Samsung launches Galaxy Player 5.8 in South Korea

27 Aug 2012

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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.

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Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com

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