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Samsung Galaxy Music Phone Slated for October

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

Samsung will reveal a music-focused Android-based phone next month.

Several days ago, Samsung released a list of devices that will be upgraded to Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean". This list included a device called the Samsung Galaxy Music, and it was presumed to be some sort of media player. But now leaked images have surfaced showing it to be an actual phone focused on serving as a pocket-sized boom box, targeting music enthusiasts.

Telekom Presse reports that the device will sport a front-facing loudspeaker on each end, and a 3-inch, 320 x 240 TN LCD screen in the middle. Powering this music box will be an 850 MHz ARM Cortex A9-based SoC and 512 MB of RAM. It will also come with 8 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for up to 32 GB of added space for music and whatnot.

On the music front, this device will have a dedicated music button to open the music player app, and an FM radio with RDS and built-in antennas. Other features will include Samsung's SoundAlive technology, SRS, integrated Samsung Music Hub features, a 3MP camera, 802.11 b/g/n and WiFi Direct connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and more.

The details arrive prior to the Galaxy Music's official debut in Frankfurt, Germany on October 11. Samsung is expected to showcase two versions: the Samsung Galaxy Music and Samsung Galaxy Music DUOS (dual-SIM). Both phones will have Android 4.0 out-of-the-box, and will be upgraded to Jelly Bean at a later date.

So far pricing and actual availability here in North America is unknown, so stay tuned.


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    masterasia , September 28, 2012 6:31 PM
    Weaksauce! People with phones like this are annoying, just like people who carried boom boxes in the 80's and 90's were annoying.
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    spentshells , September 28, 2012 6:46 PM
    Not everyone would walk down the street with it.
    Would be nice at the beach or floating down the river in a tube or out in the boat or laying on the beach or a few drinks in the backyard or in the cabin bmxing or at the skatepark
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    freggo , September 28, 2012 6:57 PM
    Smart phones are hard enough on the battery. Now adding the music box option is really going to drain the juice out of it.
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2012 7:42 PM
    Weak specs. My nearly two year old phone has better specs than this (minus the big speakers)
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    jimmyjohnz , September 28, 2012 7:55 PM
    I have a feeling that this will be more to compete at the price range of other higher end music players, so $200-$300 instead of the usual $600-$700 for new sammy phones.
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    bustapr , September 28, 2012 8:33 PM
    meh, people are annoying enough with the speakers on the phones we have now. I wish Samsung would update the galaxy player to see some competition in the media player area.
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    spentshells , September 28, 2012 8:57 PM
    mulletsquirrelWeak specs. My nearly two year old phone has better specs than this (minus the big speakers)

    the point is low power draw so there is lots of juice for speakers
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    halcyon , September 29, 2012 1:38 AM
    There's no way they can put any speakers that sound like anything in there. ...Junk. Samsung has chops and they can do great things...but this is junk.

    I have to hook up a HeadRoom TotalBithead to my SGS3 to get headphone sound that's as good as I expect from my cans. This gadget is just a toy for kids.
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    pliskin1 , September 29, 2012 8:41 AM
    Holy crap an FM tuner in the phone...seriously, why don't more phones have this. Hopefully that's not the actual screen resolution, because that is terrible. My flip phone from 2006 has that same resolution.
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    house70 , September 29, 2012 1:58 PM
    Pretty useless, IMO. Don't have better things to do, Samsung?
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    house70 , September 29, 2012 2:01 PM
    pliskin1Holy crap an FM tuner in the phone...seriously, why don't more phones have this.

    Pretty much all Samsung phones, some HTC and Sony phones have this. I have to research on Motorola's, but some of their handsets have it, too.
    It's great to have, I agree. Not everyone wants to use up their monthly data allowance on some internet radio app.
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    goodegg , September 30, 2012 6:38 AM
    Samsung already tried this in 2008 with the MP3 player YP-S5. Go ahead and look it up. I almost bought one. It had a slide up/out speaker that was supposed to sound good. They didn't. Oh, and you could watch videos on it's screen. 176x220 resolution, 15fps videos.

    "This is a really cool idea and I really want one", said no one. Get a JamBox if you want good sound from your cell phone.