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Samsung announces Galaxy S Android superphone

March 23, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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Samsung announces Galaxy S Android superphone

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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