The folks at Samsung are continuing their device assault on the year 2012 with the Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6, the newest in an ever-expanding line of Media Players witha 3.6-inch display. This unit has a 3.65-inch TFT display at HVGA (480 x 320 pixel) resolution, reasonable enough for the controlling of media on the device, but certainly not sharp enough to compete for the most fantastic device of this size. This device on the other hand improves greatly on the Galaxy Players that have been released already (several months ago) by being as ideally sized and shaped for the palm as possible with an added dash of thinness for good measure.
This device runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a single-core Cortex A8 1GHz processor, working with Bluetooth 3.0 and Wifi 801.11 b/g/n for connectivity with your other Samsung devices (and Bluetooth devices galore). You’ll be working with SoundAlive SoundEngine for audio and Samsung Smart View and AllShare for moving and streaming media. This device is meant to assist you in consuming media of all kinds, acting as both a player in and of itself and controlling the Samsung devices you’ve got around the house – namely your Smart TV and point-and-shoot cameras – how sweet!
We’ll get into more of all this for the review which will be coming up this week here on SlashGear, but for now know this: this is not your everyday average teeny-tiny amount of storage device. Inside you’ve got 8GB to start with, then a microSD card slot into which you can insert a 32GB microSD card to expand your memory to the max. Files you can work with include DivX, WMV, MPEG4, H.264, MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg, and FLAC – all of that right out of the box.
This device looks and feels very similar to a Galaxy S device, it having the same user interface we’ve seen on recent Samsung smartphones and having three Android menu buttons below its display, this indicating that it may, if you’re lucky, be ready for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the future. Have a peek at our hands-on photos above and below as well as the unboxing video we’ve got here, and feel free to ask any and all questions before our full review comes up this week!