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Samsung ups MP3 ante with dual-core Galaxy Player 70 Plus

updated 08:30 am EST, Mon March 5, 2012

Samsung one of first with dual-core media player

Samsung claimed an uncommon frontrunner position for itself in MP3 players on Monday by unveiling the Galaxy Player 70 Plus. An upgrade to the original 70 (known also as the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 5.0 and Galaxy Player 5), the five-inch device is one of the few to carry a dual-core processor. Although 1GHz, it should let the device handle 1080p video and otherwise outperform the iPod touch it's meant to challenge.

A round of extra improvements make it more functional. The rear camera has been upgraded to five megapixels. It likewise claims a larger 2,500mAh battery and, in Korea, a DMB over-the-air TV tuner. Android 2.3 still ships with Samsung's TouchWiz interface layer on top.

Versions of the 70 Plus are expected to ship to South Korea in 16GB and 32GB capacities for the equivalents of $357 and $419. Samsung hasn't said if or when the new device would reach other countries, although the lineup has usually exported to the US and other areas. A US launch would likely have to drop the conspicuously iPod-like center button.

Samsung is one of the few top-tier companies to continue making MP3 players and aggressively targeting the high end. Microsoft had tried that route with the Zune and eventually dropped its plans five years later. SanDisk had likewise targeted the high end, but it lost momentum after a few years and eventually switched to the safer lower end.





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  1. kerryb

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    mp3's

    Didn't think these devices where so hot these days. I think the little ones that Apple makes for exercise were the only kind people bought and maybe the iPod touch for teens that don't have phones yet?

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    @kerryb

    Look at the pictures: this is meant to compete with the iPod touch - it's an Android phone without the phone. Says so in the article, too. Never a good idea to just rely on electronista's headlines: "MP3" is a bit misleading here.

    Apart from that: what's the point of this thingy playing 1080p video? It's not like it's gonna be awesome on that screen, or in any way distinguishable from 720p. And don't tell me "you can hook this up to your TV". Seriously, who does that.

  1. iDaver

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    It's a pocketable tablet

    This device is a small pocketable tablet, much like an iPad, Nook Tablet or whatever. Calling it an MP3 Player doesn't do justice to its capabilities, which are equal to most other internet devices or tablets.

    Too bad Samsung isn't upping the resolution of the screen while they're upgrading the processor.

  1. tfmeehan

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    Interesting...

    Didn't the original pretty much land with a thud? You'd really have to hate Apple to want to spend your money on this thing. 5" screen just makes it too bulky in your pocket. Ho hum.

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