Samsung Readies Galaxy Portable Media Players

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New York - Samsung will add a pair of Galaxy-brand portable media players (PMPs) to its selection of Galaxy tablets and smartphones, the company announced here at a press conference.

The Wi-Fi-equipped Galaxy players are expected to be available in early May, said Tim Baxter, president of Samsung's consumer business division. Pricing hasn't been set.

Both models, one with 4-inch screen and one with 5-inch screen, feature GPS and are therefore certified to download apps from Google's Android Market, Baxter noted. Both models were shown at January's International CES, but at the time, Samsung said it wasn't sure whether it would bring them to the U.S.

By expanding the Galaxy franchise from tablets and smartphones to PMPs, Baxter said, Galaxy will tap new user segments. For kids who don't need a smartphone with  an expensive data plan, the Galaxy players will complement a basic cellphone. The players are also targeted to consumers who will mainly consume media, browse the web, play games, and participate in video or VoIP chats, while the larger screens of the Galaxy tablets will appeal to users who want to consume media but whose priorities are email and other productivity applications.

Both models feature Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS and are upgradable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Both also feature Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and DLNA certification, enabling them to stream content to and from a DLNA PC via Wi-Fi and to DLNA TVs. Also common to both are Adobe Flash 10.1, front VGA camera, 3.2-megapixel rear-facing cameras,  QiK video calling apps, WVGA displays, HD video storage, 8GB of embedded memory, 32GB MicroSD slot, microphone and stereo speakers with virtual 5.1 sound. The 4-inch model adds Skype VoIP for voice. The 5-inch model adds TFT-LCD display and camera flash.

Both players support numerous multimedia formats natively. Video formats are DivX, Xvid, WMV, MPEG-4 and H.264. Music formats are MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg, and FLAC.

Content can be dragged and dropped from a PC onto the player without installing special software on the PC.


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