Samsung Galaxy Expands Further with Tab 8.9, Player 4.0, Player 5.0

September 27, 2011
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    Samsung’s expanding Galaxy seems to want to cover all inches. The company just officially announced yesterday the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0, and the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0.

    All three Android devices are already available for preorder through Samsung’s website. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will hit stores all over the U.S. starting on October 2. Two models are available: 16-gigabyte and 32-gigabyte, priced at US$469 and US$569, respectively.

    The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0, on the other hand, will reach store shelves starting on October 16. The 4.0-inch Galaxy Player costs US$229 and the 5.0-inch Player costs US$269.

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is almost just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1′s smaller brother, since both Honeycomb tablets share similar specs. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is very thin with a depth of 8.6 millimeters–just about as thin as Samsung’s blockbuster smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II.

    The Galaxy Tab 8.9 bears the following spec highlights:

    • 8.9-inch WXGA (1280×800) TFT touchscreen display
    • dual-core T250S processor
    • Android 3.1 Honeycomb
    • Samsung TouchWiz UX
    • 3-megapixel primary camera
    • 2-megapixel secondary camera
    • 6100mAh battery
    • weight: 447 grams
    • depth: 8.6 millimeters

    Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0

    Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 and Samsung Galaxy 4.0 practically have the same specs. The two portable media players only differ in screen size, physical dimensions, weight, and battery capacity.

    Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0
    Network Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    OS Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
    Display 5.0-inch WVGA (800×480) TFT LCD 4.0-inch WVGA (800×480) TFT LCD
    Camera 3.2-megapixel primary camera with autofocus and LED Flash; VGA-resolution secondary camera
    Video Supported formats : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid; Playback and recording resolution: 720p HD
    Audio Supported formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, FLAC, WAV; 3.5-mm ear jack, FM radio, stereo speaker
    Value-added features Android Market, Google Mobile Services (Google Talk, Google Maps, Books, etc.), Allshare, Task Manager
    Connectivity Bluetooth 3.0, Mini USB
    Memory 8 GB internal storage; microSD slot (up to 32GB)
    Size 77.98 mm x 141.22 mm x 11.68 mm (3.07 in x 5.56 in x 0.46 in) 64.26 mm x 123.70 mm x 9.91 mm (2.53 in x 4.87 in x 0.39 in)
    Weight 182 g (6.42 oz) 121.05 g (4.27 ounces)
    Battery 2,500 mAh 1,200 mAh

    The variety of Android devices coming up for the holidays is really a cesspool of options, especially for those who prefer to preserve their freedom to choose. What Android gadget will you spend your holiday money on?

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