Samsung adds Galaxy 3, Galaxy 5 to its Android arsenal

Samsung shows no signs of letting up when it comes to Android smart phone, but this time it is keeping your wallet in mind.

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The stream of new Samsung handset continues with this week's announcement of the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5. Currently being shown off at CommunicAsia, the handsets are slated for European and Asian markets starting next month. The i5800 Galaxy 3 is aimed at the younger, social networking market and the i5500 Galaxy 5 should appeal to the style-conscious customers. Both use Android 2.1 although I expect updates to 2.2 Froyo before too long.

Looking very similar to a Corby handset, the Samsung Galaxy 3 has a 3.2-inch (240x400-pixel resolution) WQVGA TFT touch screen in addition to a very average 3.0-megapixel camera with autofocus. The phone has 170MB of onboard storage in addition to a 1GB microSD card. However, one area where the Galaxy 3 shines is its variety of connectivity options. Users have the luxury of connecting via 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps), Bluetooth v3.0, or Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n).

Whereas the Galaxy 3 only resembles a Corby phone, the Samsung Galaxy 5 actually gets branded as "Corby Smartphone." With a slightly smaller design, the handset has a 2.8-inch QVGA TFT touch screen, but nearly identical specifications to the Galaxy 3.

If adding expandable memory to your handset is a concern, it's worth pointing out that the Galaxy 5 is reportedly supports up to 16GB while the Galaxy 3 handles up to 32GB cards. Also, the Galaxy 5 has a 1,200mAh battery while the Galaxy 3 has a 1,500mAh power source. I suspect that Samsung is trying to keep the costs down for both phone being that neither features AMOLED or Super AMOLED displays.

For more of the action in Singapore, check out CNET Asia's full CommuniAsia coverage.

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Scott Webster has spent the better part of his adult life playing with cell phones and gadgets. When not looking for the latest Android news and rumors, he relaxes with his wife and son. Scott also is the senior editor for AndroidGuys. E-mail Scott.


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