Android phones are getting cheaper with the Samsung Galaxy 5

The Android smartphone revolution is in full-swing with handsets getting more accessible to the mass. The LG Optimus was the cheapest before at just under Php13k but it was running on Android 1.6. Now Samsung just announced their most affordable Android 2.1 phone to date, the Samsung Galaxy 5 (i5503) at a retail price of under Php11k.Samsung Galaxy 5The Samsung Galaxy 5 has a 2.8” LCD capacitive touchscreen and is powered by a 600MHz processor running on Android 2.1 (Eclair) with Samsung’s Touch Wiz 3.0 interface (same with the Galaxy S).

It has all the bells and whistles of a typical smartphone from Samsung like Social Hub and access to Samsung Apps. There’s also your typical WiFi and 3G connection (HSDPA 7.2), 2 megapixel camera (w/o flash though) and my most favorite of all, Swype texting! Too bad it only comes in black.

It should already be making its round to Samsung dealers in the metro as we speak so better scrounge some smartphone-buying money to get this one. Or you can wait for our review.

Samsung Galaxy 5 (i5503) Specs:

  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)
  • 2.8” QVGA TFT capacitive LCD (240 x 320)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA
  • HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 2MP FF w/o LED Flash
  • 170MB internal memory with support for, microSD (1GB included, up to 16GB)
  • A-GPS
  • 1200maH Li-On battery
  • SRP: Php10,980