The new breed of Samsung's line of wifi-only handheld smart devices is here with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6, a much thinner and moderately sized version of what we saw several months ago in the Galaxy Player 5.0. This device works with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a single-core Cortex A8 1GHz processor, and has Bluetooth 3.0. This device is meant to work with you offline for the most part when you're out and about, then via wifi for awesome media connectedness when you're at home.
The screen on this device is a very basic 3.65 HVGA TFT display, that being 480 x 320 with some pretty obvious pixels to be seen right out of the box. This device does have 8GB of storage inside and has a microSD card slot so you can expand your memory by an additional 32GB if such a thing strikes your fancy. The single-core 1GHz processor isn't going to light your fire for some of the highest-powered apps and games on the market, but it'll get the job done for music and movies on the go.
There are two cameras on this device, one VGA on the front for low-res video chat, another 2 megapixel camera on the back for photos and video. You'll be working with Samsung's full summer explosion of media sharing and streaming apps including Samsung Smart View, AllShare, and SmartView to connect to your HD Samsung Smart TV. Basically expect this device to wow you as the media controller you've always wanted outside the smartphone world.
The device feels solid and hard enough that you wont have the same "this seems fragile" feeling as we did with the Galaxy Player 5.0. Play DivX, WMV, MPEG4, H.264, MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg, and FLAC. THis device will cost you $149.99 if you pick one up from your local electronics store or online this week - and that's without a contract. For those of you so used to purchasing mobile phones that you forgot that you don't have to pay for some gadgets month-by-month: it's inexpensive as possible!
Stay tuned for our full review of this device this week!