Samsung has prepared a new member for its Galaxy line of Android-powered smartphones. And while this is no Galaxy S, it still is a solid contender.
Meet the Samsung Galaxy 551, otherwise known by its model number i5510. This is a midrange Android device with a side-sliding full QWERTY keyboard and not without its shortcomings. Which we’ll get to in a minute.
First, its key features:
- Android 2.2 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3 UI layer on top
- 667 MHz processor
- 3.2-inch 240×400 capacitive touchscreen
- 3 megapixel camera
- HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g (with DLNA), Bluetooth, GPS
- FM radio, 3.5 mm jack
- DivX playback support
- 160 MB internal memory
- microSD card slot
- 1200 mAh battery
Not a bad spec list by any stretch of the imagination, but nothing particularly groundbreaking either. Also, two weak spots immediately shine through.
160 MB for storing apps is ridiculous at this point. Given that you probably won’t see all of those available for app installs anyway. Yes, Android 2.2 Froyo does allow you to move apps to the SD card, but each app has to have this feature enabled (most still don’t), and having apps on the SD card means that you can’t use those apps while the phone is connected via USB.
And a 1200 mAh battery is certainly a step back from the 1500 mAh in the Galaxy S and the Galaxy 3 and the likes. With Android battery life being worse than that of other OSes on similar battery capacities, this can’t be good.
And both of these points make me feel that this phone is intended more for ‘casual’ users, as in not power users. Which would be fine (though why power users don’t get more side-sliding QWERTY-packing Android choices is beyond me), but then the price almost ruins everything.
The Samsung Galaxy 551 i5510 will retail for €389. Which is almost in the same league with the Nokia N8, for example, a flagship device. Granted, there are more expensive Android phones out there, but for its specs, it remains to be seen whether the Galaxy 551 actually deserves such a price.
The price certainly is to the top of the midrange. Sales numbers will tell, of course, if this handset will become successful or not. For that though we have to wait for it to be released, an event that will happen sometime next month (in Europe).
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