Samsung may have taken a $1.05 billion blow
to the head plus a share price plunge, but it still shows no signs of being down for the count. In fact, in the same time period as it suffered a legal defeat by Apple, the Korean manufacturer unveiled its iPod Touch rivalling 5.8” Galaxy Player.
The device, which was announced on the company’s Korean blog
, boasts a particularly large 5.8” screen with a 540 x 960 resolution. Interestingly, this is the same size as the screen that the Galaxy Note 2 phablet
is rumoured to sport.
According to the International Business Times
, the sizable media player will have a 1 GHz dual-core CPU with 1 GB RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, and come in 16 GB and 32 GB versions, expandable via use of a microSD card.
Additionally, the media player will apparently run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and have a good dollop of Samsung’s own TouchWiz interface on board as well. The Galaxy Player will apparently further boast a 2500 mAh capacity battery, a front facing VGA camera, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, according to The Next Web
The site also reported that Samsung’s Sound Alive technology will be the driving force behind its stereo sound output.
However, and on a particularly interesting note, the device will apparently boast a Learning Hub and some education focused features, such as a dictionary, software geared at student lectures, and several as yet not detailed educational content services.
To the point
This is notable (no pun intended) if only because it follows another of Samsung’s forays into the educational market (a sector particularly prized by Apple, incidentally), with the more recent announcement of its Galaxy Note 10.1
Indeed, both announcements seem to indicate that Samsung is firmly settings its sights on classrooms and students. We suspect that the company is envisioning scenarios where students capture notes and lectures on their Galaxy Note, perhaps in tandem with their Galaxy Player.
Of one thing we are fairly certain – while Apple may have won its court battle, the war between Apple and Samsung is far from over.
Admittedly though, Samsung has not released prices or dates when the device will become globally available. In other news, Samsung has announced that its S3 smartphone is now available in a ‘Garnet Red’ version, alongside the current ‘Marble White’ counterpart.