Samsung to unveil Galaxy Player Android PMP at CES 2011

As Android tablets prepare to make a splash at CES 2011, Samsung is already ahead of the game with their Galaxy Tab Android tablet. While reviews of the device were decidedly mixed, they gained a clear advantage by being first to market, and the Galaxy Tab has become, by default, the bar by which Android tablet quality is measured against. According to TechRadar, Samsung’s Android department isn’t planning on sitting out CES 2011 just because they already have a tablet device to market. According to Samsung Hub, Samsung will be taking a shot at the Android media player market at CES, unveiling the Galaxy Player.

Image Credit: Samsung Hub

It will feature a 4-inch LCD at a resolution of 800x480, and will carry a 1Ghz CPU. It will come with dual cameras, 3.2MP on the back, and standard VGA on the front. If the screenshots on Samsung Hub are accurate, it will feature the Samsung TouchWiz user interface running on the Android 2.2 Froyo mobile OS.

Samsung isn’t the first to try and release a non-phone Android media player. Outside the tablet form-factor market, there have been a few attempts already at playing the same game Apple played with the iPhone and iPod Touch. We reviewed one such Archos device recently, and so far nobody has been able to make an Android media player as successful as Apple’s lineup. One big issue that manufacturers have run into in making an Android PMP is that Google isn’t so willing to give non-3G devices access to the Android market. This time around, Samsung claims that it is working around this issue and plans on offering access to the Android Market in the Galaxy Player. There has been no word on pricing, but this and other details will likely be unveiled at CES.

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i really do not see a need for this device as you can use your phone as a full media player anyways. just buy a 16gb or 32gb sd card and your good to go. you will still have to pay for data anyways if you get this.

smooth3006 said,
i really do not see a need for this device as you can use your phone as a full media player anyways. just buy a 16gb or 32gb sd card and your good to go. you will still have to pay for data anyways if you get this.

There are lots of people who don't want their phone and media player all in one, so for them this device (like the iPod touch), is a good deal. And this device doesn't have 3G, as far as I can tell, so you wouldn't be paying for data, you would simply be using wifi, just like the iPod touch or the non-3G version of the iPad.

ccoltmanm said,
That looks like an iPhone.

A bit I suppose but its got the company name of the front and multiple buttons at the bottom.

smooth3006 said,

have you ever seen miui? the chinese have a habit of copying apple.


Samsung is Korean, not Chinese. But yeah, the interface is a pretty bad rip of iOS.

If this has then marketplace and is competitive with itouch in price then this maybe the pmp to replace my zune hd. I love my zune but the lack of apps is really limiting the device.

Roxkis said,
I love my zune but the lack of apps is really limiting the device.

You and many others are too late to notice that. Bought a Galaxy Vibrant to use as an app/game/ based MID but I'll keep my trusty and 2 years old Zune 80.

Roxkis said,
If this has then marketplace and is competitive with itouch in price then this maybe the pmp to replace my zune hd. I love my zune but the lack of apps is really limiting the device.

Perhaps you are missing the point of the Zune HD. I have a Zune HD and love it to death because it does exactly what I want it to and what it was designed to do: play media. If you need apps and other useless junk get an iCrap.

Nogib said,

Perhaps you are missing the point of the Zune HD. I have a Zune HD and love it to death because it does exactly what I want it to and what it was designed to do: play media. If you need apps and other useless junk get an iCrap.

this logic is interesting.