First it was a rumor, then all of a sudden it became official. Yesterday, Samsung officially launched the company’s first Android-powered mobile phone, the Samsung I7500.
Aside from its slim and slick design and the fact that the Samsung I7500 will be powered by Android, it also has some pretty impressive specs to offer like a 3.2-inch, 320 x 480 pixel AMOLED touchscreen, WiFi, GPS, a 5 megapixel camera with Power LED, 1,500mAh battery, 8GB of storage (plus MicroSD expansion for up to 32GB more), and a standard 3.5mm headset jack.
- Android 1.5 OS
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dual-band UMTS/HSPA
- 528 MHz
- 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive OLED touchscreen display
- 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
- 8GB internal flash memory
- microSD slot
- 3.5 mm stereo jack
- Metal case, 11.9 mm thick
Looks pretty impressive and could pose as a major threat to other popular smartpones not just because it uses Android but also because of its stylish design and built-in features/specifications. If the Samsung I7500 had a QWERTY keyboard, it would have made it even more impressive. Well who knows, maybe Samsung will come up with a newer version or another model that features a QWERTY keyboard. We’ll just have to wait and see.
The Samsung I7500 will be released in major European cities this coming June and no word yet whether it will also be released here in the US or North America. Estimated retail price for the Samsung I7500 is around â‚¬300 or nearly $400 US.
Samsung I7500 Official Press Release
Samsung launches I7500, The Company’s First Android-Powered Mobile Phone
Samsung sets its leading position in Android, the mobile industry’s emerging operating system
April 27, 2009, Seoul, Korea – 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 Googleâ„¢ Mobile services and full web browsing at blazing speeds.
The Samsung I7500 offers users access to the full suite of Google services, including Google Searchâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Google Calendarâ„¢, and Google Talkâ„¢. 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.
[image source: Samsung Mobile]