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Samsung releases second Android mobile phone

Samsung i5700 Galaxy Spica available now in the UK

Samsung i5700 Galaxy Spica

Samsung has launched the i5700 Galaxy Spica, the company’s second Android powered mobile phone.

Samsung launched the Galaxy i7500 earlier this year, which was the first mobile phone to run on the Android operating system that wasn’t manufactured by HTC. Since then, we have seen Android-powered mobile phone announcements from T-Mobile, Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola.

Samsung Galaxy Spica

The Samsung Galaxy Spica, known as the Galaxy Lite, is slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor. It features the same 320 x 480 pixel, 3.2-inch touchscreen, but the new model’s memory has been trimmed down from 8GB to 180MB. The Spica can be expanded with microSD memory cards.

What sets the Samsung Galaxy Spica apart from other Android-based mobile phones is its support of DivX files. DivX is one of the more common formats of downloaded video files.

Powerful Android mobile phone

The Spica has an 800MHz processor, making it the most powerful Android mobile phone, says Samsung. It supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity, but like the original Galaxy, it lacks an FM radio.

The resolution of the camera on the Spica has been cropped to 3.2Mp; there is a 5Mp camera on the Galaxy i7500. Samsung claims that the battery of the Spica will provide more an impressive 11.5 hours of talktime, which is a claimed two hour improvement on the i7500.

Mobile phone reviews

If you’d like to read more about the Android Market, the application store where Android mobile phone owners can download the latest apps, check out our Android Market overview.

For more information, including reviews of almost 200 handsets, check out our mobile phone report.

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