Samsung Has Another Underwhelming Non-Phone Media Player

By Gary Cutlack on at

That's the new Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2, the latest in a long, long line of disappointing media players based loosely around the company's popular Galaxy S series of smartphones.

What you're getting in this latest attempt to crack the media player market is a 4.2" IPS display running at 800x480 resolution, plus Android 2.3 as the OS -- and Android Market access for apps. It's all powered by a 1GHz single core processor, which seems a little on the weedy side for a new device supposedly aimed at media fans and gamers.

Camera hardware is also a mixed bag. You do get dual cameras for easy video chatting, but the rear unit has a maximum resolution of 2megapixels, so there's a very good chance your phone will do a better job than that already.

Still, as a media player it ought to do the business, if that's what you want, with Samsung claiming the Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 supports DivX codecs, WMV files, MPEG4 and even MKV containers. So it ought to handle all your favourite rips, plus there's either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage space and an SD card slot for heaping on more. [Samsung]