Is the S8000 Samsung’s first Android phone?

April 15, 2009
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    image_83bThere is growing news about the possibility of Samsung’s S8000 “Cubic” potentially sporting Android as the operating system of choice. We already know that the Korean outfit will produce three Android devices this year, but blurry pictures aside, we haven’t really received much information apart from that. Well things may have changed, as we now have some potential gossip on Samsung’s first Android based device.

    The mobile version of the Czech Republic website iDNES has reported some juicy bits of information about the Android hopeful, including the 5MP camera with dual LED flash that we (kinda) already knew about. Apparently, it will come with an AMOLED 3.1-inch touchscreen display that boasts 16million colour WVGA resolution. As far as we are concerned, this is completely feasible, since we know how much Samsung are pushing their AMOLED technology.

    Aside from this, the phone is reported to be only 12mm thick (or ‘thin’ if you’re an optimist), something that fits with Samsung’s trends. Other specifications include Wi-Fi for when 3G connectivity is out of reach, assisted-GPS, Bluetooth 1.2 and obviously USB connectivity. Combine this with the expandable memory via a microSD slot and real 3.5mm audio jack and we really like the sound of this supercomputer smartphone. The cherry for us comes in the form of DivX and XviD support for the video player. It is highly plausible that this could be the first Android based device to really hit that sweet spot in terms of specifications and form factor.

    In case you are wondering, the nick-name “Cubic” comes from the fact that the D-pad navigation is in the shape of a cube from an isometric perspective, possibility hinting at a 3D cube-like interface for the home screen and associated display windows. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen such an idea, with HTC adding similar functionality to their China mobile devices as well.

    Trust us, we’ll keep you updated about this one.

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