Samsung has unveiled a Wi-Fi only smartphone to meet customer demand for a high-end handset that can be used without the risk of expensive data charges.
The Galaxy WiFi 3.6 supports only Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi connections, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash and supports up to 720p HD video playback.
The handset has a 3.65in HGVA display and is powered by a 1GHz processor. It weighs 107.4g and has dimensions of 115.9mm x 62.4mm x 9.5mm.
A Samsung spokesperson said the company is confident that the Galaxy WiFi 3.6 will find a niche in the market by offering access to multi-media content without the costs involved in using standard smartphones.
"There is considerable demand for access to rich multimedia anywhere, anytime, and connectivity that enables users to easily share the content they care for wirelessly," the spokesperson said.
"With the Galaxy WiFi 3.6 we have created a device that allows consumers to wirelessly access rich multimedia, choose from thousands of relevant applications to download, and communicate with friends using Social Hub."
The smartphone will launch in early October at retailers including Dixons, Amazon, Littlewoods, HMV and Argos. The 8GB version costs £149 and the 16GB £169.
Samsung has launched several smartphones and tablets at IFA as the company looks to maintain its position as the dominant Android device manufacturer, despite facing a legal challenge from Apple over the design of the Galaxy Tab.
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