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True to a rumor we saw earlier this month about a possible addition to Samsung's Galaxy Player line, the Korean manufacturer has just unveiled – via Samsung Tomorrow – the ginormous Galaxy Player 5.8.

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As the name would imply, the Galaxy Player 5.8 features a huge, large, ample, plentiful 5.8" LCD display that buyers can only hope will fit in their pocket. The downside here is that the display carries a resolution of just 960x540. To make up for that, however, the player houses an awesome 2500mAh battery pack for hours upon hours of media enjoyment. We aren't privy to the upcoming device's full spec sheet just yet, but here's what we do know: the Galaxy Player 5.8 will also come with either 16 or 32GB internal storage, a microSD slot, a front facing VGA camera, and Android 4.0 running with Touch Wiz on top.

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Of course details like pricing and availability are as yet unknown, but we'll keep you updated pending further information.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow Via Engadget

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Bojan Gutic

    5.8"?! Really?!

    That's seriously just ridiculous.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Samsung tries its hands at literally everything to see what will stick. And I kind of applaud them for it. 9 out of 10 won't, but that 1 will find a surprise demand. I consider the Galaxy Note to be one such niche product with an unexpected success story.

      • Freak4Dell

        Personally, I hate Samsung for it. Releasing that many devices brings down the quality of the portfolio as a whole. I'd much rather see them release a dozen (and even that's pushing it, but not terrible if you include tablets) devices that are absolutely rock solid. I can't really think of any company in the past that both succeeded financially and still released excellent quality products while using the strategy of flooding the market. Domestic car makers did it for a long time, but they've shut down or sold off a lot of redundant brands now. They went from being notoriously unreliable to some of the best cars on the market. Dell went the other way, and now their cheap products suck. Flooding the market is a great way to earn cash quick, but eventually it takes its toll, and people start noticing. For a lot of people, one bad product is all it takes to shun an entire brand.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I agree with you that Samsung should concentrate on releasing fewer devices that are hard to differentiate between, but I am specifically talking about devices that are niche. By all means, Samsung should make 5 instead of 15 phones a year because 10 of those would be too similar in specs and functions. But devices like the Note 10.1, this gigantic player, the original Note, the Galaxy Beam, the Galaxy Camera - none of those really had an equivalent within Samsung when they released them, and I love that they're doing it. If it fills a niche other products don't, I welcome it.

          • Freak4Dell

            See, I feel like even some of those niche products are stupid. This gigantic player, for one. The camera is also retarded. The Beam is a cool concept, but I don't think it needed a whole different phone. It should have been an addition to their flagship.

            Here's what I'd like to see: A low end phone, a mid range phone (same specs as the flagship, but smaller screen), a high end/flagship phone (those behemoths that everyone likes, e.g. SIII). I think the Note is completely unnecessary, but people like it, so whatever, let's throw that in there. All tablets should just have the Note capabilities from now on, so a 7" Note and a 10" Note. Players are pretty dead, but it's easy to make one...remove the cell radio from any of the above phones (probably best to do either the flagship or the mid range), boom done. 6, or 7, devices, all easily manageable. Come up with a good naming system, and you're set.

          • Kenny O

            I actually think the Galaxy Camera is a great idea, as long as they give it killer camera specs that are much better than a phone and keep the size in check.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

            If Samsung release less devices they can concentrate on giving a better user experience by more timely updates and support. It also be less work for the CyanogenMod team which is always a good thing! :-)

          • PINJ

            I LOOVE Niche Phone/Specs. F*ck 1.5GHZ Dualcore S4. Bring A Phone Out With 700Mhz Triple Core. Instant Buy For Me.

  • Ittiam

    What is the basic positioning and target market?

    If its for home use, why not buy a full tablet? If its for carrying around, 5.8" is huge

    Battery size suggests high end. Resolution suggests, low end... So confusing

    • http://profiles.google.com/liamname Liam Spradlin

      I'm guessing things will become a lot more clear once we know the rest of the device's specs. Owning a Nexus 7, I personally don't know that I'd find much use for what is essentially a 6" display regardless.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      This device is designed to be the Samsung equivilant of an iPod Touch (at least that's what the last Galaxy Player aimed to do), an MP3 player running Android with the capabilities to run games and applications. All I can say is that this thing might sell well as long as the price is right.

  • http://twitter.com/martyjones100 Martyjones100

    Preposterous

  • thartist

    Hmm... hard to understand. Frown >:/

    If you add up: 1) a screen bigger than your smartphone 2) specs 3) possible price = you'd most surely upgrade your phone to a SGS3 or get a 7" tablet.

    This sounds kinda ridiculously positioned.

    • mesmorino

      It's even hard to understand if you already have an SGS3, or a 7" tablet... Or both.

      • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

        It's not inteded for those people. It's inteded for kids, like ipods. You know, those who aren't old enough, or wealthy enough for a mobile contract.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelgonzalez2012 Michael Gonzalez

    I don't understand why the battery is only 2500 mAh. With a 5.8" screen that will drain the battery very quickly. At 5.8" you are getting close to a tablet size and thus need a tablet size battery. The Droid Razer Maxx for example is only 4.8" in size but has a 3300 mAh battery. Or even Samsung's S3 is better because it has a 2100 mAh battery but a 4.8" screen.

    • NemaCystX

      the low resolution won't drain the battery as fast as a high def screen would

    • GazaIan

      It's qHD and it's an LCD. I get 17 hours out of a 1500mAh battery with a qHD SLCD display (That's with continuous use and Cell Radio), so 2500mAh is more than enough for this display. Screen size has very little to do with it, it's the resolution that makes the big factor.

