Perfect for music lovers, Samsung announces Galaxy Player 4.2, 3.6

Samsung beefs up its Android-powered Galaxy Player family with two new additions, the Player 4.2 and 3.6. We go hands on for a closer look.


We first spotted the successor to the Samsung's line of handheld, portable media devices at last year's Mobile World Congress. Despite the fact that the Players have a form factor of a mobile phone, they do not come with any contract or data fees.

Today however, Samsung officially showed off these Wi-Fi-enabled alternatives to the iPod Touch during a press event in San Francisco.

The first is the Galaxy Player 4.2, which aptly has a 4.2-inch screen and is the more robust of the two new Players. It runs on Android Gingerbread, has a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, a 2-megapixel camera in the back and a VGA camera in the front, 8GB of internal memory, and a MicroSD slot, which can be expandable up to 32GB.

The 4.2 has a resolution of 800x480 pixels and has front-facing speakers so you can play music while placing your Player upward. Because it is Bluetooth 3.0-enabled, playing music wirelessly with other audio equipment comes easy. It's equipped with a gyro censor inside for playing games.

Speaking of which, it's preloaded with three games: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, FIFA 12, and the ad-free version of Angry Birds. It will be available for preorder on May 4 in two flavors: black and white. Its retail release date is May 13 for $199.99.

The Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 is another device that gives users a standard, multimedia, music-oriented experience. It runs on Android Gingerbread and has the same CPU, camera, and memory specs. Its display has a resolution of 480x320 pixels, and has a retail price of $149.99. It is available now at Best Buy.