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Samsung Galaxy M serves up Super AMOLED for a midrange price

Craving the Super AMOLED screen on Samsung's unlocked Galaxy Galaxy Nexus but its high price gives you pause? Perhaps the newly announced $500 Galaxy M fits more into your budget.

One of the slickest features of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is its big, beautiful Super AMOLED screen. Problem is, I'm a little hesitant to cough up the almost $700 to get it. Well, perhaps the newly unveiled Galaxy M is the next best thing.

It seems that Samsung, on the heels of announcing the Galaxy Ace Plus, has just pulled the tarp off of another slick-looking device, the Galaxy M. According to Samsung's Korean product blog, the Galaxy M will sport a big 4-inch Super AMOLED display, which hopefully will also boast a full 720p HD resolution like the company's flagship Galaxy Nexus.

The phone's other specs don't quite impress me. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is on board, not the latest version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and mobile computing is powered by a midrange 1GHz single-core processor. A 3-megapixel camera is well below the 8-megapixel benchmark for Android gadgets, too.

Still, the Galaxy M is sure to turn heads with its ultrathin size (0.39 inch) and eye-catching colors of Platinum Silver, Blue Black, and Lavender Pink. Best of all, Samsung claims the phone will cost about $500, about $200 less than the unlocked Galaxy Nexus, which is the only current Galaxy Nexus option for T-Mobile and AT&T subscribers.