As the CommunicAsia expo continues, so does Samsung’s assault on the smartphone market. Not content with two new bada devices, the Wave and Wave 2, they have also unveiled three new Android-based Galaxy phones too! Let’s take a closer look:
Also known as the GT-i5800, the Galaxy 3 appears to be similar to the phone known as the Galaxy Apollo, which mysteriously appeared on Samsung’s UK site this week and is still listed as ‘coming soon’. The spec is the same as the leak too, with Android v2.1 as the OS, a 3.2″ 240×400 touchscreen, a 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G with HSDPA and a microSD card slot. The one difference concerns Bluetooth, which appears to be the latest v3.0 version instead of v2.1.
Just to confuse everyone, the number 5 does not indicate that this is placed higher up in the range than the Galaxy 3, as it’s actually lower. Clear? Good, thanks for that, Samsung. The GT-i5500 – a name which is better at showing its place in the line-up – still has 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS; but has v2.1 Bluetooth, a 2.8″ touchscreen and a 2 megapixel camera instead. Like the Galaxy 3, the 5 was spotted for the first time back in May during Google’s I/O conference.
This should be familiar to anyone who followed our coverage of Mobile World Congress this year, as the Beam – then also known as the Halo – was one of the stars. The Beam has a built-in pico projector and is the first Android smartphone to have such a feature, plus it has a 3.7″ Super AMOLED touchscreen, an 8 megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G with HSDPA, Bluetooth v3.0 and a TV-out. The Android OS will be version 2.1.
Samsung have said the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5 are scheduled for launch in Europe and Asia in July this year, while the Beam will make its debut in Singapore during the same month. Unfortunately, the Beam has not been given a UK launch date, but we still hold out some hope that it will do in the future.