Samsung goes big with 5.8-inch Galaxy Player
Ahead of the IFA show, the company upsizes its Android device for playing music, video, and games. It's edging closer toward Nexus 7 mini-tablet territory.
A big screen may be awkward for a phone you hold up to your ear, but it's nice for movies and games -- which likely is why Samsung announced a bigger new 5.8-inch model of its Galaxy Player line.
The company offers smaller versions -- for example, itswith an 800x480 screen. The 5.8-inch version, though, features a higher-resolution 960x540 screen, a 16:9 aspect ratio.
The announcement arrived just before the IFA consumer-electronics conference in Berlin, where Samsung will hold a press conference Wednesday. It's not clear how much the 5.8-inch model will cost or when it'll arrive.
Anybody in the market for an Android gadget today should be aware that $200 today also will get you the highly regarded Google Nexus 7 tablet, a notch bigger and less pocketable but with a 1280x800 screen. The Nexus 7 only comes with 8GB or 16GB of memory, though, where the Galaxy Player 5.8 gets 16GB or 32GB.
Other specs in Samsung's new device include a Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 2,500mAh battery, a microSD card, 802.11b/g/n wireless networking, GPS support, a front-facing videocamera, and a built-in education portal with multimedia material such as lectures.