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Samsung shows off first Android phone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 Apr 2009 20:57 User comments (2)

Samsung shows off first Android phone Samsung has debuted their first mobile phone using the Linux-based Android platform today, dubbed the I7500.
The smartphone has a nice 3.2-inch AMOLED touch screen and will include the new Android 1.5 firmware, which adds a virtual keyboard and video recording among the most notable features. The phone, despite being touchscreen, also has tactile keys under the screen and on the sides of the phone.

The new mobile will follow in the footsteps of the popular T-Mobile G1 and will have deep integration with Google services including Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Talk. For Internet connectivity, users have the option to use Wi-Fi, EDGE, and 3G with up to 7.2-Mbps downlink speed.

Users can access the new Android Market from the handset as well.

"Samsung is among the earliest members of the Open Handset Alliance and has been actively moving forward to introduce the most innovative Android mobile phone,"
added J.K. Shin, executive VP of Samsung's mobile division.

Perhaps more notably, the I7500 supports a wide variety of audio and video codecs and includes 8GB of onboard storage. Those that need more can expand up to 32GB via the microSD slot. The phone also features a 5MP camera with LED flash.

There was no word on price or when it will hit North America, but the phone will hit the UK and Germany in June.

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2 user comments

127.4.2009 22:14

Will this be available on Tmobile only or will another carrier have this phone?

230.4.2009 12:39

No announcement yet for US release details
But you could still get one unlocked from Germany and use on TM or ATT

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