Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 adds gyroscope, Gingerbread

Samsung's Galaxy S WiFi Android MP3 player has been given an upgrade, with a slightly bigger screen and enhanced gaming skills.

The 4-inch Samsung Galaxy S WiFi already had the iPod touch  firmly in its sights, and now with this latest update Samsung has its finger on the trigger. The Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 bumps up the screen size from 4 inches to 4.2 -- still a way off the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 .

Not only that, it adds a gyroscope so you can control games by tilting the device -- far more intuitive than on-screen controls that block the action, if you ask me. And it's updated the player to Android 2.3 Gingerbread , up from 2.2 Froyo on the 4.0 and 5.0 models.

While Ice Cream Sandwich would've been nice, like on many phones announced at Mobile World Congress, it's not essential. The device isn't actually a phone, and you can only get online using Wi-Fi, so you'll be using it mostly for games, and some apps.

The screen resolution stays at 480x800 pixels, though weirdly the camera resolution has come down from 3.2 megapixels to 2. Maybe no one was using the camera after all. It's capable of recording HD videos, and there's a 640x480-pixel front-facing camera too. 

Bluetooth 3.0 comes as standard, along with USB 2.0, and of course the eponymous Wi-Fi. Storage is 8GB or 16GB, plus you can expand that by up to 32GB with a microSD card. That should be space for enough apps, games and music to keep you going for years. The Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 keeps the same 1GHz processor as the Galaxy S 4.0.

There's no word on a price or UK release date yet, but I'll let you know when I hear. 

It's yet another screen size for Samsung. One of its execs recently admitted it wasn't doing too well in the tablet game , and to be honest I think trying every screen size imaginable isn't going to help. But what do you reckon? Let me know below in the comments, or on Facebook. And for more from Mobile World Congress, check out

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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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