Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

Summary:Samsung launched the latest devices to build out its Galaxy brand. The plan: Launch the Galaxy Player, Android-based ultra-mobile devices with 4-inch to 5-inch screens.

Samsung on Wednesday launched the latest devices to build out its Galaxy brand. The plan: Launch the Galaxy Player, Android-based ultra-mobile devices with 4-inch to 5-inch screens.

See gallery: Samsung 5-inch Galaxy Player

The big question is whether there's a market for the Galaxy Player. Samsung in a statement calls the Galaxy Player as "ideal to enjoy games, music, videos, social media and e-books." The issue is that tablets and smartphones already do that.

According to Samsung, the selling points boil down to this:

  • The Player weighs 5 ounces to 7 ounces and can be carried easily in your pocket.
  • Wi-Fi and front and rear cameras.
  • Flash support and preloaded Skype.
  • No data plan.
  • Android apps.
  • Native support for multiple video and audio.

One big missing element here is price. Assuming the price tag for the Galaxy Player is reasonable (say $250 to $300) would you be a buyer?

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Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Samsung, Tablets, Wi-Fi

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