Samsung Unveils 4 New Galaxy Android Smartphones

Samsung today announced four new smartphones from its Galaxy line as the electronics giant looks to capitalize on consumers' infatuation with Android-powered devices in markets far and wide.

Company officials said the quartet will be heavily featured during next month's Mobile World Congress conclave in Barcelona. Each model was designed with a specific consumer and lifestyle in mind, accentuating specific social media and productivity elements for each in an effort to differentiate them from the throng of new offerings hitting the market this year.

"Each device delivers something different, with the idea that each user is an individual and wants their mobile experience to be easy and fun," JK Shin, president of Samsung's mobile communications unit, said in a statement. "With these four Samsung Galaxy smartphones we help them share the joy they have in their lives and bring their experiences to their friends and family."

Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone received a warm reception from consumers, selling more than 1 million units within six weeks of its debut in July and more than 10 million units in its first seven months on the market.

In an effort to build on that momentum, Samsung last week unveiled the Galaxy S 4G, a smartphone developed with partner T-Mobile that purports to be the fastest smartphone on the market capable of peak download speeds of 21 Mbps over the wireless carrier's HSPA+ network.

All four new models will be powered by the Android 2.2 mobile operating system and come loaded with Wi-Fi connectivity and a Social Hub feature that lets users view their contacts, instant messages and email from one integrated page.

Here are the particulars:

-- The Galaxy Ace, targeting "trendy and sociable young professionals," has a 3.5-inch HVGA display, an 800 MHz processor, Google voice search and a ThinkFree document viewer. The Ace is now available in Russia and will be hitting store shelves in Europe, India and China in the next few months.

-- The Galaxy Fit, described as the smartphone of choice for a users who "want a device that meets all the challenges of a professional career and a busy social life," sports a 3.31-inch QVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera and a 600 MHz processor. Samsung's marketing department claims the Fit will "help you lead a double life with a professional design that doesn't compromise on enhanced capabilities."

It will initially be available in Russia sometime in February before being gradually introduced in Europe, India and South America.

-- The Galaxy Gio, customized for "stylish young professionals who want to stay connected," features a 3.2-inch HVGA screen and enhanced social networking capabilities that "marry brains and beauty for users who want a smartphone that offers the best of both worlds."

The Gio will first debut in Russia (exact date unconfirmed) and later Europe, India and China.

-- The Galaxy Mini, for "trendy and sociable youngsters," serves up a 3.14-inch QVGA display, a 600 MHz processor, Google voice search, Quick Office document viewer and a "flashy color stripe" along the side.

It's up for grabs now in Russia and will be rolled out in Europe, India and China later this year.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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