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Samsung Android Phone Rechristened & Carrier Dated

Gordon Kelly


Samsung Android Phone Rechristened & Carrier Dated

That didn't take long...

Unlike the Palm Pre which has taken 6 months since its CES launch to get an official release date, Korean giant Samsung is an altogether faster animal just because one month after announcing the Android powered I7500 we have a carrier timeframe.

Signalling what should be a yardstick for the rest of Europe, French network Bouygues Telecom has confirmed it will be releasing the I7500 in early July. No price plans were revealed but it did confirm the handset would be marketed as the 'Samsung Galaxy'. Whether this is Bouygues-centric move or a Samsung alteration is unknown at this stage.

What is certain however is the I7500/Galaxy will be the most spec-tastic Android handset to date with a 3.2in 320 x 480 AMOLED display, 5MP camera, 7.2Mbit HSDPA, WiFi, aGPS, 8GB of internal memory, a 32GB compatible microSD expansion slot, 3.5mm jack and huge 1500mAh battery. At just 11.9mm thick it is also in line with the HTC Magic and iPhone 3G.

Interestingly, a June launch had originally been mooted so perhaps UK telcos will get their hands on the I7500 (I'm remaining cautious and sticking to the numbers for now) even sooner. Let's hope so...


via Unwired View


May 19, 2009, 10:16 pm

Any news on whether it is capacitive or not? Because if it's not, in the words of 30 Rock, 'honey, that's a deal-breaker!'.


May 19, 2009, 11:57 pm

I also want to know the full specs of this phone. I'm pretty sure it will be capacitive, although I've seen no official confirmation from Samsung about that. Other things like, the amount of RAM the phone has is also interesting to know.


May 20, 2009, 12:35 am

All of the early hands on I have seen have reported that it will be capacitive. And since all other Android handsets from reputable manufacturers have also been capacitive I'd assume it's on some list from google to do with recommended hardware.


May 20, 2009, 4:27 am

Maybe with a monthly charge you can live with it but on a "pay as you go or prepaid" service it is a nightmare since all or most applications require you to log into your google account to work. Even the agenda needs you to connect to google.

This is unreal because every time you set or read an appointment you pay for it and also why on hearth should I put my data into google's hands. It just doesn't make any sense. Someone a long time ago tried to convince everybody to put all your data on the internet so that you can access it anytime but this is a phone that stays in my pocket so this all idea is utterly stupid.

Pity because otherwise it was a nice phone.


May 20, 2009, 5:17 am

My inner geek has a real soft spot for this handset, I hope it will be a reasonable price sim free. Thank goodness for cheap 30 day sim only tariffs, I think i'll hang on till August to get a good hands-on with the gluttony of handsets about to hit the market.

Good times :)


May 20, 2009, 2:17 pm


Maybe someone else here can corroborate this, as I haven't really had any experience with Android, but I imagine that Android phones use google gears. This technology means that all your data is available even when you are offline.


May 22, 2009, 3:06 am

HardwareZone says the i7500 features a capacitive touch screen, although I'm not completely sure where they got their information from:



May 22, 2009, 11:56 am

am xcited about this phone, if any grudge, itd be the design... samsung aren't much of a designer but when it comes to powerful features they are the best.... i'll buy either this or the Pre...


May 23, 2009, 4:18 am


if I need to connect to Google to just open an app there is no way you can use it offline, plus I do not want to put my data in Google's hands (or anyone else for that matter).

The original idea of putting your data on the web was that you could access it from anywhere but since this is a PHONE that is supposed to be in your pocket why would I put my data somewhere else? unless of course the telcos are paying google so that they can charge you everytime you access your data.... but it is just a thought...


July 3, 2009, 9:10 pm

This phone is now in the new O2 catalogue. It only says coming soon.

I asked in store and called them but nobody knows when but they both said this month.

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