July 1 looks like being a big day for the Australian smartphone market with telco heavyweights Telstra and Optus ready to do battle with dueling smartphones.

While Telstra announced a couple of days ago its plans to launch the LG Optimus on July 1, Optus has today made its intentions clear and will launch the Samsung Galaxy S on the same day. The phone will be available exclusively through Optus stores for four weeks and be available from all major carriers in August.

The new Samsung phone combines a four-inch AMOLED touchscreen panel with 800×480-pixel resolution, a 1GHz application processor and Android 2.1 “Eclair” operating system.

On-board, the Galaxy S sports a 5-megapixel image sensor and front-facing VGA telephony camera.

The phone will capture video at up to 720p (1280×720-pixel resolution) at up to 30fps. It will also be one of the most richly supported in terms of audio and video codecs. Video playback formats allowed include MPEG-4 SP, H.264, H.263, DivX and XviD. The audio codec support includes MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, AC3 and includes the open-source formats Vorbis (OGG) and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec).

Network coverage includes just about all the possible bands include 2100MHz 3G.

Internal storage is 16GB, expandable with a MicroSD card slot, supporting card capacities up to 32GB.

One of the key features at launch is a sync with Borders book store thanks to the Borders eReader application built into the phone. Buyers who purchase a Galaxy S before August 31 will be eligible to a free copy of either The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas or Underbelly: The Golden Mile by John Silvester and Andrew Rule on ebook. Users will also be able to purchase books direct from the Borders book store.

At this stage, Samsung has not directly given details on battery life however, online reports suggest it should be around 750/576 hours’ standby in 2G/3G mode while talk time will be 13hrs30mins/6hrs30mins, respectively.

No details of Optus plans have yet been released.

Details on the Samsung i9000 Galaxy S are below

Network 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
OS Android 2.1
Display 4.0” WVGA Super AMOLED (800×480)
Camera 5.0 mega-pixel camera + VGA Video Telephony Camera,  Auto Focus,
Self shot, Action shot, Add me, Stop motion, Cartoon shot, Smile shot,
Panorama shot
Video HD(720p@30fps) video playing & recording
Codec: Mpeg4, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviD
Format: 3gp (mp4), WMV (asf), AVI (divx), MKV, FLV
Audio MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, FLAC, XMF
Value-added Android Market™ and Samsung Apps for more applications and contents
Features Auto codec support
Samsung Social Hub
GPS
Augmented Reality with Layar Reality Browser
1 GHz Application Processor
SMS, MMS, Email, Video Messaging
Sensor: Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Light
Offline & No SIM Mode, Mobile Widgets
Connectivity Bluetooth technology v 3.0
USB v2.0 (High-Speed)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Allshare via DLNA
Memory 16GB storage, 512MB RAM, external memory slot (up to 32GB)
Size 64.2 x 122.5 x 9.9mm, 124g
Battery 1500 mAh

MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, FLAC, XMF

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