Samsung details Galaxy S WiFi models

Takes the phone out of the Galaxy S Android smartphone.

3 May 2011
Samsung Galaxy S WiFi

Samsung has announced the impending availability of the Galaxy S WiFi range, previously known as the Galaxy S Player - the company's answer to Apple's popular iPod Touch.

Like the iPod Touch, the Galaxy S WiFi takes the basics of the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone and removes the phone portion, keeping the remainder of the hardware intact in order to create a device that requires no mobile contract and which can't run up massive bills.

Built around the same 1GHz processor as the smartphone variant, the Galaxy S WiFi includes an 800x480 WVGA TFT display in either 4in or 5in - depending on the model chosen. Above the screen is a VGA-resolution webcam for video conferencing over the integrated Wi-Fi connection, while the rear holds a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash.

Like the smartphone version, both Galaxy S WiFi models include GPS, accelerometer, and digital compass - although use of Google Maps will be limited when you're out and about thanks to the lack of a 3G data connection. Android Market access is included, however, meaning offline mapping applications such as RMaps can be loaded instead.

The two models are available in 8GB or 16GB capacities, and are clearly designed as music players first and foremost - but access to the Android Market and a powerful processor means that they could make a great secondary Internet device for those who don't want to replace their mobiles just yet.

Samsung has yet to confirm UK pricing for either size.

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