When the Android OS was announced back in November 2007, we eagerly anticipated a stream of hot handsets from manufacturers like HTC, LG, Samsung and Motorola who had signed up to the Open Handset Alliance.
Despite positive reviews about the software and some interesting apps hitting the market, the total number of Android-powered handsets currently available stands at just one, the T-Mobile G1 handset, with the HTC Magic G2 follow up expected to be released next month.
There’s been endless rumours of other Android handsets in the works, but all have failed to materialise thus far, although rumours are now circulating that Samsung’s I7500 is due for a June release.
The full touchscreen handset certainly has a spec sheet that gets our little hearts going pitter-patter, easily besting the G1 and G2 for features.
Running the latest Android 1.5 OS, the quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dual-band UMTS/HSPA phone is powered by a beefy 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A CPU with a * 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive OLED touchscreen display 480 x 320 pixels).
At the back of the phone there’s a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, with the 11.9 mm metal case, packing a MicroSD slot and 3.5 mm stereo jack (thankfully dispensing with the idiotic USB slot on the G1) There’s also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 8GB internal flash memory onboard.
Like all good web rumours, this one is accompanied by the usual blurry shot which looks like it was taken on a extra-smudgy throwaway camera, but the image suggests that the I7500 might be a bit of a chunky beast. Such is the nature of these ‘leaked’ images that the final product may end up bearing no relation to this photo at all, but at least if gives us something to illustrate the article.
O2 Germany is expected to be releasing the I7500 in June for about €300 ($397 US).
Edit: the Samsung I7500 has now been made official and will be available in major European countries from June, 2009.
Here’s the confirmed spec list:
HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps (900 / 1700/ 2100MHz)
EDGE / GPRS (850/ 900/1800/1900)
3.2″ HVGA(320×480) AMOLED
5 MP Camera (Auto Focus), Power LED
Video / Audio
Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, RA
Full Web Browser Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Android Market
Bluetooth® 2.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, MicroUSB, 3.5mm ear jack
Internal memory: 8GB
External memory: Micro SD (Up to 32GB)
115 x 56 x 11.9mm