March 23, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Samsung wasted no time in grabbing headlines at CTIA. The company today announced The Galaxy S, a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 1 GHz processor and Android 2.1 OS. The Galaxy S features a customized version of Android using the updated TouchWiz interface seen on the Samsung Beam.
The Galaxy S will be available in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia, and Asia “soon” based on the press release. It has “advanced Location Based Services” to go with Layar, and a “Social Hub” that delivers always-running social network connections. This is part of Samsung’s “Smart Life” system that delivers briefings on user-defined content. Calendars, news feeds, friend activity, weather, and more are available in these briefings.
Other key features include:
- Daily Briefing: Offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and the scheduler.
- All Share: Enables inter-device connectivity via DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology.
- Home Cradle: Enables use as a digital photo frame, table clock, calendar, and music station.
- Write and go: Jot down an idea first and later decide on a format such as SMS/ MMS, email, calendar or memo.
- Swype: Provides fast and easy way to input text on screen while on-the-move.
- ThinkFree: Apps to view and edit Microsoft Office 2007 documents.
- Smart Alarm: Wakes up with a natural alarm sound and automatically turned-on display light.
Take a look at the specs to see why I call this a super phone in the title:
- 3G connectivity (HSPDA 7.2MBps, HSUPA 5.76MPB) 900/1900/2100 MHz
- 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED (800×480 resolution)
- 16GB / 8GB Memory, expandable memory up to 32GB
- 1500 mAh battery
- 720p/30fps video playback AND recording
- Playback Codecs: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, H263Sorenson, DivX HD/ XviD, VC-1
- Formats: 3gp (mp4), WMV (asf), AVI (divx), MKV, FLV
- Audio Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, FLAC, XMF
- A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 High speed tranfer, Digital compas
- Sensor: Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity, Light
- Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
- Built-in widgets and security features through Samsung UI
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