Samsung hasn't been shy about their Android ambitions, but they have been extremely vague. Well, here's their first handset, the I7500. With a capacitive AMOLED touchscreen, clean styling, and larger-than-average battery, it looks fantastic. UPDATED
Here's the spec breakdown: HSDPA at 7.2Mbps, GPRS/EDGE on 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies, a 3.2", 320x480 AMOLED screen, a 5-megapixel camera, 1500mAh battery (to the G1's 1200mAh), and 8GB of internal memory (with support for 32GB of additional SDHC expansion), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, GPS and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It's about 12mm thick, which is a hair slimmer than the HTC Magic, its obvious rival.
This contradicts rumors rumors that the S8000 would be Sammy's first foray into Android handsettery, but only sort of: the handsets are styled differently, but share almost identical guts. In that sense, this handset isn't much of a surprise, unlike the release date, which will fall somewhere in June for European carriers. There's no US release date, nor is there any sign of a US release at all, so we'll just have to hope that the I7500 will eventually trod the same transatlantic path as the HTC Magic. Full release below.
UPDATE: Mobile Review has a few hands-on shots that give us a nice view of the device in profile, and from the back:
Samsung launches I7500, The Company's First Android-Powered Mobile Phone
Seoul (Korea Newswire) April 27, 2009 05:08 PM — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today unveiled the I7500, its first Android-powered mobile phone. With a launch of I7500, Samsung became the first company among the global top three mobile phone manufacturers to unveil an Android-powered phone.
"Samsung is among the earliest members of the Open Handset Alliance and has been actively moving forward to introduce the most innovative Android mobile phone," said JK Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobile Communication Division in Samsung Electronics. "With Samsung's accumulated technology leadership in mobile phone industry and our consistent strategy to support every existing operating system, I believe that Samsung provides the better choices and benefits to our consumers" he added.
The Samsung I7500 is a cutting-edge smartphone, featuring a 3.2" AMOLED full touch screen and 7.2Mbps HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, giving users access to Google™ Mobile services and full web browsing at blazing speeds.
The Samsung I7500 offers users access to the full suite of Google services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Calendar™, and Google Talk™. The integrated GPS receiver enables the comprehensive use of Google Maps features, such as My Location, Google Latitude, Street View, local search and detailed route description. Hundreds of other applications are available in Android Market. For example, the application Wikitude, a mobile travel guide, allows consumers to access details of unknown sights via location-based Wikipedia articles.
Based on Samsung's proven product leadership, Samsung I7500 comes with latest multimedia features. The large and vivid 3.2"AMOLED display ensures the brilliant representation of multimedia content and enjoyable full touch mobile experience. Along with supporting a 5-megapixel camera and various multimedia codec formats, the I7500 also provides a long enough battery life (1500mAh) and generous memory capacity up to 40GB (Internal memory: 8GB, External memory: Up to 32GB) to enjoy all the applications and multimedia content. The phone also boasts its slim and compact design with mere 11.9mm thickness.
The Samsung I7500 will be available in major European countries from June, 2009.
News Source: Samsung Electronics