Samsung unveils Android-powered Galaxy Spica

Samsung reveals its new Google Android phone, the Galaxy Spica I5700.

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On Monday, Samsung revealed its latest Google Android device, the Samsung Galaxy Spica (I5700).

Like its siblings, the Samsung Behold II and Samsung Galaxy, the Spica has more of a multimedia focus and is actually the first Android smartphone to offer DivX support. In addition, it includes DNSe 2.0 (Digital Natural Sound engine) technology to improve sound quality and features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 3.2-inch (320x480) capacitive touch screen.

The Spica measures 0.51 inch thick and features a 1500mAh lithium ion battery. Other highlights of the smartphone include an 800MHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The Spica will support the full suite of Google services but runs Android 1.5 rather than 2.0.

The quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; HSDPA 900/2100) Samsung Galaxy Spica is available in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States now and will be expanded to the Middle East and Asia markets. However, there's no word yet on North American availability.

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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