      Also, the RAZR MAXX is nowhere near 4.8 inches. It's a 4.3 inch qHD SAMOLED Advanced Display. The Samsung GSIII isn't better in terms of battery life to resolution, because it has a higher resolution and a smaller battery so battery life is inevitably shorter.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Remember that the cell radio is one of the top drainers of battery on phones - without a cell radio, battery life shoots up through the roof.

      • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

        As someone who owned a SGP 5.0, That 2500mAh battery is pretty amazing.I mean, I get that the screen is smaller compared, but it was still extremely good. Rarely did I ever have to worry about that thing dying.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        On top of that 3G is a huge battery killer (something iOS and Android both admit on their settings menus) without that I would say this device would last longer (especially on low brightness).

      • PINJ

        Didnt Know That. Then Again I Always Have Cell Radio Disabled By Default.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Ever try going a full day on Wi-Fi and then just on 3G? By the end of the day on Wi-Fi a good device would be at 50-80%. On 3G, it'd likely be dead.

          • PINJ

            I Live In A Country That Charges Humongous Amounts Of Money For Every Tad Of Mobile Network Usage So I Can't Say I Have Done That :)

  • Raptorz44

    The editors here need to stop posting pictures of iPhones in articles about other phones.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Har har. I see what you did there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=714859472 Rajvir Singh

      WHO let the Troll out!?

  • FrillArtist

    Resolution is way too low.

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    As Liam said in another poster's thread, owning a nexus 7 I don't see much need for this, but assuming I didn't own one and i had to choose between this and the iPod Touch I'd buy this.

    I keep saying I came from iOS but I could NEVER support apple again, I'd like to go back in time and smack myself for buying iPOS devices.

  • Freak4Dell

    What a shitty concept. Too big to be useful as a portable device, too small and too shitty of a resolution to serve as a tablet, and just completely unnecessary in every way.

  • Cheeseball

    If this hits the US (or other Asian countries outside of S. Korea), this would be quite nice to watch 720p (or 1080p, depending on what SoC is in it) .MKVs with a 5.8" screen. It's small enough to fit in your pocket, yet big enough to comfortably watch movies/shows without having to squint. And since this doesn't have a cellular radio/modem in it, the battery life should last just as long as a 4th gen iPod Touch or the previous Galaxy Player 5.0.

    If they can release the 32GB version (which is still expandle due to the microSD slot) for less than $230, I'd probably buy it.

    • PINJ

      That Wont Happen

  • PINJ

    Id Say 1.5GHZ Single Or Dualcore

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I would agree that it would probably have a dual-core Exynos CPU rather than a quad-core one. Single-core is way too old school.

      • PINJ

        1.5GHZ Snapdragon S4 Singlecore Is Nowhere Near Old School

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

          Is by my standards, most modern smartphones have had a dual core CPU or quad-core for quite some time now.

  • mduran1023

    Glad to see front facing speakers are making a comeback. Never really understood why they went out of style in the first place.

  • Justin Quang

    Salesman: So for PMP, we have 5.8, 5, and the 4-ish. Smartphones, we have 5.5, 5.3, 4.8, 4.6, 4.3, and 4.
    Avg. consumer: Do you have a 3.5?
    SM: Yes we do,
    AC: Wow crazy. I mean the other store only has a 3.5 and it costs an arm and a leg. So how much for the 3.7 i&%#*~?

  • UniBroW

    My brother was going to buy this IF it turned out to be 4.8, 5.8 just seems stupid.

    He doesn't have a phone and currently uses the Galaxy Player 4.0

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.marsh.5872 Nathan Marsh

    Dorks. No one commented on the cute gal?

    • Cheeseball

      I did... The girl in the picture is cute... just now! :D

    • Rob Cheesehead

      I didn't even notice it was a girl... :-/

  • Andi Springthorpe

    I am thinking that this would work well for OnLive or Sky Go and other such streaming services. With an unlimited data plan movie/TV streaming would go hand-in-hand with this hybrid. OnLive would almost certainly require wifi still though.

  • Vikramaditya Rai

    I think this will be a grand success, much like the S3. It's very intelligent of Samsung to bring out a device with a 5.8" display. It would of course be quad core.
    Gamers & people who prefer the Note would anyhow go in for this one.
    Plus, it looks gorgeous!

    Also, the chick in the pic is beautiful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/csoulr666 Ahmad Nadeem

    This thing is HUGE!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Larger than the first Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S III and possibly the same size as the new Galaxy Note 2. I still think it could fit in someone's pocket though.

  • http://twitter.com/Vizualize a.d.AM

    Nexus 7 is better. Just keep sendibg out that TouchWiz horseshit you just got your pants sued off for too!! Good one!

  • mgamerz

    The RAZR MAXX has a better battery than this in a smaller package.

    • PINJ

      The RAZR MAXX Consumes More Battery Life " than this in a smaller package"

  • Kenny O

    I'm interested to see the price point on this. I doubt they can make it too much lower than $250, so it begs the question why someone would choose this over a Nexus 7 or even the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2. I honestly can't see a 5.8'' device being any more portable than a 7 inch tab. I could see maybe if it had S-Pen support, but I do not see much of a market of a device like this. But, hey it's your money and resources Samsung, do what you want with it........

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Maybe some people want the portability that the Samsung Galaxy Player would offer, after all at least this thing has a chance of fitting in your trouser pocket. :-)

  • yarrellray

    I love the way Samsung always places future features in all it's devices. That 5.8 inch screen will be seen next year on the GALAXY NOTE 3 and the 2500 mAh battery will be in next years GALAXY S4 . Either SAMSUNG is simply a joy to own

    • PINJ

      -_-
      EVERY Company Does That