Samsung Adds to Galaxy, Omnia and Wave Smartphone Lineups
Samsung announced additions to its Galaxy, Omnia and Wave
lineups at the CommunicAsia 2010 show in Singapore
June 15, according to multiple reports.
The two new Android smartphones, the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5, are lower-end spin-offs of Samsung's newest flagship device, the Galaxy S, and each will each run Android 2.1 with Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 interface.
The Galaxy 3 is said to feature a 3.2-inch touch screen with a 240-by-400-pixel display and include a 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, WiFi and A-GPS connectivity, and support for quad-band GSM and HSDPA networks.
The Galaxy 5, also dominated by its screen and not looking terribly different from the Galaxy 3, reportedly features a 2.8-inch touch screen with a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. Connectivity and network support are the same as with the Galaxy 3, but the camera on the Galaxy 5 dips to 2 megapixels.
According to PC World, both offer WiFi surfing over 802.11n and HSDPA (high-speed download packet access), though with the Galaxy 3 it's at rates of 3.6M bps and with the Galaxy 5 it's at 7.2M bps. Each also includes an FM radio.
PC World additionally reports that Samsung also showed off a smartphone called the Galaxy Beam-the first Android smartphone to include a pico projector. The Beam can project movies or images at a resolution of 640 by 480, runs Android 2.1, and boasts a 3.7-inch super-AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel camera.
Samsung, highlighting its multiplatform approach to the mobile market, also showed off its very BlackBerry-esque Omnia Pro 4 and Omnia Pro 5, which will run Windows Mobile 6.5. Connectivity options mimic the Galaxy handsets, and camera options likewise vary, with the Omnia Pro 4 getting a 3.2-megapixel camera and the Omnia Pro 5 getting a 2-megapixel version.
The new Wave 2 and Wave Pro, increasing the diversity lineup still further, will run Samsung's Linux-based Bada platform. Connectivity options include Quad-band GSM networks, WiFi, Bluetooth and A-GPS. While each features a good-sized display, the difference appears to be that the Wave 2 Pro also has a slide-out QWERTY keypad.
On the Samsung Website, however, the big news is still the Galaxy S, which the company says has been well-received around the globe and picked up by "over 100 mobile operators."
Billy Chen, director of Samsung's Hong Kong telecommunications team, said the Galaxy S will set a new standard for smartphones.
"The Samsung Galaxy S is the perfect device for those who want more out of their mobile life: to be more effective, productive, better connected and in tune with life-both personal and professional," said Chen. "All of this can be achieved in a very easy and simple way."
Cnet Asia reports that the Galaxy 3, Galaxy 5 and Omnia Pro will launch in July, followed by the Wave 2, Wave 2 Pro and Omnia Pro 5 in August.