Samsung I7500 live photos

It may only have been officially announced this morning, but already the first live photos of the Samsung I7500 Android cellphone have emerged.  Mobile-Review grabbed some hands-on time with the AMOLED touchscreen handset, confirming that HTC's Magic may have some competition when it comes to attractive Android devices. The Samsung I7500 measures 115 x 56 x 11.9 mm, though the company has not confirmed the handset's weight.  As you can see from the gallery below, Samsung have squeezed in a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top panel, which will come as a pleasant surprise for anyone frustrated by HTC's proprietary audio connector. The microUSB port is also on the top, while along the left-hand side there's a volume rocker.  On the right-hand side are what look to be a camera and a voice-control shortcut, though the photos are too blurry to say exactly.  More on the Samsung I7500 here. Live hands on video demo of Samsung i7500 Android phone: [vms f5bb252d13f5f431e4bb] [gallery]

Samsung I7500 official

O2 Germany have officially announced the Samsung I7500 Android cellphone, the first device for both Samsung and the carrier.  Tipped over the weekend, the I7500 has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, together with a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen running at 320 x 480.

Other specs include GPS, WiFi b/g and HSPA, together with 40GB of storage (8GB internal; up to 32GB via a microSD card).  There's also Bluetooth 2.0, a 1,500mAh battery and the usual bevy of Google applications and access to the Android Market.  The whole thing measures 115 x 56 x 11.9 mm, and still finds room for a 3.5mm headphone socket and microUSB port. The Samsung I7500 will be available exclusively from O2 in Germany from June 2009.  Pricing for the handset itself has not been announced, but the carrier has confirmed that no specific tariffs or service plans will be required; buyers will be able to choose any from O2's range. Live hands on video demo of Samsung i7500 Android phone: [vms f5bb252d13f5f431e4bb] [gallery] Press Release:
O2 exclusively launches: the first Android mobile phone with Google Services from Samsung  Samsung I7500 with 5 megapixel camera and brilliant touch display  Simple and intuitive use  Access to Google Mail, Google Maps and the Android market by one click MUNICH. Telefónica O2 Germany strongly expands its mobile phone product range for the mobile internet. The first Android lifestyle mobile phone with Google Services from Samsung kicks off the new offer. The Samsung I7500 is the first Android mobile phone provided by a leading brand manufacturer and will be exclusively available from O2 as of June 2009. In addition to the form factor and design with mere 11.9 mm thickness, it primarily stands out by its simple and intuitive use. The mobile internet offers a great experience for beginners and professional users alike. The Samsung I7500 combines an expandable Android platform with first-class equipment: a brilliant touch screen display, and a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash and GPS. “The Samsung I7500 offers our customers the best internet experience based on the Android platform provided by Google“, says Lutz Schüler, Managing Director Marketing and Sales for Telefónica O2 Germany. “The Samsung I7500 kicks off a series of exciting devices for the mobile web which we will launch in the next couple of months. There is something for everyone: from beginners to heavy users. And, we put our focus on strong brands, simple use and design.” Classic applications from the PC world can be comfortably accessed by one click on the big touch screen when users are on the move. Thanks to the open platform of the Google operating system, users are able to optimally customize the device to their own requirements. A variety of applications and services is available in the Android market. The contact to friends is guaranteed by integrated and freely available Web 2.0 applications like Facebook, Flickr and Instant Messaging. Customers are always up to date anywhere they go due to the automatic synchronization of emails, contacts and appointments of Google accounts. All other popular email accounts can also be accessed. The integrated GPS receiver enables the comprehensive use of Google Maps: local positioning, detailed route description and simple navigation. The application Wikitude available in the Android market allows customers to access details of unknown sights via photos on the web. The combination of a camera, GPS and an internet browser turns into a personal and interactive guide. As the first Android mobile phone, the Samsung I7500 offers a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash. The big 3.2“ AMOLED display ensures the brilliant representation of photos and videos and reduces the battery power due to the energy-saving technology. The battery has generous dimensions (1500 mAh) and ensures that users enjoy long calls and access to the web. The device also includes WLAN (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0. Supporting various multimedia codec formats the I7500 is a multimedia all-rounder. With ist memory capacity of up to 40 GB it offers enough space for pictures, music and videos. The Samsung I7500 will be exclusively available in all O2 Shops, the specialized trade or on the internet from June 2009. The device can be combined with all tariffs and data packages.

Android Community Week in Review: Week 17 2009

As we wait for the HTC Magic to land, with what's expected to be a May 5th launch on Vodafone UK, this week has been all about alternative devices from the standard Android smartphone. We kicked off with a video demo of a hacked-together Android netbook, only to find the real thing - or at least the promise of it - in the shape of the Skytone Alpha 680 later. Based on an ARM11 processor, the Alpha 680's specs might have trouble blowing the skin off of custard, but it's enough to run Android "fairly well" including some YouTube viewing. In fact the only real disappointment could be the price: early rumors led us to believe that Skytone were aiming for $100 sticker, a figure new information from the company's co-founder has proved inaccurate. The Alpha 680 will actually come in at around $250, with Skytone's target audience being emerging markets. If you'd rather a more pocketable device, and don't mind giving up the QWERTY keyboard, then Routon's P730 and P760 might fill a niche. The compact MIDs are currently seeing distributors, with the promise of Android to sweeten the deal. Finally, what's tipped as Samsung's first Android handset, the I7500, has broken cover. Bearing an AMOLED touchscreen and the usual UMTS/GPS/WiFi connectivity of Android handsets we've seen already, the I7500 is apparently headed to O2 Germany in June.

