Thank goodness Samsung still believes in the standalone PMP as much as I do. According to Samsung Hub, the manufacturer will deliver an Android 2.2-based MP3/Video player, which has me all excited. Samsung usually delivers superior audio quality in their players, and the addition of Android means it’ll make a great personal gaming system or slick PDA, just like the iPod touch.
The device is supposed to bear the Galaxy Player moniker (model number YP-GB1) and resemble the Galaxy S line of smart phones: 4-inch Super LCD, 800×480 res screen (not Super AMOLED… oh well), b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, front and rear cameras, GPS, and a microSD slot. Samsung Hub also claims that, in addition to access to Samsung Apps, the official Android Market will also be on board. That will put it ahead of the Archos PMPs running Android. It will come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB models.
If the story is true, we’ll get our first look at CES next week. Earlier in the year Samsung reps did indicate that this player was coming, so we won’t be surprised to find this information accurate. But, if it really has the Android Market, that may cause some consumers to hold off on buying a smart phone and stick with their (much less costly) flip or feature phones and deal solely with the Galaxy Player for apps.