Samsung Galaxy 5 i5500 Smartphone Launched in India @ Rs. 9,000

Samsung has today announced that its latest GALAXY family mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 Smartphone is now available in India. Powered by Google Android latest 2.1 Eclair platform this Smartphone features 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display with Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate.

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The Samsung Galaxy 5 i5500 smartphone is the sixth Samsung smartphone that features Android OS and it supports the highly connected lifestyles of today’s younger mobile users who value a full range of social networking capabilities at their fingertips.

The Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5 features Samsung’s Social Hub, an integrated phonebook that links contacts from across social networks, allowing users to connect with friends across platforms and communicate seamlessly across networks. Users’ contact lists from sites including Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are accessible on one platform; ensuring that users can remain fully connected at all times. Social Hub also allows fans of social networking to view photos on their mobiles using the integrated media browser, and seamlessly upload, manage and share photos from Twitter, Facebook and Picasa or create a digital photo album while on the go.

The Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5 phone supports a full suite of Google mobile services, including Google Search with Search by voice, Google Maps, Gmail, Calendar, YouTube, Google Talk and Android Market with over 50,000 free applications, so that users can benefit from the wealth of valuable content and enjoy familiar desktop PC experiences on the move via a user interface tailored for mobile devices.

Armed with 600 MHz MSM7227-1 Processor the Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5 smartphone, also known as Samsung I5500 Corby smartphone, is powered by Google Android operating system v2.1 dubbed as Eclair and is Quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and dual-band 3G HSDPA 900/2100 MHz network ready handset.

Measuring 108 x 56 x 12.6 mm the Samsung i5800 Galaxy 3 smartphone weighs only 102 grams and has a large 2.8 inch, 240 x 320 pixels wide 256K colors capable QVGA Capacitive Touchscreen and is equipped with Accelerometer sensor for auto rotate.

The Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5 smartphone is powered by Samsung’s TouchWIZ v3.0  technology which has a Widgets feature that enables users to have a selection of widget style mini applications open on its home screen. It comes with several Widgets built-in.

A whole variety of widgets are available, which users can activate by swiping of a finger, which displays information from the phone, accessing images, music and other content and provide a quick way to access various functions in the handset.

Widgets with drag-and-drop: The simple ‘drag-and-drop’ technology allows selecting multiple widgets from the left panel of the screen which can simply be dropped anywhere on the main screen. A widgets is small portable chunk of code that can be executed without requiring any additional programming etc.

The Samsung Galaxy 5 i5500 also features Swype, the ultra-fast text-input service: simply draw your finger in a continuous motion over the letters on the screen to quickly form a word, Swype then intelligently predicts the word that you’re spelling, providing a fast and easy way to write messages.

For added speed and flexibility, the Galaxy 5 i5500 phone allows users to first write the text before deciding the best way to share it – users will have the freedom to transform the text into a Facebook status update, life stream on Twitter, or a personalized note to a friend via text or e-mail.

Widgets in Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5 phone are made up of widely used applications like calendar, clock and alarms, music player functions, FM radio functions, games etc. The Widget with ‘drag-and-drop’ feature is quick and simple technique which allows the user to set hotkeys for all desired functions on the touch menu.

The Samsung Galaxy 5 smartphone offers 170-MB of internal memory and offers microSD card slot for upto 16-GB expandable memory allowing practically unlimited entries phonebook and call records.

The smartphone offers exhaustive data connectivity options under the sun including GPRS class 10, hi-speed EDGE class 10 with 236.8 kbps speed, ultra-fast 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps connection, wireless WiFi 802.11/b/g connectivity option and comes equipped with Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR + A2DP wireless connectivity support.

Since the Samsung Galaxy 5 smartphone is armed with HTML5 and HSDPA 7.2, users are able to view all types of content more quickly, and download files faster than ever.

Available in only full Black color, the new Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5 smartphone comes equipped with a powerful 2.0  megapixel geo-tagging capable camera with 4X digital zoom, 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution, Autofocus option and Carl Zeiss optics along with a built-in LED flash. It also allows video recording in H.263 and MPEG4.

The Android 2.1 powered Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5 smartphone includes built-in GPS with A-GPS support, Digital compass, integrated media player supporting MP3 / AMR / AAC / AAC+ / e-AAC+ files and video player with support for popular video file formats including MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 files. The powerful battery with this smartphone allows video playing for 6 hours. There is also Stereo FM radio with RDS and 20 presets station memory.

In addition, the Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5 handset is equipped with 3.5 mm audio jack and support for DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine) that provides 3D sound. The handset though lacks support for HDMI and TV out ports.

The Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5 Smartphone also features Google maps, which allows free walk and drive navigation and other locating options. In addition, there are more than 50,000 applications to choose from Android Market and users have access to Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail and Google Maps.

The smartphone also includes popular Android based apps including Google search, Google Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, and Google talk. There is inbuild support for MS document editors including Word, Excel and Powerpoint in addition to PDF.

In addition, Samsung AllShare allows users to control, search, swap and play photos, and music across a full range of DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified Samsung devices, including notebooks and TVs. The technology makes it easy for users to seamlessly share videos, without the hassle of connecting cables. Users can even use the Galaxy 5 as a remote control for your Samsung TV or play video games through a laptop.

The new Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5 smartphone comes equipped with with 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery that offers upto 520 hrs standby time and 9 hrs of talktime on 2G network. The phone allows upto 4.5 hours of video playback and upto 35 hours of continuous music playback.

Price and Availability

The Android 2.1 powered Samsung Galaxy 5 i5500 Smartphone is already available in India on major online retail portals at the price of Rs. 9,000 with one year warranty.

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