Samsung Galaxy S
The Galaxy S looks like an Android that will rival HTC’s, and a smartphone to make even the most ardent iPhone fan take a second look.
Anyone who thought Samsung would save its coolest hardware for phones running its own Bada platform, like the Samsung Wave, are dead wrong. At CTIA 2010 Samsung took the wraps off its third Android-powered smartphone, and it’s a doozy.
Sticking with its Android naming convention, this smartphone is dubbed the Galaxy S (as with the iPhone 3GS, what the S stands for is anyone’s guess). Running the latest version of the Android platform (2.1) is a great start, but the real wow-factor here comes from the hardware. A Samsung 1GHz processor will power the Galaxy S, and you’ll witness the speed through its 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display. That will make it one of the largest, brightest screens available when released.
From photos we’ve seen so far, Samsung has skinned the Galaxy S in its own flavour of Android; the home screen displays Android widgets, but the menus are classically Samsung. Sadly, this means it looks a bit uglier than the offerings from HTC, but hopefully this interface has its own advantages in terms of performance and ease of use.
Other interesting tidbits we’ve managed to pick up include multi-touch support with pinch-to-zoom for the browser and image gallery at least, DivX and XviD playback, and Bluetooth 3.0 support. Also, it seems Samsung will also include its own Social Hub software for linking your address book to your various social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc). On its back, the Galaxy will carry a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture capabilities, and when launched you’ll choose from 8GB or 16GB models.
All in all, this looks like an Android to rival HTC’s best, and a smartphone to make even the most ardent iPhone fan take pause. Keep watching for more details about when you’ll see the Galaxy in stores, but at this stage we’re expecting a Q3 launch.Tags: Download