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Samsung announces Galaxy S Wi-Fi 3.6, its answer to the iPod Touch

Half phone, half something else, Samsung's Galaxy S Wi-Fi 3.6 continues Apple's effort to create a data-driven phone.
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Written by Ricardo Bilton, Contributor on

Samsung's Galaxy S Wi-Fi 3.6 is an interesting little device. Lacking a SIM card, the "phone" relies completely on Wi-Fi connections to make calls and connect to the internet. If that sounds familiar it's because that's the same format followed by the iPod Touch, which Apple initially released in 2007.

Samsung's device features a 3.6-inch screen (hence the name), 1GHz processor, and both front-facing and rear-facing cameras.

But can Samsung follow-up on the iPhone Touch's success? It's certainly possible, especially as Wi-Fi networks become more and more prevalent. It's pretty likely we will see more devices like the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 3.6 in the future, and all of them will alter the idea of what we consider to be a "phone." Is it simply the SIM card and ability to connect to a cellular network? The Galaxy S Wi-Fi 3.6 features neither of those things and yet we can pretty confidently call it a phone -- even if using it as one is limited to VoIP programs like Google Talk.

Samsung will sell the 8GB version of the device for £149 ($240) and the 16GB model for £169 ($273). Expect it in the UK this October.

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