Shooting for the Center – Why the Galaxy S 4G will Win the Mid-Tier Android Wars of Early 2011

February 2, 2011
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If you've been following this game along closely, you know what we're up against as far as Super Phones. Motorola Atrix 4G, LG Optimus 2X, HTC ThunderBolt - am I missing any? With massive speeds from dual-core Tegra 2 processors, gigantic cameras, and "most powerful" tags being thrown around, what ground is left for the Galaxy S 4G? Why, the middle ground of course. That special place for people that've had an Android phone before but don't quite want to shell out $300 to $600 for a superphone that they won't know what to do with anyway. That place where customers want it to go fast, they want it to work, and they want it to look basically sort of nice on the outside. This is Galaxy S 4G range.

Let's list what the Samsung Galaxy S 4G has to offer:
Android 2.2 Froyo
T-Mobile 4G Speeds with peak downloads of 21 Mbps (theoretical)
[ST-Ericsson M5720 HSPA+ 4G modem]
Wifi
HD TV3 through T-Mobile TV
INCEPTION (full movie loaded on the device)
T-Mobile video chat by Qik
4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display
5 megapixel camera (rear facing)
720p HD camcorder (rear facing)
doubleTwist with AirSync
Preloaded Kindle for Android
Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor
pre-installed 16GB microSD memory card
1650 mAh lithium ion battery.

What doubleTwist AirSync does is:

Featured as a pre-installed application, doubleTwist® with AirSync™ provides customers with a useful and easy way to auto-sync and back up photos, HD videos and music to and from their home computer. With a Wi-Fi connection, customers can easily sync their media wirelessly and at no additional cost. The doubleTwist Player lets customers enjoy their favorite tunes and videos directly from their phone while on the go. The Galaxy S 4G also comes preloaded with Slacker Radio, offering music fans more than 130 genre stations and ability to create their own custom stations for free.

We spoke about a very similar (yet not quite the same) functionality on what might be the new Android social system later today: Your Entire Music Library in The Cloud, Streamed to Your Android Device, Announced Tomorrow.

This and the rest of the items you see above are basically amazing compared to most of the phones that came out the entire year of 2010. Is it fantastic compared to what's about to be released at Mobile World Congress 2011 (which we'll be attending, mind you?) It doesn't really stand up so well. Does it rock compared to the also-soon-to-come LG Optimus V? You bet it does.

Thusly, we have a phone that's not quite at the top of the pack, yet not as mid-range as a very obviously mid-range phone such as the LG Optimus V. Where does that put it? Right at the top of the middle tier, or right at the bottom of the top. Agree?

Also check out the full press release for the Galaxy S 4G [here]


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  • Anonymous

    I’d agree. low top or top middle. seems like a nice device, that is if samsung steps up and delivers with the updates. Thunderbolt here i come:)

  • Ian

    If the “super phones” are as expensive as assumed above, then it makes a lot of sense, but the rumors seem to be that the Atrix will only be 150 with a contract. In that case the galaxy would have to be pretty cheap to have any significant cost advantage.

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      agreed completely

    • http://foxpacific.myopenid.com/ James

      Agreed, and with a $50 Multimedia dock and $150 laptop dock, how are the others even going to compete? The only downside I can see so far is Motorola locking down the phone. However, if the updated blur is as good as I’ve been hearing and Motorola keeps with the updates as they have (better than Samsung anyways) I’m sure they will dominate the market even more than the iPhone did.

    • Codydang

      I got my atrix for $99.99 on a 3 year plan