The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Samsung will sell a stripped-down version of its successful Galaxy S smartphone as a digital media player. This is big because there hasn’t really a major challenger to the iPod since Microsoft’s Zune and we all know how that ended. Can Samsung succeed where Microsoft couldn’t, maybe. The device will be called the Galaxy Player YP-GB1, matches most of the specifications of its Galaxy S phone, though its 4-inch touchscreen uses LCD instead of newer organic LED and its operating system will be a more advanced version of Android. The gadget is 9.9 millimeters thick and weighs 121 grams.
With this latest moves, Samsung will roll out a series of Galaxy-named devices that will have match up with the iPod, iPad, and iPhone products for product. Samsung will have the Galaxy Player, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy smartphone. Each one of the devices are Android based and support its apps.
Many of you have probably been hearing the rumors about this device for months, but Samsung only formally announced it on Monday and said that it will be available in South Korea next month, though no exact shipping date was given. Samsung also didn’t provide pricing details but most think that pricing will be heavily dependent on the amount of on-board storage. As far as the rest of us, Samsung is aiming to release the device in other countries in the April to June time-frame and will have it on display at the CES in Las Vegas next week.
So we ask you our readers, does the Samsung Galaxy Player have any chance at all of competing with the iPod line of products?