Oct 242007
 

Samsung’s smartphone department has always been a bit of an “oddball” to me, announcing Palm OS smartphones like the i530 that never drop(except to staff of the Athens Olympics…and to Theo Poon). Samsung recently started to do Series 60 phones, and had a nice booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show. Here are a few impressions:

Samsung booth
Samsung’s booth was rather classic – no crazy sportsmen like at the Motorola booth. However, there were loads of phones available for visitors to play around with at the five stands:
0a The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Samsung i400
Samsung advertises the i400 as “the world’s slimmest S60 slide-up:
1a The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

The phone itself is a small device with a slide-out multitap keyboard – next to a Treo 680, the device doesn’t look that small any more:
2a The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show 2b The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show 2c The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Samsung didn’t give any real further specs:
3a The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Samsung i450
Samsung’s i450 is a S60-powered phone targeted at audiophiles:
4b The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show 4c The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

It is similar to the i400, however, sliding the screen downwards exposes an ipod-like control wheel. The phone has a 3’5inch headphone jack and uses Bang&Olufsen technology to improve audio quality:
addme The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Here is a video showing the Samsung i450 in action:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4772567466219330357&hl=en

Samsung i520
The i520 was also shown at the booth – here are a few images of this business phone:
11 The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show 11a The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show 11b The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Of all Samsung phones shown, the i520 seems to be the smallest to me:
11c The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show 11d The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show 11e The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Samsung i550
The i550 seems to be Samsung’s “professional” S60 smartphone, offering GPS, HSDPA, a large QVGA screen and a 3.2MP camera:
5a The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Unfortunately, Samsung stuck to a smallish multitap keyboard – a feature that will reduce usability significantly(IMHO):
6a The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Samsung gives a tiny bit of extra specs here:
7a The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Here is a video of the Samsung i550 in action:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=27052534879065674&hl=en

Samsung i560
The Samsung i560 is very similar to the i550 specs-wise(except for the lack of GPS) – Samsung positions it as a “sleek smartphone”:
8a The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Compared to a Treo 680, the actual size of the unit becomes visible – not at all sleek…
9a The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show 9b The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Here, Samsung gives the following specs:
10 The Samsung Booth at the Symbian Smartphone Show

Overall, I can confirm that all four Samsung phones exist and are alive and kicking – but I have no idea when they will finally hit the market…


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