Dec. 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM ET
What does the world need? A phone-less Android handheld. Fortunately, Samsung is apparently bringing a Galaxy media player to market this year, after unveiling it at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, according to the fan blog Samsung Hub.
Shown here, the Galaxy Player is nice and thin (9.9mm), runs Android 2.2, has front- and rear-facing cameras, and is powered by a 1GHz processor. The only thing sad about the spec rundown is that it apparently won't have the glorious Super AMOLED display that makes the Galaxy phones — as well as the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7 phones — a sheer joy to gaze at. Oh well, that hopefully means it's going to be cheap, or at least competitively priced. The key is that it will support the Android Market, with over 100,000 apps.
I'm not kidding about it being what the world needs — the iPod Touch has long been untouchable (ouch) as the only app-happy portable media player around, a friend to every kid whose parents won't buy him or her an iPhone — or a Droid — because of the costly data plan. Kids who have supplemented their QWERTY-equipped dumbphones (good for texting and calling and little else) with iPod Touches (iPods Touch?) will now have something else to choose from, and that's a good thing.
Stay tuned for our comprehensive coverage of CES 2011, starting next week.