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Samsung Galaxy Player: Pre-order now for £150

Amazon has opened its pre-order doors for the Samsung Galaxy Player, the Android 2.2 device that we first laid eyes on at IFA last year.

And with Sammy hoping that the Player will take on Apple’s touch screen PMP king, the iPod touch, the price point signals its intent.

Coming in at £40 cheaper than the 8GB iPod touch, the 8GB Samsung Galaxy Player may not have the retina display of its Cupertino rival but it does boast DNLA compatibility, a 3.2-inch TFT-LCD display, expandable SD card memory, and access to the Android market.

Basically, it’s a Samsung Galaxy S without the phone capabilities (in the same way that the iPod touch is a phone-less iPhone).

It’s got Wi-Fi on board and you’ll get 30 hours of audio playback or 5 hours of video from the 1000 mAh, replaceable battery.

It can handle an array of file types and video codecs including MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC (lossless), WMA, OGG, AMR, MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX and Xvid.

There’s also a 16GB version available for £30 more, so if you’re thinking about video on the go, then you may want to fork out the extra.

The models from Amazon are white, and will be shipped when the Samsung Galaxy Player is released on 7 January.

VIA : pocket-lint


Asus Eee Pad Android tablet might have a sliding keyboard

Those teaser pics of the Asus Eee Pad upcoming tablets with Windows and Android last week definitely had something going on about them. One of them clearly showed a keyboard attached to the tablet, and in another one two halves were present. Then we deduced that it is most likely a detachable keyboard shot at different angles, similar to the accessory for the Windows 7 Asus EP121 with the 12″ screen.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency has reported now that actually both scenarios are in place for Asus tablets, that are to be announced at CES as soon as tomorrow. The Android tablet is supposed to feature a slide-out keyboard, and the Windows slate will have a detachable keyboard as a separate accessory.

Sounds quite innovative already, and its Eee Pad tablets also sport slick design and high-end specs like USB 3.0 (for the Windows version). Well, we know Asus is aiming for double digit share of the non-iPad tablet market this year, and that will not be easy to achieve with anything less.

Asus is said to release six tablets in total this year, and they will most probably be shown at CES, where we will be scouring the floors, so stay tuned for more updates on this and other tablet surprises


Official Specs for Sprint’s Evo Shift Announced

HTC is about to drop a new phone that we’ve been talking about for a while now. The Evo Shift is a slightly smaller version of the original Evo 4G, but with a QWERTY keyboard. If you’ve been following our site consistently, or following Android news in general, you’ve heard of the Evo Shift. It’ll be hitting Sprint’s sales avenues within the next week or two, and we’ve finally gotten a solid word on the actual tech specifications of the phone. When the Evo Shift lands, it’ll be sporting the following hardware:

  • 3.7″ Capacitive Touchscreen Display
  • Slide-out Full QWERTY Keyboard
  • Android 2.2 OS
  • 4G Data Speeds in Supported Markets
  • Up to 32GB of microSD Expansion Memory
  • 8.0 MP Camera with Dual LED Flash + Video Capture
  • Dimensions (H x W x D)4.63 x 2.3 x .47 in
  • Weight (w/standard battery)4.6 oz
  • 8GB MicroSD Card
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    Nexus S overclocked to 1.2GHz, runs too damn fast for its Bluetooth to work

    Even at its default 1GHz speed, Samsung’s Hummingbird is one of the finest mobile processor around, but are you really going to complain about getting the option to crank an extra 200 milion clock cycles out of it? Morfic over on the xda-developers forums has delivered a kernel permitting Nexus S owners to achieve just that, although he still has to fix an issue that disables the phone’s Bluetooth capabilities.Still, if you value ludicrous speed over wireless peripherals, the source link is your friend.



    Toshiba announces unnamed Tegra 2-powered Android tablet, waits only for Honeycomb

    Let the Tegra 2-powered, Android Honeycomb tablet announcements begin! Apparently (andunderstandably) staying away from a Folio 2 moniker, Toshiba is kicking off CES with its new unnamed 10.1-inch Android tablet, and we have to say from our brief look at a non-working unit a few weeks ago, it may just have what it takes to stick out from the rest.. at least on the spec and manufacturing quality front. The tablet has a capacitive, high 1280 x 800-resolution display along with an accelerometer and ambient light sensor (or what Toshiba has dubbed as Adaptive Display technology). It also has a 5 megapixel rear camera as well as a 2 megapixel front-facing one. Yep, this one is well stocked and just a quick look at the pictures below will show that the slab has got full sized USB and HDMI jacks, a single mini-USB socket, and an SD card slot.

    While we couldn’t turn on the dual-core Tegra 2-powered tablet, which will eventually run “the next version of Android designed for tablets” aka Honeycomb, we have to say the EasyGrip, spill-resistant, rubberized back felt really solid in hand and the 1.7-pound, .6-inch thick tablet felt comparable to the iPad in terms of portability. Oh, and did we mention that the aforementioned rear cover is swappable, so not only can you change its color but you can replace the battery? We told you it had some of the ingredients to make it go far, but we’re obviously lacking quite a bit of information here to make any further decisions. Toshiba’s maintaining that the tablet will be released in the first half of 2011 and the pricing will be competitive, but we’ll be digging for more when we get to Vegas and hopefully reporting back with some impressions of a working unit.

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