The Galaxy Portal isn't the latest Stargate spin-off, it's Samsung's new Android phone. Here is the first picture of the phone, available now from T-Mobile.
We're glad the Galaxy Portal gets a proper name -- Galaxy Spica if you're foreign -- because it's also called the i5700. That's a reversal of the last Android phone the company made, the, which could get confusing.
The Galaxy Portal is a quad-band phone packing HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. There's 180MB of internal memory and a 1GB microSD card in the box. Samsung claims a very specific 5 hours and 5 minutes of talk time.
The handset is a mere 13.2mm thick, with a 81mm (3.2-inch) screen and 3.5mm headphone jack for your choons. There's a 3.2-megapixel camera, and video support for MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, and DivX.
Augmented-reality browser iPhone world, Layar is still mysteriously missing from the iTunes App Store.is built-in, allowing you to point the phone at the world around you and see information overlaid on the image on your screen. Samsung has created a handy Layar layer that helps you find pubs showing the football match you want to watch. Incidentally, over in
T-Mobile will be the only operator selling the Galaxy Portal for the next month. If you want a black model, it's exclusive to T-Mobile for the next three months. Sign up to an 18-month combi tariff and you'll get the phone for £70, plus 100 minutes and texts for £13.50 per month. An £18 monthly payment nets you the phone for free, plus 200 minutes and texts.
The Portal runs Android 1.5, but Samsung promises an update is imminent for all Galaxy handsets.