As was widely expected, Rogers today announced the immediate availability of the Samsung Galaxy Spica. The carrier’s fourth Android smartphone, the Galaxy Spica offers a 3.2″ AMOLED HVGA capacitive display, 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3.6Mbps HSDPA/UMTS, 800MHz processor and up to 7 hours of talk time and 10 days of standby for $79.99 on a standard 3-year deal. Anyone that was hoping it would come pre-loaded with anything past Android 1.5 aka “Cupcake” will be sorely disappointed, although we’ve received official word from Rogers that an update to Android 2.1 is in the works, there are “no details on timing to share at the moment.” C’est la vie. More →
Today Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Spica i5700, a wallet-friendly Android smartphone that we’ve been keeping tabs on since September. On sale now in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States with availability in the Middle East and Asia coming shortly, the Galaxy Spica features an AMOLED touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera, DivX support (a first for Android), 3.5mm headphone jack and an 800MHz processor. Oddly enough, official pricing was omitted from the press release, but last we heard it was to go for around 350€ or $524 USD.
The Android-powered Samsung i5700 stopped by the Netherlands for a high definition photo shoot on Thursday. While specifications don’t seem to have changed since initial reports surfaced, man are we happy they toned down the color a bit. The European version of the Samsung Galaxy i5700 should run you about €350 as far as retail pricing goes, and since this isn’t a With Google handset, expect Samsung’s TouchWiz interface to make an appearance. But let’s be honest, we’re just happy we got the Behold II in place of this…
Despite the fact that Android is only available on a few handsets at this point, that isn’t stopping manufacturers from adopting a new strategy with Android. Initially, Android found its way to a handful of high-end phones but manufacturers across the board seem anxious to get Android onto more accessible handsets. Next in line: the Samsung i5700 Galaxy Lite. The release version likely won’t be quite as loud as this prototype but if you can work your way past the lime green you’re looking at a pretty solid little handset. Spec highlights include a full AMOLED touchscreen display, 1GB of storage, a 3.2 megapixel camera (no flash) and Wi-Fi. Not bad, not bad — definitely more capable than other upcoming budget Android phones we’re seeing take shape, though pricing is still a mystery. While we wait for the details to get ironed out, hit the jump and enjoy a quick hands-on video courtesy of ai.rs blog