Samsung I7500 landing O2 Germany in June?

According to Bild am Somtag, you're looking at the the Samsung I7500, set to be the third Android-based cellphone after the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic.  The German-language site claims the touchscreen handset has an 11.9mm thick case, 5-megapixel camera and 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED display. Other specs are suggested as an LED flash, standard 3.5mm headphone jack and WiFi.  Under the hood there's apparently Qualcomm's 528MHz MSM7200A processor, Bluetooth, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSPA, plus 8GB of onboard storage.  It's tipped to hit carrier O2 Germany in June, priced at around €300 ($397). No confirmation from Samsung nor O2 Germany, unsurprisingly.  The photo is obviously a mock-up, and one we're only moderately convinced by; the inconsistent width along the title bar is just one problem. [via OLED-Display]

Android-based Skytone Alpha 680 netbook gets $250 tag

Some things are too good to be true, and the early tipped price for the Skytone Alpha 680 Android netbook is one example.  While initial predictions put the Alpha 680's sticker at the $100 mark, in actual fact the ARM-based netbook will come in at around $250 if Skytone's development goes to plan. According to Skytone co-founder Nixon Wu, the Alpha 680 will measure roughly 8.5 x 6.0 x 1.2 inches and tip the scales at 1.5lbs; that's smaller than the original ASUS Eee PC 701.  Unlike the Eee, it will use a 533MHz ARM11 processor rather than an Intel chip, paired with a 7-inch 800 x 480 display, 128MB of RAM and 1GB of storage.  Wu claims the minimal specs cope with Android "fairly well", with YouTube videos "playing fine". The promise of cross-platform applications will take some time to fulfill, however, as Wu admits that 20-percent of the software currently in the Android Market are incompatible with the Alpha 680.  Wu has also confirmed that pre-installed software will be minimal, and that battery life from the compact 2-cell pack will suffice for 2-4hrs of surfing over WiFi. Skytone's expectation is that the cost of the Alpha 680 will drop as production ramps up, which will come as good news to the company's target audience.  Developing countries and emerging markets are where Skytone expects to shift the most units, for whom "watching TV over the internet is not the most urgent thing" Wu highlighted.  Already Skytone has received "300 inquiries from different countries", the executive claims. More Skytone Alpha 680 Android netbook images here.

Skytone Alpha 680 Android netbook

From Android-based MIDs to an Android netbook, the first budget ultraportable to adopt Google's open-source OS looks to be the Skytone Alpha 680.  A convertible netbook with a 7-inch 800 x 480 display, ARM11 533MHz processor and mere 1GB of onboard storage, the Alpha 680's selling point looks set to be its price, suggested as just $100. For that you get a "capacitive touchpad", which we're assuming means the trackpad below the keyboard rather than the netbook's display itself.  Other specs include WiFi, 128MB of DDR2 RAM (expandable to a heady 256MB) and two USB 2.0 ports.  3G is another option, but there's no telling whether it's integrated or merely plugs into one of those USB ports. The hardware won't blow anybody away, but if Skytone can bring the Alpha 680 to market then they'll likely find at least a few buyers.  We'd wager this is a product in desperate search of a distributor, however, so don't hold your breath. [gallery] [via UMPC Fever]

Routon P760 & P730 Android MIDs announced

Chinese firm Routon could be the first to bring an Android MID (mobile internet device) to the market, in the shape of the Routon P760 and P730.  Each MID has a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, 4GB or 8GB of flash storage and integrated CDMA EVDO connectivity (GSM is currently optional), and Routon offer either their own generic Linux build or Google's open-source mobile OS. The key difference between the P760 and the P730 is the numeric keypad, which the latter lacks.  Otherwise the specifications are the same: a 677MHz Samsung CPU, 256MB of RAM, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.  Routon also include a GPS receiver, and a TV tuner is optional. There's also a 2.0-megapixel camera and 2,000mA battery.  The Routon P760 and P730 should officially launch in May, though specifications might change and of course the company still needs to find distributors to actually bring their MIDs to market. [gallery]

Android netbook gets video demo

We've seen netbooks running Android before, but they're still rare enough to prod our curiosity.  Over at NetbookNews they've been playing with an i-Buddie netbook that's been loaded with Google's open-source OS, and the Atom N270-based ultraportable certainly runs Android. It can't exactly be said to run it smoothly, however, with numerous error messages popping up throughout the demo.  It's unclear exactly whether this is of i-Buddie's doing or something the NetbookNews team have attempted themselves; we're thinking it's the latter. While the end result does look a little like a smartphone stretched to unwieldy lengths across a 10-inch display, don't underestimate Android's potential for netbooks.  According to the latest rumors, ODM manufacturer Compal is already ramping up for Android netbook production this year, while Intel are preparing to support the OS with their mobile processors. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFnqwdIqEW0[/youtube]

Vodafone HTC Magic landing May 5th from free

Vodafone UK have put the HTC Magic up for pre-order, with the touchscreen Android smartphone available from free depending on contract.  Launched back at Mobile World Congress in February, the Magic is HTC's second Android device after the T-Mobile G1 (aka the HTC Dream). According to Vodafone, the first deliveries of the Android handset should arrive on May 5th.  The Magic had been expected to launch on May 1st, itself a delay from the originally slated April release.  Monthly contracts costing £35 ($51) upward (over 18 months) get a free Magic; the cheapest contract is £15 ($22), with the phone then priced at £293.62 ($428). The HTC Magic has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, HSDPA and WiFi.  Our hands-on video is below, and for the full gallery check out our MWC coverage. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEOspvaOmbk[/youtube]
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