Samsung Corby smartphone bringing Android to the masses

Samsung has just unveiled the new Samsung Corby Smartphone (i5500), running Android 2.1.  The Corby Smartphone features Android 2.1, a 2.8-inch QVGA display, 600MHz CPU, a 2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, AGPS, 1200 mAh battery and a microSD card slot.  It's obvious that Samsung isn't targeting power users with the Corby i5500 and we don't blame them.

Most consumers still don't know what Android is and they could probably care less about having a 1 GHz processor crammed inside their cell phone.  Apparently, Samsung has noticed that their ever-popular Corby line of handsets is the perfect market segment to convert over to Android.  Give the masses a glimpse of what Android can do and they should easily be able to up-sell them to their more powerful Android phones once they are done playing around with their kiddy toy.

For now, Samsung Corby Smartphone will be available in Italy later this month in "Black Ebony" for €199 ($240) without a new contract on Wind and TIM. The $240 for the Corby i5500 isn't exaclt what we would call "cheap" but it does undercut the similarly featured HTC Wildfire which is currently selling between $260 and $280.

Samsung Corby Smartphone (i5500) specifications

  • 3G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps): 900 / 2100 MHz2G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz 3G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps): 900 / 2100 MHz2G (GSM / GPRS / EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Android 2.1 Android 2.1
  • Display  2.8" QVGA TFT LCD  Touch Screen (240—320) 2.8 "QVGA TFT LCD touchscreen (240 — 320)
  • 2 Megapixel (Self Shot, Action Shot, Smile Shot, Panorama Shot) 2-megapixel (Self Shot, Action Shot, Smile Shot, Panorama Shot)
  • Video  Codec: Mpeg4, H.264Format: 3gp (mp4) Codec: MPEG4, H.264Format: 3gp (mp4)
  • Audio  MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB, WAV, MID, AC3 , XMF,      i-Melody MP3, AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB, WAV, MID, AC3, XMF, i-Melody
  • A-GPS, Google Maps A-GPS Navigation Maps
  • 600 MHz Processor
  • Sensors: Accelerometer
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR   Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g
  • Internal: 100MB expandable with microSD (up to 16GB) 1GB microSD included in the package
  • Dimensions  56 x 108 x 12.3 (mm), 102 (g) 56 x 108 x 12.3 (mm) 102 (g)
  • Battery  1200 mAh
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