Samsung just has to fill every niche, as evidenced by its proliferation of Galaxy smartphones, tablets and media players of different screen sizes. Here’s Galaxy Player 5.8 that becomes the latest in Samsung’s line of PMP / mini-tablet hybrids. What makes it unique is the fact that there hasn’t been a 5.8″ tablet before so presumably demand for such a screen size isn’t exactly that great.
If you do find the screen just right for you, there’s also one caveat – the qHD resolution. At 960 by 540, the pixel-per-inch (PPI) doesn’t even come close to that of the latest crop of iPod touch which has 326 PPI on a 3.5″ display. And oddly, while the Galaxy Player comes with a VGA front camera, there isn’t one on the back for occasional photographing. All these will likely help lowering the price tag in order to make the Galaxy Player more appealing for the the penny-conscious consumers. Though, the pricing isn’t made official yet.
Other features are pretty standard fare – a duo-core CPU, 1GB RAM, front-facing stereo speakers, 2,500mAh battery, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and up to 32GB storage that can be increased with a micro-SD card. You will also find Android 4.0 unlike its smaller siblings which run Gingerbread (2.3.6). Samsung’s own UI – TouchWiz Nature UX – will make debut on a Galaxy Player as well. Samsung intends to market the Galaxy Player 5.8 as a “learning hub” so we reckon this mini-tablet might be just something that will replace electronic dictionaries and translators which have proven to be insanely popular in Asia.