Samsung is really diggin’ Android lately, isn't it? Forgetting the Galaxy S rollout for a minute, we now have some news on 2 different handsets, aimed at the lower end - the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5.
The Galaxy 3 is the larger of the two, but frankly it’s still just a little tyke (then again, it’s aimed at little tykes, so maybe it’s fitting). It sports a 3.2” touchscreen running at 240 x 400 px, a 3.2 MP camera with geotagging, and comes with a 1 GB microSD card. As is standard fare on Android devices these days, the device is all about connectivity: 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi are all included.
GSM Arena has a very detailed review of Galaxy 3 here.
The 5 packs pretty similar features and is supposedly more stylish, yet comes with a smaller screen. In addition to a smaller display, it also has a smaller battery and maxes out with 16GB mSD cards (compared to 32GB for the 3). Coincidentally, I’m thinking Sammy’s marketing department got those names backwards.
Both devices are likely aimed towards budget-conscious (and aesthetically-unconscious) consumers.
Samsung launches Android -powered Galaxy 3 mobile, a ‘smart, social media powerhouse’
Samsung Galaxy 3 targets youth audience with intuitive social networking and multimedia features
SINGAPORE, JUNE 15, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of the Galaxy 3 (model I5800), a ‘smart, social media powerhouse’ based on the Android™ 2.1 platform.
The company’s newest smartphone, Galaxy 3, supports the highly connected lifestyles of today’s younger mobile users who value a full range of social networking capabilities at their fingertips.
The Galaxy 3 features Samsung’s Social Hub, an integrated phonebook that links contacts from across social networks, allowing users to connect with friends across platforms and communicate seamlessly across networks. Users’ contact lists from sites including Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are accessible on one platform; ensuring that users can remain fully connected at all times. Social Hub also allows fans of social networking to view photos on their mobiles using the integrated media browser, and seamlessly upload, manage and share photos from Twitter, Facebook and Picasa or create a digital photo album while on the go.
The latest in Samsung’s portfolio of Android-powered devices, the Galaxy 3 delivers rich media experiences that will impress even the most fastidious mobile users. The device supports a full suite of Google mobile services, including Google Search™ with Search by voice, Google Maps™, Gmail™, Calendar, YouTube™, Google Talk™ and Android Market™, so that users can benefit from the wealth of valuable content and enjoy familiar desktop PC experiences on the move via a user interface tailored for mobile devices. The Google mobile services will be customized based on regional preferences and availability.
The Galaxy 3 device also provides rich, augmented reality content through the Layar Reality Browser that shows the real view of a location and displays information with only one click. By holding up the Galaxy to a POI (Point of Interest) such as a landmark, users can easily find the information they need, such as movie times or the history of a landmark, with the help of Google Maps™.
Featuring an elegant, sleek design, the Galaxy 3 is an affordable yet powerful social media device, providing an integrated mobile experience. DivX support transforms the device into a personal entertainment system for video, while support for multiple audio formats will delight music lovers. The long-lasting Li-Ion 1500mAh battery means that the viewing experience is maximized. The Samsung Galaxy 3 comes equipped with a TouchWiz 3.0 User interface, which makes searching and browsing easy and intuitive.
JK Shin, President and Head of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics said, “The Samsung Galaxy 3 was designed to extend our portfolio of Android™ -powered devices and underlines Samsung’s commitment to offer a smartphone for every lifestyle. This device has a number of distinct benefits that can be tailored to suit users’ personal tastes. The Galaxy 3 seamlessly integrates active social networking and rich media experiences to provide the best social and multi-media capabilities available on the market today.”
The Galaxy 3 will be launched in July 2010 and will be expanded to Europe and Asia.
[Sources: cnet, GSM Arena]
Put your Social Life in your purse, with the Samsung Galaxy 5
Teens, students, and young professionals can stay effortlessly connected on-the-go with the sleek new Galaxy 5 Smartphone
Singapore– June 15th, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today launched the Galaxy 5 (Model: I5500), the only way to stay cool and connected with your social world, wherever and whenever you want.
Powered by the Android™ platform, the Galaxy 5 gives you Samsung’s Social Hub – a single contacts list on your phone that brings together all of your social networks, friends’ contact details and email services. Whether you’re a social butterfly or young professional, you can quickly and easily share updates, check statuses of choose the best way to contact friends, all from a single screen!
“The Galaxy 5 is designed to cater to the needs of the millennial generation and offers instant access to social networks coupled with a bold, intuitive design,” said JK Shin, President and head of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “The product will deliver dynamic, social experiences to consumers and always-on connectivity. The constant access to your social world means that the Galaxy 5 will keep up with your busy lifestyle and never slow you down.”
Your seamless social life
Alongside Social Hub, the Galaxy 5 features a range of personalized features that make it easy to manage your life. Download entertaining and useful applications from Android Market™, plan an event on Facebook, update your location on Foursquare or share photos from last night’s party on Flickr.
Made for your active lifestyle
The Galaxy 5 has been built to keep pace with your busy life. Samsung’s customized TouchWiz 3.0 user interface (UI) delivers a swift, intuitive experience. The Galaxy 5 features Swype, the ultra-fast text-input service: simply draw your finger in a continuous motion over the letters on the screen to quickly form a word, Swype then intelligently predicts the word that you’re spelling, providing a fast and easy way to write messages.
For added speed and flexibility, the Galaxy 5 allows you to first write the text before deciding the best way to share it – you will have the freedom to transform the text into a Facebook status update, life stream on Twitter, or a personalized note to a friend via text or e-mail.
Stand out from the crowd
Samsung’s Galaxy 5 is perfect for those who need their mobile device to match their own chic, sophisticated or individual style. The phone exhibits a bold yet fun, design that will look good anywhere. The mobile’s sleek contours and asymmetric casing will look great in your new handbag or your pocket. The Galaxy 5’s simple, rounded edges and ergonomic, comfortable grip make it tactile and a joy to hold.
A Galaxy of entertainment
Featuring a host of entertainment options, the Galaxy 5 will keep you busy and engaged all the time. You’ll love using the 2 megapixel camera to photograph you friends on a night out, while the lightning-fast browser will allow you to instantly browse the web. A single tap on the address bar enables seamless web navigation and you can easily revisit favorite sites, thanks to webpage thumbnails – which provide visual feedback in addition to the URL. Since the Galaxy is armed with HTML5 and HSDPA 7.2, you will be able to view all types of content more quickly, and download files faster than ever.
If you’re craving a new type of experience, you can use the Layar Reality Browser to overlay contextual information about points of interest and explore new locations from the comfort of your screen. You can access rich, accurate augmented reality content by holding up your Galaxy 5 to a point of interest, such as a landmark. Then you can easily pull up a menu or reviews for a restaurant or bar for a night on the town. Also, you won’t have to worry about getting lost thanks to great navigational support. Google Maps™ will help you navigate any new area and find your chosen destination.
On the off chance that you grow weary of the content on your device, the Galaxy 5 is equipped with excellent connectivity features so that you can easily access content from anywhere. Wi-Fi offers fast internet browsing on-the-go. Bluetooth 2.1 provides wireless convenience when connecting to PCs and other devices, and USB facilitates easy file transfers of your important documents, photos, and music. Additionally, Samsung AllShare™ allows you to control, search, swap and play photos, and music across a full range of DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified Samsung devices, including notebooks and TVs. The technology makes it easy for you to seamlessly share videos, without the hassle of connecting cables. You can even use the Galaxy 5 as a remote control for your Samsung TV or play video games through a laptop.
The Samsung Galaxy 5 will be available from July in the Europe, Latin America, China, Australia, SEA, SWA, and EMEA.