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CES: Samsung's 4-inch Galaxy Player to challenge iPod touch

Samsung's 4-inch Galaxy Player is the portable media player version of the Galaxy S smartphone -- and it's targeted squarely at buyers of the iPod touch. Should Apple care?

CES 2011

Samsung Hub reports that Samsung will unveil the 4-inch Galaxy Player (based on Android 2.2) at CES 2011. It will come in 8/16/32GB flavors and specs are:

  • 4-inch Super Clear LCD screen (800 × 480 resolution)
  • 1GHz processor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • GPS
  • 3.2-megapixel rear camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • HD video playback
  • microSD card slot
  • SoundAlive audio enhancing technology
  • Supports Samsung Apps and Android Market
  • 1200mAh removable battery

Our own Rachel King calls it the portable media player version of the Galaxy S smartphone, just like the iPod touch is to the iPhone.

The Galaxy Player is yet another salvo from Samsung which took several strategic shots at Apple in 2010 with its Galaxy tab, Galaxy S and Nexus S devices. The Galaxy Player clearly has the iPod touch in its sights and Apple has the most to lose from its success.

But will it be successful? That depends on a fickle market that's been raised on a steady diet of whole-grain iOS for almost four years. But as someone who happens to love Android, I think that Apple has a lot to worry about with the Galaxy Player.

Worst case, the 'Player's success could force Apple to compete and add features like expansion slots and removable batteries?  Nah, probably not.

What's your take on Samsung's iPod touch-killer? (tongue firmly planted in cheek?)

Pricing hasn’t been announced.