Apple has been the dominant force in portable music players ever since it unveiled the revolutionary iPod. No one has succeeded at challenging them head on – until now maybe.
Back in December we foretold an Android backlash against the superb iPod touch and lo and behold, Samsung has unveiled two devices aimed squarely at toppling Apple from its throne. (Let us not mention the abomination that was the Samsing Player 50 we saw last month.) The strangely named Samsung Galaxy S 4.0 and 5.0 are basically the Galaxy S phone but without any 3G connectivity. The devices will have all the other functionality with access to the Android Market via Wi-Fi for all your app needs and will look to offer a viable alternative to the iPod touch.
First up is the Galaxy S 4.0 which has, as you would expect, a 4in screen, exactly the same as it mobile phone predecessor. The screen will be a LCD TFT display however and not the Super AMOLED display seen on the phone. It will sport a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front facing VGA camera for video calling we presume, a 3.2 rear-facing camera with 720p video recording but without a flash. It will also have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 1200 mAh battery, micro-SD card slot (with support for up to a 32 GB card) and will run Android 2.2.
The bigger Galaxy S 5.0 brings us into Dell Streak territory in terms of size with its 5in screen and reduces the portability of this supposed portable music player. The 5in screen is an WVGA display with an 800 x 480 resolution, the same processor and front-facing camera as its smaller brother but with a beefier 5 megapixel camera out back also capable of 720p recording. It has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 2,500mAh battery, micro-SD card slot (support for 32GB cards), and will also run Android 2.2.
Samsung has so far been extremely coy about the pricing of these devices and when or if we will see them on this side of the world. What it did say though was the pricing would be very competitive with it Apple nemesis. So there you have it people, the Samsung Galaxy S 4.0 and 5.0, what do you think? Will they be a success or fade into obscurity like so many other PMPs before them?