Samsung Finally Unveils Android Phone10:07 AM EST Mon. Apr. 27, 2009
Let the drooling begin. After months of Internet chatter, Samsung has officially released the Samsung I7500, a smartphone based on Google's Android software.
However, unless you're in Germany around June, you won't be able to get your hands on the phone right away. Samsung did not release information about a launch date or pricing for the U.S.
Measuring 115 x 56 x 11.9mm, the I7500 has a 3.2-inch AMOLED (active-matrix, organic light-emitting diode) full-touch screen and 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity. Additionally, there is a 5-megapixel camera, 8 GB of internal memory and Micro SD (up to 32 GB of external memory). The smartphone, which uses 1500mAh batteries and a 3.5mm ear jack, supports Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0 and MicroUSB connectivity.
An integrated GPS receiver provides access to Google Maps features such as My Location, Google Latitude, Street View, local search and detailed route descriptions. Additionally, hundreds of other applications are available through Android Market.
Other Google features included on the I7500 are Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar and Google Talk.
HTC, Samsung's smaller rival, beat out the Korea-based electronics giant last October when it launched a smartphone based on the T-Mobile G1. In February, HTC also said it planned to unveil a new Android product, the HTC Magic, also known as the G2 -- or Google 2 " sometime this spring.
HTC also is reportedly partnering with T-Mobile in creating other Android-based devices, including a home phone and a tablet computer.