With CES 2011 in Las Vegas just around the corner, both the rumor mill and hype machine appear to now be in full swing! One of the companies looking to make waves in early January is undoubtedly Samsung and with a series of reports related to new mobile devices creeping up, it certainly looks like the company plans to hit the ground running.
Starting off on the PMP front, we heard rumors during the summer that the next Samsung Yepp, allegedly called the YP-MB2, would basically be a Galaxy S smartphone without the phone, taking a leaf from Apple's iPod touch. However this device never officially materialized, with only the less exciting Galaxy Player 50 being launched. But with CES in sight, news of a high-end PMP called the Galaxy Player (YP-GB1) has returned with an official confirmation from Samsung that the device will be on show in Vegas.
Following a similar tune to those previous Yepp rumors, the Galaxy Player definitely appears to be a phone-less Galaxy S, or in other words an Android alternative to the iPod touch. The impressive specs mostly match the Galaxy Player's phone counterpart starting with the same 1GHz Hummingbird Cortex-A8 processor and Android 2.2 Froyo. The rest of the features include a 4-inch WVGA S-LCD capacitive touch screen (in place of the AMOLED original), a rear facing 3.2MP camera and front-facing VGA webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, support for microSD, HD video playback, and a 1200mAh removeable battery. The Player also adds in a T-DMB digital TV tuner, SoundAlive audio enhancement technology, and interestingly features support for Android Market, even though the device doesn't fit into Android's phone criteria. No word on pricing and availability, but the fact that this long rumored device is officially on the way is very exciting.
Moving on into the realm of unconfirmed rumors for the other two members of the Galaxy trio, sources indicate that with Android Honeycomb on the horizon and increasing competition in the Android tablet war, Samsung may also reveal updated versions of the Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab slate. It is known that the company recently placed a large order for nVidia Tegra 2 chipsets, and with the powerful hardware seemingly the platform of choice for devices running Honeycomb, the evidence for new Tegra 2-powered Samsung Android devices is certainly compelling. Alternatively, a new report from South Korea's Chosunilbo states that the Galaxy S sequel will launch later, at the Mobile World Congress in February, running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and featuring a dual-core processor, a gyroscope, and Near field communication (NFC) technology like the Nexus S.
I personally feel the Tegra 2 smartphone option, a Galaxy S2 perhaps, is more likely to materialize with dual-core phones, such as the competing LG Optimus 2X, set to become the new benchmark in 2011, and the Galaxy Tab still being relatively new. But whatever the truth, all is sure to be revealed in Vegas in just over a week's time.