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We can easily get caught up in the mad scramble for the latest and greatest, so it's easy to lose track of the fact that low-end smartphones also have a place in the world. For this one, we'll let you decide. Who wants a smartphone with a 3" (yes, that is three inches) 240x320 TFT display, a 3MP rear camera, an unspecified "powerful" processor and 512MB of RAM? Before you decide, I should also point out that this phone has a dedicated music button and, for some bizarre reason, the spec sheet lists a WVGA projector (9 lumens), though it seems incredibly likely that this is a mistake.

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Here are the specs that we have for the device that, curiously, fails to note what type of processor lies within, but includes the inexplicable projector:

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Given how very non-discreet the 15 lumen projector was on the Galaxy Beam, how we see nowhere in any of these pictures to hide such a thing, and that this appears to be the only reference to the feature in any of Samsung's materials, it's safe to say that this thing will not be turning your wall into a TV. What it does do, however, is make it easier to access the music app at the touch of a button. For those occasions when you have to rock out right effing now! The device will also include an FM radio and "advanced audio features." One should expect Samsung to go for high-quality audio on this device, but with 4GB of on board storage being described as "abundant memory," we'll wait and see.

No info on pricing or availability has been made known yet. We imagine this will be fairly cheap whether off or on contract. Samsung has also stated that there will be a dual-SIM version available in the near future dubbed the "Galaxy Music Duos."

Source: Samsung Press

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Bariman43

    I had to make sure to check the date for this article. This is Oct 9, 2010, right?

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

      Well, at least it's running ICS, so you know it's at least 2011. But that resolution - my eyes!

      • PINJ

        Its On A 3" Screen... What Do You Expect??

        • Jeffrey Smith

          I expect far better from a small screen. 640x480 (266ppi) would have been reasonable. I don't think even 720x480 (288ppi) would have been unreasonable.

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

            I think despite its shortcomings this device wouldn't do too badly as long as the price is right.

          • PINJ

            Reinventing Entry Music Phone Devices. Well Done To Samsung For Continuously (Re-)Creating Niche Markets.

          • atlouiedog

            That seems high for a low end device, but 320x480 should have been the minimum.

          • PINJ

            On A 3" Screen??????
            This Isn't A Blackberry Or Similar PDA Like Device

        • Jeffrey Smith

          @atlouiedog:disqus Probably true that 320x480 (same pixel-count as pre-retina iPhone/iPodTouch) would be passable for a low-end device.
          @facebook-1745689461:disqus Yes, I imagine it'll do fine... depending on the as-yet-unknown price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Quallsie.001 Jordan Qualls

    Hey, at least the thing's running ICS.

  • atlouiedog

    Free on contract off the bat or $80 from Virgin mobile, right? Even then...

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Dual front-facing speakers on my phone would make me happy. And a dedicated camera shutter button (not so sure about the music one.. ;))

    Seriously, why are single rear speakers the norm?

  • PINJ

    All Things Point To A 800MHz Processor

  • besthiroeu

    And it will be upgraded to JB according to Samsungs official update roadmap.

    • PINJ

      Nice!!

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

    Forget the time machine......samsung is allowing us to go in the past without it!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Thinking about this more, this would actually make a great ultra-portable/hotspot/music player, at least for people that don't care about apps/gaming. The screen is always the #1 battery user on my GS3 (although personally I definitely wouldn't trade it for something like this)

  • Lien Wee Hoo

    In Asia continent, the low-end (lower than Android 4), low price (<50 dollar) phone is still a big market.

    • PINJ

      This Wont Be Starting Under 50 Dollars. Ill Bet My House (One Bedroom Street Shack) On It

  • Matthew Fry

    Considering the projector is listed under the section labeled "Audio" I think not.

  • Tim Harper

    if this was solely an mp3 player it would be great. I would loveone for just music that isn't as big as my phone, so I can easily jog with it in my pocket. as long as the processor doesn't make the whole thing run like garbage..

    • PINJ

      Panasonic Is Bring A Shuffle Sized Phone Out Just For That Purpose. And Boy Is It Slim!

    • Freak4Dell

      Agreed. They should just dump the cell radios and make this a Galaxy Player Lite or something.

  • Simon Belmont

    Ha, a smaller screen with lower resolution than my original Android phone, a Sprint HTC Hero. Now ain't that something. ;)

    To be honest, I never had an issue with the HVGA screen on my Hero. But when I got the qHD screen of my EVO 3D in 2011, boy was I a reformed man. :D

    • PINJ

      Yessir I Loved The qHD On My Sensation Aswell. Realized How Very Good It Actually Was When I Upgraded To The ONE X

  • RocketScience11

    My 2 year old low end Samsung Transform feels worthy. O.O It's 320x480 3.5 inches and has TWO "dedicated music buttons"- play/pause voice search button and skip for the camera button. If you want to do that, root your device and mod the system/usr/keylayout file.

    • PINJ

      My 4 Year Old Nokia 5320 Has 240x320 Res And 3 Dedicated Music Buttons (I Rock!!). And It Somehow Runs Digital Legends' One Smoothly On It. Ahhh The Old Days.

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