yesterday's news that
O2 Germany plans
to release the Samsung
I7500 Google Android smartphone, the German carrier officially announced the
Samsung i7500 today.
In addition to the form factor and design with mere
11.9 mm thickness, it primarily stands out by its simple and intuitive use. The Samsung I7500 combines an expandable Android platform with
first-class equipment including quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps/HSUPA 5.76 Mbps at 900/1700/2100 MHz, a brilliant 3.2" touchscreen display and a 5 megapixel
camera with LED flash and GPS.
"The Samsung I7500 offers our customers the best internet experience based on
the Android platform provided by Google", says Lutz Schüler, Managing Director
Marketing and Sales for Telefónica O2 Germany. "The Samsung I7500 kicks off a
series of exciting devices for the mobile web which we will launch in the
next couple of months. There is something for everyone: from beginners to
heavy users. And, we put our focus on strong brands, simple use and design."
Classic applications from the PC world can be comfortably accessed by one
click on the big touch screen when users are on the move. Thanks to the open
platform of the Google operating system, users are able to optimally customize
the device to their own requirements. A variety of applications and services is
available in the Android market. The contact to friends is guaranteed by
integrated and freely available Web 2.0 applications like Facebook, Flickr and
Instant Messaging. Customers are always up to date anywhere they go due to the
automatic synchronization of emails, contacts and appointments of Google
accounts. All other popular email accounts can also be accessed.
The integrated GPS receiver enables the comprehensive use of Google Maps: local
positioning, detailed route description and simple navigation. The application
Wikitude available in the Android market allows customers to access details of
unknown sights via photos on the web. The combination of a camera, GPS and an
web browser turns into a personal and interactive guide.
As the first Android mobile phone, the Samsung I7500 offers a 5 megapixel
camera with LED Flash. The big 3.2" AMOLED display ensures the brilliant
representation of photos and videos and reduces the battery power due to the
energy-saving technology. The battery has generous dimensions (1500 mAh) and
ensures that users enjoy long calls and access to the web. The device also
includes WLAN (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0. Supporting various multimedia
codec formats the I7500 is a multimedia all-rounder. With ist memory capacity of
up to 40 GB it offers enough space for pictures, music and videos.
The Samsung I7500 is the first
Android mobile phone provided by a leading brand manufacturer and will be
exclusively available from O2 as of June 2009 in all O2 Shops, the
specialized trade or on the internet from June 2009. The device can be combined
with all tariffs and data packages.
UPDATE: Also Samsung just sent out its press release without giving
any further information except that the Samsung I7500 will be available in major
European countries from June, 2009. No word yet about a possible North American
launch, even if the I7500 supports T-Mobile U.S. UMTS frequency.
Cheers ~ Arne