The morning Samsung realized there was a screen size it hadn’t already used on a Galaxy product must have been a stressful one, but not to worry, as the new Galaxy Player 5.8 is here to ensure that glaring oversight has been rectified.
Announced by way of a press release on its Korean-language Samsung Tomorrow blog, here we have the Galaxy Player 5.8, the company’s latest Android-based, touchscreen music player.
As you’ve probably guessed, it has a massive 5.8-inch screen, boasting a 960 x 540 pixel resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The design of the Galaxy Player 5.8 is highly reminiscent of the Galaxy S3, but the keen-eyed will spot the addition of stereo speakers at the top and bottom of the front panel.
Increasing the screen size by an inch over the Galaxy S3 means the overall size of the device has increased too. The Player 5.8 measures 165 x 85 x 10.8mm, making it considerably larger than the S3, at 136 x 70 x 8.6mm.
Like the S3, the Galaxy Player 5.8 uses Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system, which has been covered by Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface; plus it’s available with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory. A microSD card slot is on hand to boost this by another 32GB too.
Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2500mAh battery — slightly larger than the S3’s 2100mAh cell — and a forward facing camera for video calls. Samsung hasn’t provided any details on the inner-workings of the Galaxy Player 5.8, so we can’t confirm the presence of the Exynos 4 Quad processor or the exact amount of RAM.
The price and the device’s release date are similarly unknown, but it’s possible the Galaxy Player 5.8 will make an appearance at one of Samsung’s two IFA 2012 press conferences at the end of this week.
For those keeping count, the Galaxy Player 5.8 joins, in descending order, the Galaxy Player 5.0, the Galaxy Player 4.2, the Galaxy Player 4.0 and the Galaxy Player 3.6 in Samsung’s ever-expanding media player range.