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Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi gives Android an iPod Touch rival [Video hands-on]

February 16, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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Samsung has the Galaxy S line of phones and its Galaxy Tab 10.1 for people who want a Honeycomb tablet. But some people may want to meet in the middle and have a smaller device capable of playing games, reading ebooks, browsing the web, and consuming multimedia. Before buying an iPod Touch, those people should gander at the Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi.

Sporting a black, white, and chrome facade, the Galaxy S Wi-Fi is a work-in-progress device that Samsung is showing at MWC 2011. The Galaxy S Wi-Fi, which I will now abbreviate as GSW, has most of the things that make the Galaxy S phones great, but it’s a personal media player only. It has a Hummingbird processor, 5-inch screen (currently LCD but could be upgraded), a 720p-capable camera, a front-facing camera for video chat, and TouchWiz running on Android 2.2.

This is neither phone nor full-fledged tablet. It’s designed to be the ideal personal media player for people looking for another option to balance portability and size. There is no 3G chip present, but Samsung has included Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to allow for Skype calls, VoIP calls, and Qik video chat.

The Samsung exhibitors I spoke with say that specs are likely to change because this device is still in development and they are seeking feedback. Take a quick look at this hands-on video and see if you’ve got anything to tell them.