Samsung launches Galaxy Player 5.8 in South Korea

27 Aug 2012

The Galaxy Player 5.8, Samsung’s new media player, has launched in the company’s home country of South Korea, while Europeans will likely get a good look at the device at Samsung’s event during IFA 2012, which kicks off on Friday.

Call it an oversized smartphone (without the phone functionality) or a mini tablet, the Galaxy Player 5.8 is named for its 5.8-inch screen and its media player potential.

Nestling itself between the iPod and the Google Nexus 7, the Galaxy Player 5.8 comes with front stereo speakers and a front-facing video camera. While it can’t offer Retina display, or the impressive gaming capabilities of the Nexus 7, it does come with Samsung’s Learning Hub pre-installed and seems to be targeted at students as a study aid.

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.8

Through the learning portal, users will be able to watch video lectures and read e-book versions of textbooks, while taking advantage of the Player’s multimedia tools for taking notes.

Running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the device also comes with a 2,500mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and 16GB or 32GB memory expandable through a micro SD card slot. Cost and international release details are not yet known.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.