actual androids. But Samsung's Galaxy Player 5.0 seems like a gadget in search of a problem to solve. Ostensibly a competitor to the iPod Touch, albeit one that's built at a plus-sized scale, this Wifi-only media player may be music to the ears of those who want a huge screen and no phone contract (or, indeed, a phone at all) to worry about.
PsiXpda has its way. The company - which tested the UMPC waters in late 2009 with a Windows XP based unit, reviewed by SlashGear - intends to channel the design of the much-loved Psion Series 5mx in a new, Android-based model. PsiXpda founder Paul Pinnock told Reghardware that while the original Atom-based UMPC was "not fast enough and not good enough" and failed to live up to the Psion comparisons made in promotions at the time, the new model will be altogether more interesting. The design will be based on the Psion Series 5mx, which used a clever folding-sliding hinge so as to fit a large QWERTY 'board (with surprisingly decent key-travel) and a 5.6-inch touchscreen into a pocket-sized palmtop. We can't argue with Pinnock's decision to use Android, and a lot of us still have warm memories of Psion hardware and its under-appreciated OS. No word on when, exactly, the new PsiXpda model will hit the market, nor for how much, but we won't argue with easier typing on something larger than the average smartphone slide-out thumbboard. [via SlashGear]
Cowon's D3 PMP went up for pre-order, and now it's already shipping. Earlier than expected, the 3.7-inch AMOLED media player is on sale in both the UK and the US, with its JetEffect 3.0 tuning courtesy of Cowon's own CEO, Namkyu "Golden Ears" Park. Advanced MP3 Players are listing all three versions: 8GB for £219, 16GB for £239 or 32GB for £279; US shoppers can pick up the 32GB version through Amazon for $369.99 [via SlashGear]
Streak is on track for release in March 2011, according to details purportedly leaked from an internal presentation, and is currently being developed under the codename Opus One. According to StreakSmart's anonymous source, the Dell Opus One will keep the 5-inch screen size of the original Streak, but use a higher-resolution panel running at around 1280 x 800. It's also tipped to have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, perhaps from Qualcomm's new Snapdragon range. Strangely, "Opus One" was the internal codename Motorola gave the Android smartphone that eventually became the Motorola i1.
IS01 clamshell Android MID has gone up for sale in the US, courtesy of importer Conics. They have the 1GHz Snapdragon MID up at $246; that gets you a 5-inch 960 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and dual cameras. Unfortunately the 3G functionality doesn't work, since it uses a Japanese 3G radio. Still, it's a cheap MID and a good way to get a hardware QWERTY keyboard on an Android device. [via Pocketables]
official pricing and availability your wait is over. Dell has finally offered up the last few details we need to decide if the device is for us or not. The Streak will land on August 13. You will spend $300 for the MID with a new contract for data. The Streak has a 5-inch screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS capability, and a 1GHz CPU under the sleek hood. Dell didn’t give us any idea on exactly what version of Android is being used. We would assume Android 1.6 to be on the safe side and hope an upgrade will be offered sooner rather than later. If you don’t want that AT&T data plan the full price for the MID is $550.