Samsung Shows off its First Android Phone
Published on: 26th Apr 2009
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Samsung Electronics has shown off its first Android powered mobile phone, the I7500. With a launch of I7500, Samsung became the first company among the global top three mobile phone manufacturers to unveil an Android powered phone.
"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," said JK Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobile Communication Division in Samsung Electronics. "With Samsung's accumulated technology leadership in mobile phone industry and our consistent strategy to support every existing operating system, I believe that Samsung provides the better choices and benefits to our consumers" he added.
The Samsung I7500 is a smartphone, featuring a 3.2" AMOLED full touch screen and 7.2Mbps HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Samsung I7500 offers users access to the full suite of Google services, while the integrated GPS receiver enables use of Google Maps features, such as My Location, Google Latitude, Street View, local search and detailed route description. Hundreds of other applications are available in Android Market.
Along with supporting a 5-megapixel camera and various multimedia codec formats, the I7500 also provides a long enough battery life (1500mAh) and generous memory capacity up to 40GB (Internal memory: 8GB, External memory: Up to 32GB). The phone also boasts a slim and compact design with mere 11.9mm thickness.
The Samsung I7500 will be available in major European countries from June, 2009 - pricing to be announced. Some reports suggest that O2 has already agreed to carry the phone in Germany.