Samsung Galaxy i5500 (Corby) Is Official, Headed to Italy Next Week


Today, Samsung’s officially unveiling the Samsung Galaxy i5500 – otherwise known as the Corby phone – and it’ll be headed to Italy. We first heard about the low-end device in the middle of last month, and its leak was followed by a series of confirmations through the standard certification outlets a phone normally has to go through.


It’ll be running Android 2.1 with a custom interface by Samsung (we’re not sure if they’re calling this TouchWiz, but it’s reminiscent to what we’ve seen on their touchscreen feature phones). Other specs include a 2.8-inch QVGA LCD touchscreen, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, a 600Mhz processor, 100MB of ROM, and will ship with a 1GB MicroSD card.

You’ll also get the standard set of 3G connectivity bands bands (HSDPA supported). Wind and TIM are said to be the operators that are offering the device and its pricing will sit at 199 euros (there was no word on if this was contract pricing or not). If you’re in Italy, expect to be able to snatch this one up sometime next week.

[Press Release translated from Italian, via CellularMania, Thanks Samsung Hub]

It enhances the supply of phones Samsung for young people thanks to the arrival of the new Corby Smartphone (i5500). This version is proposed to the public as the evolution of the successful family Corby, combining fresh, original spirit characteristic of this line with the latest operating system Google Android 2.1.

Embellished with attractive design and its juvenile form, Corby Smartphone has been developed in response to a young generation mobile increasingly demanding. The heart is the Android operating system version Éclair, which, besides an improved interface gives users instant access to a wide range of applications, and growing. The great advantage of this operating system will, in fact, can download thousands of new and interesting applications, such as Virgil’s useful both dall’Android Market ™ directly from the Samsung Application Store, conveniently saves the phone memory to 100MB or 1GB microSD that Samsung includes in the package.

In addition to a wide range of applications, Corby Smartphones offer full access to all Google services such as Google ™ mobile search and Gmail ™ ™ to manage their email, browsing with Google Maps ™ and Google Talk ™. Corby Smartphone offers a connection to 360 ° thanks to 3G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1, USB connection and the innovative feature DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). This provides the opportunity to enjoy digital content such as photos, music and video conveniently share through network devices such as personal computers, PDAs, etc. that support this technology.

Corby Smartphone is equipped with a display touchcreen 2.8 “16 million colors, a 2.0 megapixel camera, A-GPS, FM Radio, MP3 player with 3.5-mm headset connector, all fully supported by a 1200mAh battery that ensuring long-term use.

The most advanced connectivity, Corby Smartphone combines his soul “social” making it even faster and easier access and sharing of content, pictures and video to your favorite social networks like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. Smartphone Corby wants to propose such as an ideal companion for communicating with their friends and their network of contacts, anytime and from anywhere via e-mail, instant messaging and blogs.

Luca Callegari, Marketing Director of the Division of Samsung phones Italy, reaffirmed the vision of Samsung for the “Democratization of the Smartphone. In a highly competitive, dynamic and challenging, Samsung continues to innovate to get ahead, looking at the Smartphone as the heart of its strategy. Samsung estimates that the global sales of Smartphones double by 2013.

Corby Smartphone will be available in the color “Black Ebony” from mid-June, with retail price of Euro 199 by operators TIM and Wind.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. i’m so happy…..we are the first to get an ugly smartphone!!!!Italians do it better!ahahahhahaah.

  2. Thanks Samsung, a Low Price Android Smartphone. This will take market on Developing Country.I think Other Android Phones are So Much Expensive.

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