Samsung today announced the select availability of their new Android media players. The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 sports a 4-inch screen while the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 offers a large 5-inch display. Both Galaxy S players run on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Features of the Galaxy S players include 1Ghz CPU, HD camera, 8/16GB storage, microSD card slot and GPS.
“With the GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 we’re delivering a rich, immersive experience for multimedia enthusiasts.” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “A large, high-quality screen, a world of fun and useful applications and great communications services make this a powerhouse device at an affordable price.
The GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 will be first available in Russia and will be gradually rolled out in other countries. The GALAXY S WiFi 5.0 will be first available in Switzerland. Samsung did not reveal any specific dates for the roll-out of the Galaxy S players in the United States. There is also no pricing information.
The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi devices have all features to effectively compete with the Apple iPod touch. The WiFi 5.0 with its large 5-inch screen is something Apple does not offer. The iPod line is not a growth factor for Apple anymore, which also suggests that Samsung will not sell a ton of these players. If you do not need the iTunes eco-system, the Galaxy S WiFi are worth your consideration if the pricing is competitive with the iPod touch.