Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung has quickly emerged as the leading Android player with the Galaxy S series of smartphones. It enabled the company to mount challenge to Apple’s iPad with the Galaxy Tab tablet and Samsung is now poised to do the same with a new device classed as a personal media player.

According to SamsungHub.com, Samsung will debut the device called the Galaxy Player (model number YP-GB1) at the CES show in Las Vegas next month. It’ll be the first in a series of Galaxy-branded personal media players that will flood the market.

Like the iPod touch, Samsung’s new gizmo will come in three flavors – 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. It’ll run Android 2.2 Froyo and, presumably, the latest apps and games from Android Market. A forward-facing VGA camera is also in the works, the site wrote without mentioning any source for its claims.

It appears the device takes engineering clues from the Galaxy S smartphone. In other words, the Galaxy Player is basically the same hardware "sans the cellular connectivity." Unlike the iPod touch which is 2.1 millimeter slimmer than the iPhone 4, the Galaxy Player will reportedly measure 9.9 millimeter in depth, the same as its Galaxy S phone counterpart.

If the site’s "Galaxy S phone minus the phone part" claim holds true, the Galaxy Player should have the following specifications:

  • 1GHz processor
  • four-inch Super Clear LCD display running at 800×480 pixel resolution
  • T-DMB
  • SoundAlive audio enhancing technology
  • WiFi 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • GPS
  • 3.2-megapixel camera on the back that shoots stills and records video
  • front-facing VGA camera for videconferencing
  • HD video playback
  • microSD card slot
  • 1200mAh removable battery.

No pricing information is known at this stage, but we’re pretty sure the Galaxy Player won’t be subsidized by carriers. In fact, we can confidently assume Samsung’s gizmo will be priced in line with Apple’s media player which goes for $229/$299/$399 in 8GB/32GB/64GB flavors.

Source: Samsung Hub