3GSM Barcelona 2007 Live Coverage: Samsung

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The recent Samsung Ultra II line was all over Barcelona on various posters of different sizes – most of them being really large. As you have probably seen on the introductory Barcelona pictures, it doesn't’t hold long for the Samsung advertisements to catch your attention. The Samsung stand at the Fire de Barcelona where the 3Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) 2007 was dominated by the same thing although Samsung announced several other models beside the Ultras. It features four recent mobiles - the Samsung U600, Samsung U700, as well as the Samsung U100 and the Samsung U300. All of the handset will also feature enhanced music playback capabilities thanks to the digital power amp which is developed by Bang and Olufsen. A wall at the Samsung stand reveals all the available colors for the recent Ultra handsets.

Samsung advert and stand

Samsung U600 (Ultra 10.9)

The highlight of the recent Ultra series is definitely the Samsung U600 dubbed Ultra Edition 10.9. It's a stylish slider with a 3.2 megapixel camera, 2.2" 262K colors TFT display with a QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, and a microSD memory card slot. The Samsung U600 has quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support. It features a really fascinating combination of touch sensitive keys plus normal ones plus two extraordinary ones. The latter are the two receiver keys - they are not real keys as they do not move, nor do they give any feedback when pressed. They don't see like your ordinary touch keys either - in fact the do not respond to touch only. You have to press them harder and voila! They work - nice one. The Samsung U600 is a really fascinating mobile as are the other Ultra mobiles - the innovations and the high-tech features cannot assist but impress.

Samsung U600

Samsung U300 (Ultra 9.6)

The Samsung U300 dubbed as Ultra Edition 9.6 is an all-metal body clamshell featuring a 3 megapixel camera, a large primary 2.2" 262K colors TFT display with a QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution and a lot smaller gray Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) external display with a resolution of 96 x 16 pixels. The external display shows information about the clock, the network strength and the battery status. The Samsung U300 is also equipped with a TV-out port and the proprietary Samsung office documents reader. It has tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE network support. The keypad of the Samsung U300 is rather strange - it is entirely flat and there is almost no feedback when you press them. Yet they respond rather quickly and accurately when you actually do press them.

Samsung U300

Samsung U100 (Ultra 5.9)

The Samsung U100 (Ultra Edition 5.9) is advertised by Samsung as the slimmest phone in the world, measuring only 5.9 mm in thickness. Just for comparison the previous champion - the Samsung X820 had a thickness of 6.9 mm. The Samsung U100 has an identical equipment to that of the Samsung U300 with the exception of a smaller 1.9" 262K TFT display with a resolution of 220x176 pixels. The display looks rather strange since the horizontal side is longer than the vertical one. The handset is indeed really slim. You almost have a feeling that it would break when you apply some force to it. In fact it really does bdiscontinue a small in the center when you push it - it's so slim. A nice feature it has that we didn't notice in the other Ultras is the Smart Dial as seen on Windows Mobile handsets. What it means is that typing a number directly from the standby classy screen filters the contact numbers in the phonebook and shows you all relevant entries. Our overall impression from the U100 is that it is really extremely thin - it almost makes you ask yourselves "How did they managed to squeeze an entire phone in that body?" Any slimmer than that and it would break as easily as a cracker in your pocket.

Samsung U100

Samsung U700 (Ultra 12.1)

The Samsung U700 designated as Ultra Edition 12.1 is again a slim slider as the Samsung U600 but this time it's a HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE enabled handset with video telephony striving to provide the latest in high speed data transfers. It's equipped with a 3 megapixel capturing camera with auto focus, and again a 2.2" 262K colors TFT display with a QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, and a microSD memory card slot. It is again equipped with a wheel and a couple of touch keys, but the alphanumeric keypad is a different one with a more wavy shape.

