a deal-breaker (I don’t know if the previous leaked doc is accurate).
~190 PPI is good enough for me, I don’t mind seeing pixels.
At that density, a 6×12 fonts is smaller than usual paperback/newspaper prints.
Another nice thing would be if there is finally a GP with HML as so far they have all been based on Samsungs Allshare wifi streaming.
I have seen a 3.6″ on the market, but never a 3.2″ (unless they limited it to asia only or something).
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