Samsung Adds to Galaxy, Omnia and Wave Smartphone Lineups

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2010-06-15

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.  

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