Samsung U700

Samsung F300 Ultra Music

The Samsung Ultra line is beginning to turn into something of a Ultra family of mobiles. It includes diversified mobiles for everybody's taste with somewhat specialized functions. A nice example of that are the Samsung F300 Ultra Music and the Samsung F500 Ultra Video. The Ultra line also includes the Samsung i600 Ultra Messaging. All three of them were which were announced last year but for now the only one that was showcased at the 3Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) 2007 was the F300 Ultra Music. We took the opportunity to play with it a bit since this is the first time we hrecent it in our hands. The F300 Ultra Music looks more like a MP3 player than like a mobile phone. It has a lightning quick user interface which by the way is the same as the one of the Samsung F500. The unusual thing about it is that the phone part of it has only a one-line display and yet it's a color TFT one and the proprietary black Samsung menu is shown on one line only and can be scrolled to the left or to the right.

Samsung F300

Samsung F510 Ultra Mobile TV

Besides that it turned out that the F500 Ultra Video has got some successors in the face of the Samsung F510 Ultra Mobile TV. If you've ever wondered why the official pictures of the F500 include a TV antenna while it doesn't have a TV tuner, the possible respond is that the pictures are in fact portraying the Samsung F510 which was announced here at the 3Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) 2007. The probability of such an respond is further strengthened by the fact that the F510 is going to be released before the original F500 nevertheless that the latter was announced almost 3 months before the F510. The Samsung F510 is expected in Q1 of 2007, while the F500 would hit the shelves in Q2 of 2007.

The recent Samsung F510 Ultra Mobile TV features DVB-H support for enjoying mobile TV on the go and HSDPA for ultra quick data transfers. Otherwise, the specs remain the same as the ones of F500 - a 2.4" 262K colors TFT display with a QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support plus UMTS, 2 megapixel capturing camera plus integrated DivX video player. The device switches between phone and player modes by the utilize of a side slider. The navigation of the player is performed through a Sweep Touch interface. What this means is that you go through the menu by making sweep moves on the touch sensitive navigation pad. Pressing only doesn't do the job you have to sweep your thumb across the pad in order to change between menu items. The integrated antenna tucks in safely into the body of the device. When it's extended the swivel base allow it to be rotated in different positions. The swivel form factor of the device really makes it unique since it allows to create the device sit on the desk or table and you can watch TV without holding it in your hand.

Samsung F510

Samsung F200

Speaking of the F-series, there was one other handset that wasn't officially announced but yet it was featured at the Samsung stand. It is the Samsung F200, the successor of the Samsung X830, which we have reviewed in detail. The recent mobile has the same swivel form factor but its specs remain yet unknown. The two devices see almost the same, but the Samsung F200 has three columns of alphanumeric keys which allows for more user-friendliness. The navigation is no longer performed by an active wheel but by a regular navigation D-pad. Furthermore, the F200 doesn't feature a capturing camera which is not that poor by the way since taking pictures with the Samsung X830 was a bit uncomfortable due to its form factor.

Unannounced model - Samsung F200; compared to Samsung X830

Samsung F700 smartphone

The Samsung Ultra Smart F700, which was announced a week before the 3Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) 2007, was showcased at the 3Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) congress, but behind a protective glass so we couldn't acquire our hands on it. It has a 5 megapixel capturing camera with autofocus, HSDPA support, a 2,8" 262K colors TFT touchclassy screen display with the unusual resolution of 440x220 pixels, and a full sliding hardware QWERTY keyboard.

Beside the regular smartphone functionality, the Samsung F700 features a number of unique hardware characteristics. Measuring 104 x 50 x 16.4mm, the F700 has an innovative touchclassy screen functionality called VibeTonz which allows user to actually feel the buttons on the touchclassy screen and pressing them produces slight vibrations for enhanced user friendliness. We saw much the same functionality on the Neonode N2, previewed here. Furthermore the interface features drag-n-drop functionality which would enable users to control almost all of the features of the mobile without the need for stylus.

Samsung F700

Samsung F520 smartphone

Another mobile announced this week at the 3Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) 2007 was the Samsung F520. It is a touchclassy screen smartphone much like the aforementioned F700. Its Flash interface is optimized for touch-navigation and there is no need for stylus. The 3" touchclassy screen display hides the sliding keyboard which is unique with its dual function. Sliding it to the side reveals a QWERTY keyboard. Slide it to the left and you have a regular MultiTap alphanumeric keypad. It also boasts a 3 megapixel camera, tri-band GSM/EDGE/UMTS support plus HSDPA. The F520 will be commercially available in Q3 of 2007.

