The Apple iPod Touch has today inherited a new rival to its MP3 player crown as Samsung’s Galaxy Player 50 media player goes on sale in the UK.
Measuring in at just 11mm thick, the Galaxy Player 50 sports a 3.2-inch Tab-like WGVGA TFT touch screen, a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Powered by Google’s Android 2.1 (Eclair) mobile OS, you’ll get access to the Android Marketplace to download from the 100,000 and steadily growing app catalogue.
Unlike the Touch, the Galaxy 50 browser supports Flash while compatibility with MPEG4, WMV and DivX/XviD video files should save you the trouble of converting files to watch your flicks on the go. .
On the audio front there’s a mono speaker and Samsung’s SoundAlive Sound Engine technology which is said to recreate 5.1 surround sound and give your music more clarity.
Available in 8GB and 16GB models, storage can be expanded by a micro SD card which ramps it up to 32GB, still a hefty 32GB behind Apple’s priciest iPod Touch.
You can expect to get 25 hours of audio and 5 hours of video which in comparison to the Touch’s 40 hours of audio and 7 hours of video also lags some way behind.
Other notable features include GPS (Google Maps Navigation on board), embedded games, an E-Book Reader, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, an FM radio, DLNA support to wirelessly stream content to your TV or laptop, and the ability to use the device as a remote for Samsung internet enabled TVs.
The Samsung Galaxy Player 50 is priced at £149 (8GB) and £179 (16GB) and is available now from Amazon, Play.com and Argos.
Posted by Michael Sawh