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Samsung Launches Galaxy Rival To iPod Touch; Pimps Voice Calls

Samsung has unveiled a new portable media player at IFA in Germany; the Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi 3.6 is, in a nutshell, a Galaxy S without traditional voice calling capabilities and with lower specifications.

The device, which will rival the iPod Touch, is a followup to the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.0 and 5.0 launched earlier this year, and is targeted at the user who wants to "look for the entertainment and WiFi capabilities of an Android smartphone, but who does not want to incur the cost of a monthly smartphone contract" according to Samsung's press release.

It comes with a 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP SoC, powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3.65-inch HVGA TFT touchscreen, a two megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a front facing VGA camera, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, USB 3.0, a 1200mAh battery, either 8GB or 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot and S-GPS.

Samsung says that the value added features include its own Apps, a Social Hub which aggregates status updates and messages, Google's mobile services (including access to Android Market) and Samsung Smart Remote control for Samsung Smart TV range.

The device will be available in the UK in early October and will go on sale at the usual online/high street retailers. The SRP for the 8GB model will be £149 while the 16GB one will cost £169 - that's significantly less than what Apple is charging at the moment; Amazon is already listing the 16GB (opens in new tab) model which it says will be released on the 24th of September.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.