upcoming and first Google Android smartphone, the
Galaxy, is expected
to be released within the next few weeks or so and Samsung definitely built an
Android masterpiece. Running on Android 1.5 code-named Cupcake the Samsung
Galaxy is a true roamer by featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband
UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS. Powered
by a Qualcomm MSM7200A CPU at 528 MHz, the device features an internal memory of
8 GB which can be expanded by microSD cards. The autofocus camera supports
5 megapixel and is backed-up by an additional photo light. Last but not least
the I7500 features a G-sensor as well as a digital compass which is, for
instance, used in Google Maps' Street View.
Yet unique for an Android smartphone is the 3.2"
(320x480) touchscreen, Samsung uses for the Galaxy. Active-matrix OLED displays
provide the same video-rate performance as their passive-matrix OLED
counterparts, but they consume significantly less power!
The Samsung Galaxy features a more traditional keypad layout by sporting a
D-Pad in addition to the Android typical hardware keys which includes the call
send/end, settings, back and home keys as well as an additional camera key and
another key which is used to lock and unlock the screen.
The GT-I7500 includes all the well known Google mobile services like GMail,
Google Search and Google Maps (including Latitude) as well as its
state-of-the-art Webkit web browser.
Cheers ~ Arne