Samsung has officially announced a new member to its Android-based portable media player, the Galaxy Player. Dubbed the Galaxy Player 4.2, the new version of Samsung’s iPod touch killer comes with a 4.2-inch display and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It means the new Galaxy Player will fall in between the 2011-released 4-inch Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5-inch Galaxy Player 5.0.
The new Galaxy Player’s TFT LCD display will have a resolution of 800 x 480 (WVGA) pixels. It is far thinner and lighter than both the previous versions of Galaxy Players. The new device touts a depth of 8.99mm and weight of 113 grams. It will be equipped with a 1GHz CPU and 8GB of internal storage plus 32GB microSD slot for memory expansion. Well, going by specs, the device is simply a high-end smartphone from 2010.
The Player 4.2 is to come with a downgraded 2-megapixel rear camera. Both the previous versions of the PMP tout 3.5-megapixel cameras on the rear panel. For making video calls over Wi-Fi, the Player 4.2 sports a VGA front facing camera. Further, the new media player features a pair of front-facing stereo speakers and an integrated mic. The device also highlights GPS navigation, Bluetooth 3.0 and FM radio.
A 1500mAh battery will promise five hours of video playback and 40 hours of music playback for the PMP. The new version of Galaxy Player is set to appear in stores in May 2012 for a price of $199.99. The package also contains a pair of stereo headsets. The major difference the new Player makes from its previous versions is Android Gingerbread. The previous Players came up with Froyo 2.2; however, the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich is disappointing.