Feeds

First Samsung Android phone out next week

But only on O2

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

Exclusive Samsung’s first Android-based mobile phone – the Galaxy i7500 - will be launched next week, Register Hardware has discovered.

Samsung_I7500

Samsung's Galaxy: out next week on O2

Staff at a handful of O2 retail outlets consulted the chain’s stock management system on our behalf, and told us that the device – which features a 528MHz Qualcomm processor - will arrive in its stores next week.

O2 is the exclusive carrier for the Galaxy.

The phone isn’t yet listed for sale on O2’s website, but a search filter for handset accessories does allow you to select the i7500 as an option. Sadly, it doesn’t bring back any results.

An O2 spokeswoman told us the phone will launch “in the next few weeks”. Thankfully, store staff are a little more up to date.

Speculation had been building in an O2 online forum that the i7500’s launch had suffered a setback after allegedly failing to pass O2's handset accreditation process. Exactly what it may have stumbled on isn’t clear, but the spokeswoman said that all the carrier's phones go through a “customer experience process” prior to launch.

Should the i7500 have failed one of these mighty hurdles then it’s possible that the phone’s scheduled launch date – which was never circulated outside of O2’s HQ – was moved back slightly in order to give Samsung and O2 enough time to rectify the problem.

It’s not yet known how much the i7500 will cost. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays
Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away
Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?