By Alexandra Burlacu | May 01, 2013 01:24 PM EDT
Samsung apparently has a new Galaxy Player in the pipeline, as references to a Samsung Galaxy Player 2 appeared in some benchmarks.
The original Galaxy Player series was not hugely popular, but if the revamped version sports some better specs, it may be able to compete more directly with Apple's popular iPod Touch.
The Galaxy Player 2 apparently comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on board, and it will likely sport different screen sizes. The original Samsung Galaxy Player came with screen sizes ranging from 2.8 inches to 6 inches, and the next-generation may offer a similar experience.
According to TechTastic, published benchmarks of the Galaxy player YP-GI2 detail a device that is very similar to the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 in terms of specifications. The purported Galaxy Player YP-GI2 will likely sport a 4.2-inch screen, as the resolution of 800 x 480 pixels appears unchanged.
Under the hood the device packs a Marvell PXA986 (ARM Cortex-A9) processor and a Vivante GC1000 GPU. Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean runs the show, along with Samsung's own TouchWiz interface.
The news of a second-generation Samsung Galaxy Player comes as quite a surprise. The original Galaxy Player unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2012 was not exactly a smashing hit, which prompted many to speculate that Samsung will cancel the line. Instead, the South Korean tech giant seems poised to give it another try and come up with a new, revamped Galaxy Player to challenge the iPod Touch. The Samsung Galaxy Player 2, however, doesn't seem to be much better than its predecessor.
TechTastic expects Samsung to announce the new Galaxy Player YP-GI2 in the coming weeks, followed by a launch in late May or in June. No additional details are available for now, and the device remains in the rumor state until Samsung decides to make it official. If TechTastic proves to be right, Samsung may announce the new Galaxy Player soon and perhaps offer some more details on the device's pricing and availability. Until then, take things with a healthy dose of skepticism.
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