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Optus to offer Android-based Samsung Galaxy

zdnet.com.au
June 23, 2010

Optus has taken a stab at Telstra's early dominance in the market for high-end Android smartphones, with a one-month exclusive on Samsung's Galaxy S device launched in Sydney today.

The device is available exclusively from Optus for four weeks from 1 July with plans like the $59 a month "yes" social plan for 24 months with a minimum spend of $1416. It's not clear which other telcos might launch the phone after that date.

The Galaxy S' user interface is Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0, running on top of the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade available possibly later this year.

Under the hood, the Galaxy S has a 1Ghz processor, 512MB RAM and 16GB of internal storage with up to 32GB of expandable memory. The handset has a 4 inch WVGA AMOLED 800x480 touch screen display and is thin at 9.9mm, yet wide enough to accommodate the large display.

HD 720p video recording and playback is supported, with codecs including MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviD and supported formats 3gp (mp4), WMV, AVI, MKV and FLV.

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