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 Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Discontinued
24th March 2010

The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S is a high-end Android 2.1 smartphone with a very large 4" 800 x 480 pixel AMOLED display and a 1GHz processor.

As far as Android phones go, the I9000 Galaxy S seems to be towards the very top end of the pile. In addition to the large screen and fast processor, the Galaxy S boasts 3.5G support with maximum download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and uploads of up to 5.76 Mbps plus WiFi connectivity with support for fast 802.11n networks as well as the more traditional b and g wireless LANs.

On the back of the I9000 Galaxy S is a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, this can also record HD 720p video at 30 frames per second. Because this is a Samsung, then there are loads of goodies included with the camera including a panoramic shot, stop motion and cartoon shot functions.

 Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Multimedia support on the I9000 is comprehensive, including all major formats including MP3, Windows Media, DivX, OGG, AAC and a whole bunch more. Screenshots indicate that there's an FM radio installed too.

GPS and a digital compass are built in, although there's no word on what kind of navigation options are available. The large display will make the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S ideal for use as an in-car satnav.

The Android 2.1 interface has been reworked to give it a consistent look-and-feel to other Samsung handsets. We find that this reskinning business is getting a bit annoying.. after all, if it's an Android phone then shouldn't it look like an Android phone? Samsung have included some social networking applications and personal information management tools in addition to the base Android offering, and the Galaxy S should be able to download new apps from the Android market.

It's a big device, the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S measures 122 x 54 x 10mm but despite that it only weighs a moderate 118 grams. The I9000 also has a large 1500 mAh battery, a useful feature because Android can eat into battery life. The Galaxy S isn't particularly attractive though, it's a standard black slabby design that looks like many other smartphones.

There's no word on pricing or availability, but don't expect the Samsung Galaxy S to be cheap. Our guess is that this handset will retail for something in the region of €400 to €450 whenever it finally hits the streets.

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S at a glance




GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 1900 / 2100




4" 800 x 480 pixels


5 megapixels


PDA-style device
122 x 64 x 10mm / 118 grams



Memory card:











Android 2.1

Battery life:

Not specified

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