Samsung Galaxy Player 5.8 dwarfs the iPod Touch, runs ICS

Samsung's Galaxy Player 5.8 has a monster 5.8-inch screen, and comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung seems to be one of the few companies still doing battle with Apple's iPod Touch . So how do you take on the best? Go big. That's Samsung's reasoning, anyway.

The Galaxy Player 5.8 has a whopping 5.8-inch screen, which makes even the Galaxy Note seem small, SlashGear reports. Its resolution of 960x540 pixels isn't as sharp as the Note's though.

It runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich , with Samsung's own TouchWiz UI on top. There's no word on whether it'll get the upgrade to Jelly Bean at some point, but we can hope. Samsung's Learning Hub is also on-board, along with AllShare Play streaming support and Samsung's Chat messenger service.

Inside it's got 16 or 32GB of memory, with a microSD card slot letting you add up to 32GB more. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS come as standard.

It comes in white or black and will be on sale in September, though there's no word on a price yet. Expect to hear more when IFA kicks off next week.

Samsung's Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 had a 5-inch screen, but that was its biggest MP3 player before this monster shifted into view. (The Galaxy S comes in a diddy 4.2-inch size as well, if these are too much for you.) The iPod Touch is a measly 3.5 inches by comparison.

Samsung is riding the trend for bigger devices at the moment, with its Galaxy Note 2 rumoured to be bigger than the original's 5.3 inches. Apple is also thought to be getting in on the act, with its iPhone 5 rumoured to have a 4-inch screen. It's most probably stuck with smaller screens until now because it didn't want to sacrifice battery life.

What do you think of the Galaxy Player 5.8? Is it too big? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook.

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    Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.


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