Samsung F520

Samsung i520 smartphone

The Samsung i520 is a HSDPA-enabled business smartphone which also has GPRS/EDGE/UMTS support. The i520 also boasts a 2 megapixel camera, a large 2.3" 262K colors TFT display with a QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution. The smartphone is powered by the Symbian Operating System (OS) 9.2 with the 3rd edition S60 user interface and is controlled by touch sensitive keys. It also sports stereo Bluetooth support and microSD memory card slot. The latest edition of the Symbian Operating System (OS) looks nice and the i520 is equipped with a nice theme which looks as the proprietary black Samsung menu system used on all Ultra handsets. Six of the keys featured on the Samsung i520 are touch sensitive and they are combined with an analog joystick control.

Samsung i520

Samsung i710 Pocket PC

The Samsung i710 wasn't officially announced by Samsung but yet it was showcased at their stand. It is a fully functional Pocket Personal Computer (PC) with touchclassy screen functionality. Powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC, it doesn't have Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) or a hardware QWERTY keyboard but it has a rather slim body which is really fashionable as is the case with all the recent Samsung mobiles. We got to admit that for a Pocket Personal Computer (PC) device it looks fabulous. The integrated Launcher applications transforms the user interface into the proprietary black Samsung menu system seen on all Ultra devices which we happen to like very much. The device also features a 2 megapixel capturing camera with auto focus. The i710 is powered by an Intel XScale ARM920T PXA27x processor and as far as we managed to see, the device was pretty fast. The actual clock of the processor is yet unknown since the clock of this type of processor can vary a lot. But having in mind that the Samsung i320 and Samsung i300 have the same type of processor clocked at 416Mega Hertz (MHz) our best guess is that the i720 also features a 416Mega Hertz (MHz) processor. So far the detailed specs of the Samsung i710 are yet unknown but we are quite pleased with the device looks and feel.

Samsung i710

Samsung i710 and Samsung i520

Samsung P110

The Samsung P110 is a clamshell with a rather fascinating design. It sports a Video Graphics Array (VGA) capturing camera and a 2.1" 65K colors TFT display with a resolution of 176x220 pixels plus a full QWERTY keyboard. The Samsung P110 doesn't have a memory card slot but features stereo Bluetooth and has 25Mega Bytes (MB) of memory. We tried to guess why the stereo Bluetooth when there isn't enough memory for uploading music on the mobile but our efforts were in vain. May be more information will be available in the future. The Samsung P110 has a rather comfortable QWERTY keyboard and the low-price segment has just received an exclusive messaging phone - up until now the QWERTY keyboard was reserved for an upper segment which consists of smarter phones with some kind of OS.

Samsung P110

Samsung E590

The Samsung E590 is a regular bar-shape phone but comes with a 3 megapixel capturing camera with auto focus. It has a 1.8" 262K colors TFT display with the unusual resolution of 220x220 pixels, tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support and a Frequency Modulation (FM) radio. The mobile has really small dimensions and the 3 megapixel capturing camera on its back comes as a bit of a surprise since it doesn't see as a high-discontinue phone at all. The mat black plastic of the unit we saw at the Samsung stand was more appropriate for a cheaper budacquire mobile solution. But the classic calculator design seems to be the hit this year and almost all manufacturers have at least one in their 2007 portfolio.

Samsung E590

Samsung E840

The Samsung E840 is a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE handset with a 2 megapixel camera. It has the proprietary Samsung document viewer which allows you to open office documents on the really large 2.2" 262 colors TFT display with a QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution. This slider is really stylish with an all-metal body and a display with a mirror effect. The soft keys are touch sensitive, while the alphanumeric keypad consists of perfectly level keys which though are rather comfortable to type with.

Samsung E840

Samsung E740

The Samsung E740 is a stylish slider with a 2 megapixel camera, a 2" 262K colors TFT display, a 2 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, a Frequency Modulation (FM) radio and a microSD memory card slot. The integrated player can be controlled by the dedicated external music keys. It comes in lively colors and has an active wheel navigation. The wheel can be used for scrolling menu items plus it's put to very fine utilize when playing multimedia content - just like a home stereo knob.

Samsung E740

Samsung E830

The Samsung E830 is again a slider with the same hardware features as the Samsung E740.

Samsung E830



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