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Samsung I7500  (Source: Engadget)
I7500 has a European launch date, but no news on U.S. availability

Google has high expectations for Android in 2009 as it looks for the open source OS to grab a larger portion of the smartphone market. The open source OS started slowly, but is now picking up steam in the market.

T-Mobile's HTC-sourced million-selling G1 smartphone was the first Android device to hit the market, but it is no longer alone. Samsung has officially announced its new Android-powered I7500 handset. The phone features a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 320 x 480. The I7900 supports HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps networks on 900/1700/2100MHz frequencies.

The device also supports EDGE and GPRS networks on 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz. That means that it could support the AT&T network here in America. However, Samsung makes no mentions of the device coming to the U.S. at this point with the launch date set for June in Europe only.

Samsung Executive Vice President JK Shin said in a statement, "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. 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."

Samsung says that the I7500 offers the full suite of Google services including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, and Google Talk. The device also has internal GPS allowing location-based features of the Google services to be utilized.

Other features of the device include a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and a Power LED that can record video and take still pictures. The phone supports video and audio formats including MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, RA. Internal memory is 8GB and the phone has a microSD card slot supporting cards up to 32GB. Power comes from an internal rechargeable battery with 1,500 mAh of power. Overall measurements for the I7500 are 115 x 56 x 11.9mm.

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By afkrotch on 4/27/2009 10:38:27 AM , Rating: 1
I'd get the phone just for it's multimedia capabilities.

RE: Damn
By omnicronx on 4/27/2009 10:52:34 AM , Rating: 1
Screen size is only 320x480, while the long list of supported codecs and the 5.0MP camera are nice, many other phones have similar features with a high resolution screen. I can't imagine going back to anything less than 640x480 after using it for a few months.

HTC's new android phone (magic) also only has a HVGA screen, so I wonder if the OS itself is holding things back (almost all of HTC's new high end phones have atleast a VGA screen)

RE: Damn
By hirschma on 4/27/2009 12:31:37 PM , Rating: 3
Your speculation that the resolution on that phone may be related to an OS limitation is somewhat odd, considering that Android has been running on netbooks for a while now (and at full screen resolution).

Much more likely that Samsung doesn't want to have to deal with the cost of a higher-res screen.

RE: Damn
By omnicronx on 4/27/2009 1:39:15 PM , Rating: 2
considering that Android has been running on netbooks for a while now (and at full screen resolution).
Well thats just plain untrue, there are currently no android netbooks on the market, (find it funny you mention it as DT released an article on the subject just today), but there will be one in 3 months. That being said, its screen is not 'full resolution' (Anything less than XVGA is too small in my books for a netbook) at 800x480 and its battery life is just abysmal. (4 hours on a 2cell battery)

And just so you know, if you look around the net you will see articles of those struggling to get Android to work at even VGA resolutions, furthermore most of the apps designed so far were all made for HVGA screens. So my speculation is not totally unfounded, although I am sure we will be seeing higher resolution devices in the future.

RE: Damn
By Proteusza on 4/27/2009 11:06:05 AM , Rating: 3
Wake me when Google is able to force the network operators to allow Skype on their networks.

RE: Damn
By omnicronx on 4/27/2009 11:54:37 AM , Rating: 2
Not exactly full featured but..

Works with the G1..

P.S If Google wants android to be successful, they will not be forcing carriers to do anything. This is how they will get the one up on Apple, and this is the only thing that Windows mobile currently has over both, the ability for the carrier to fully customize the phone to their liking. (AT&T does not make as much money from the iPhone as you would think)

In the end you can still install anything on your phone, so just give android some time to build a userbase. At this point I assure you, you will see 3rd party apps that let you do exactly what you want within no time.

RE: Damn
By feraltoad on 4/29/2009 3:35:06 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is the carriers like to strip out the phones core functionality so they can charge you for their lame add-on services. I have a Moto Q9c and Alltel has disabled the GPS in the phone, but will gladly sell me their GPS service. This is akin to a car dealership literally locking up the sparkplugs on two cylinders and having you pay extra to them every month if you want "the increased power option".

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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