Ahead of IFA beginning later this week, South Korean-based Samsung announced a new personal media player for its line of 3.6-inch, 4-inch, 4.2-inch, and 5.0-inchers. In a press release this morning, Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Player 5.8 that rocks a humongous 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 960-by-540 LCD. The company has not given any details on launch or pricing, but it told us the device also packs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung’s infamous TouchWiz UI, a 16GB or 32GB storage option, microSD slot, front VGA camera for video conferencing, and modest 2,500mAh battery.
With a resolution of 960-by-540, we have to wonder how bad this screen is going to look. In comparison, Apple’s iPod touch has the same resolution and is only 3.5-inches. Why didn’t Samsung include a higher-quality display on such a large device? My guess is cost.