Samsung I7500

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]
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