Samsung Spica

Samsung Galaxy Spica Announced Again, now in Korea

Okay, so it appears Russia jumped ahead of HQ when they had the official announcement for the Samsung Galaxy Spica I5700 last October. Not to worry, here's the mothership's Official announcement, which was yesterday by the way, direct from Seoul Korea to the world. Mmm, either I need my pills, or I need to get off the SciFi channel for a bit. According to this latest announcement from Samsung Electronics HQ, this new Android-powered smartphone has an 800MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera and 3.5mm headphone jack, all in a casing measuring 13.2mm thick. Which we already knew, but now has been confirmed. Also, the Samsung Galaxy Spica I5700 is already on sale in various European and CIS countries (Commonwealth of Independent States; like Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, and others), but will soon be launching in the Middle East and Africa. Below, you can read the press release for this Android phone.
November 16, 2009 11:06 AM Samsung unveils Galaxy Spica (I5700), its newest Android-powered smartphone Seoul (Korea Newswire) November 16, 2009 -- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today officially announced its newest Android-powered smartphone, the ‘Galaxy Spica’ (I5700). Samsung Galaxy Spica is a powerful Android-powered smartphone that offers seamless connectivity, highlighted by smooth access to Google™ mobile services and easy connection to popular social network sites such as Facebook and MySpace. The Galaxy Spica shows faster and more powerful performance than ever before by providing 800 MHZ application processor, so users can enjoy a variety of applications that can be downloaded from Android Market™. “Samsung has made a great effort to strengthen our smartphone line up with a wide range of innovative products for every user,” said JK Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of the Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “The Samsung Galaxy Spica, powered by Android, is the perfect fit for users who want to enjoy a powerful and fast mobile experience”, he added. Samsung Galaxy Spica provides an exceptional multimedia experience by supporting DivX for the first time on Android-powered phones to eliminate the hassle of file format conversions. Equipped with DNSe 2.0 for better sound quality and 3.5 mm ear jack, the Galaxy Spica offers the fully comprehensive multimedia feature set. Moreover, a long enough battery life (1500mAh) allows its users to enjoy all the applications and multimedia content. The phone also boasts its slim and compact design with mere 13.2 mm thickness. The Samsung Galaxy Spica supportsthe full suite of Google services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube™, and Google Talk™, letting users enjoy the familiar desktop computer experience while on the move. The Samsung Galaxy Spica is now available in Europe, CIS, and will be expanded to MEA region. News Source: Samsung Electronics

Official Announcement in Russia, Samsung Galaxy Spica to Arrive on November

The little brother of the Samsung Galaxy I7500 - the Galaxy Spica - has been announced in Russia. It keeps the bright red accent on the navigation button and on the front speaker, as well as the glossy black on the chassis. Although Shane wonders why so many smartphones are just black or white nowadays. According to the press release, the Samsung Spica has a 3.2-inch display, a 128MB of memory, and a processor running at 800MHz, together with quadband GSM and dualband 900/2100 UMTS/HSPA. It'll obviously have all the usual Google applications that Android users have come to love, and it will also have access to the Android Market, so you can get more apps for it. The new Galaxy Spica will also have a 1,500mAh battery and a microSD card slot, for memory cards of up to 32GB. The Price for the Samsung Galaxy Spica when it arrives in Russia on November 2009, will be set at 14,000 roubles ($484). As of now, there's no word on US or European availability. [Via SlashGear]

Samsung Spica & Bigfoot coming Q3 2009?

Hot on the heels of Samsung's I7500 Android phone comes this pair, the Samsung Spica, on the left, and the Samsung Bigfoot, on the right.  Both running Google's Android platform, only the next-gen version currently known as Android OS 2.0 "Donut", they're expected to drop in Q3 2009. The Spica is a mass market handset with triband HSDPA (900/1900/2100) and a 3-megapixel autofocus camera, and will slot in beneath the Samsung I7500.  Onboard storage is 100MB, plus a microSD card, and there's WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS, plus an accelerometer and digital compass.  The Spica's touchscreen display is a 3-inch WQVGA LCD, and the whole thing measures 111.5 x 52.6 x 12.9 mm. As for the Samsung Bigfoot, that has the same specifications as the Spica but throws in HSDPA (900/1700/2100) for T-Mobile USA 3G network compatibility.  It also gains some girth - 16.3mm thick, in fact - thanks to the slide-out QWERTY keyboard.  While it's too early to say, it does rather resemble the tiny render of the T-Mobile G1 v2 spotted in the carrier's leaked roadmap. Samsung are apparently giving the Spica a new version of their TouchWiz GUI, rather than leaving the handset as a standard Android handset.  There's also word that Android OS 2.0 "Donut" will support WVGA displays and have a number of new features that existing Android devices won't support (or even have an upgrade option for), the speculation being that handset manufacturers have been waiting for this new version for their first Android foray. [gallery] [via Unwired View]