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

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.

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

    Yes its just like the ipod but running android... People may go for it actually! BUT then figure out that Android powered devices have nothing on iOS
    ITman370
    • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

      @ITman370
      No one is going for iPods anymore either unless they are too young to have a smartphone. Not sure what iOS can do that the Android can't, but sure you are right, it has nothing on the iOS, lol!!!!!!!
      OhTheHumanity
      • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

        @OhTheHumanity

        This is the point where I remind you about the <ib>Pod</b> Touch. Which is selling just as well as the iPhone btw.
        dave95.
      • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

        @dave95
        Are you sure about that one? I don't see too many people clammering for an iPod touch anymore. Especially those that already have an iPhone or don't have one and are looking at an iPhone and not an iPod Touch. Look up the numbers the mp3 market is not a hot growth market anymore, its matured now to smartphones. Sure the kids still want an iPod, but they are ditching them for smartphones as they get older and Android is leading the way now.
        OhTheHumanity
      • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

        @OhTheHumanity <br>"No one is going for iPods anymore . . ."<br><br>Someone did not read ZDnet yesterday and the article about Apple selling in excess of 19 million iPods last quarter. Apple has about 70% of the market, which suggests that the overall market, at the moment, is about 25 million per quarter. Yes, it is declining (about 7%) but the sales of 19 million iPods by Apple would hardly suggest that the market is going to disappear very fast.

        Nonetheless, I do agree that, in time, the mp3 market will disappear because of the multi-function ability of smart phone. However, to suggest that mp3 players in their death throws is rather short of the mark.
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • iPod touch is cheap

        @OhTheHumanity

        The good thing about the iPod touch is that it is less than half the price of the iphone. This makes it very attractive to people who want to run apps, use the internet etc. For gaming, its a good alternative to the Nintendo DS which costs the same.

        I've never understood why the iPhone is so much more expensive considering it adds only the 3G antenna.
        The Star King
      • iPod Touch is expensive

        [i]I've never understood why the iPhone is so much more expensive considering it adds only the 3G antenna.[/i]

        @The Star King

        iPhone has double the amount of RAM, starts at 16 GB (vs iPod 8 GB), has a 5 megapixel camera (iPod sucks for still pictures with its less than 1 megapixel), LED flash, and GPS
        dragosani
      • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

        @The Star King
        Not true anymore an apple 3Gs phone is $49.99 new while the ipod touch 32GB is $299.99. The phones are actually much cheaper then the ipod touch now.
        Fletchguy
      • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

        ipods may be selling well (though 19 million with that profit margin is not so hot) but is itouch selling well? Probably not. I can't remember seeing one in public in a looooong time.
        rengek
      • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

        @fletchguy: Can't reply directly so I reply here. Isn't the iPhone for $49 with a 2-year contract? And that makes is more expensive than the touch, right?
        levinson
      • Math

        @Fletchguy
        Fletchguy failed math.
        daengbo
    • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

      @ITman370
      Nothing except freedom and ability to customize it to your wants and needs unlike ios... They have to sell these at $200 or under as something like an evo does more and costs less without contracts either.
      Fletchguy
    • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

      I agree. in fact, Samsung implements a new format used by Dell in their line of tablets. I like this kind of device, powerfull but small and cheaper than the original tablet!
      cvozzi@...
  • 10 years too late

    I think this product is just 10 years too late. The market is already saturated and moving into the smartphone and tablet region.
    wackoae
    • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

      @wackoae
      Maybe five or six years too late.
      Five years ago I would have jumped on this baby, now it adds nothing new.
      camcost@...
    • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

      @wackoae Last year my son who is at university needed something smaller then a laptop/netbook he could carry around easily and access the uni's free server for class details, web search etc. We didn't want any contract so another phone was ruled out. After looking for quite some time at things like the Achros 5 etc we found the best device was the iPod touch despite the usual apple downsides, no flash (minor) having to use the bloated PC version of iTunes, and the restriction on what can be installed (apple approved apps only).<br>If these Samsung devices had been available then.....<br><br>So no its not too late,, I suspect that apples iPod sales are more and more shifting to sales of the Touch away from the straight iPod as most smartphones now have music capability.
      toviz@...
  • maybe

    I might be the target market. I'm sick of paying for my data plan every month (I don't use very much, usually on wifi). I could get one of these and then switch to a much cheaper cell phone.
    mttsmth
    • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

      @mttsmth Exactly my thinking. I have been contemplating a smartphone but am not interested in the exhorbitant cost of a dataplan just so that I can use my own WiFi around the house so have stuck with an ordinary cellphone. This device may be just what I need.
      RichardFH
    • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

      @mttsmth
      Or buy an HTC evo off contract for about $145 on ebay then do a little mod and get Boost unlimited everything with shrinkage which starts at flat $50 a month no limits on anything and every 6 payments made on time you get $5 off your bill. I pay $40 a month right now unlimited everything on an evo on boost cdma (sprint) and 4g pay as I want.
      Fletchguy
      • RE: Samsung launches Galaxy Player devices: Is there a market here?

        @Fletchguy I can't find an evo on ebay for that price that isn't broken so I think that you are a little high on price but you are right about the phone idea. In Philly Cricket sells the Huawei Ascend for $109 with no contract and $55 a month unlimited everything. I wish I didn't have my contract with t-mobile. I would prefer to go with a $20 phone plan somewhere and a tablet with 4G data.
        redhaven