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Sagem my850v

 Sagem my850v Due July 2007
30th June 2007

Shiny phones are all the rage, and the Sagem my850v is the latest glossy handset to hit the market.

At first glance, the my850v looks a little like the popular Sony Ericsson Z610, but in fact the my850v has a much better specification all around and it could well be a real winner for Sagem. This particular handset will be exclusively available on the Vodafone network - in fact we originally spotted the my850v a few weeks back masquerading under a different name.

The Sagem my850v is a 3G clamshell with a 2 megapixel camera, secondary video calling camera, a 2" 240x320 pixel display in 262,000 colours, microSD expandable memory and stereo Bluetooth. It's fairly lightweight for a 3G phone, coming in at 95 grams. It's pretty slim too at just 16mm thick.

The outside of the my850v is far more interesting to look at than the inside - the mirrored surface conceals a 96x64 pixel display than can display caller information or audio track details. There is also a set of concealed multimedia control keys which light up when the my850v is playing music. This can be seen more clearly in the picture below.

 Sagem my850v As you would expect, the Sagem my850v has a multimedia player that supports MP3 format music, and it can also play back AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+ audio files. The my850v also supports MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and 3GP video formats.

This handset is aimed at the lower midrange market, so there are a few compromises to keep the cost down. The 2 megapixel camera lacks autofocus or a flash, and the internal memory is just 16MB so a microSD card is an essential add-on. We're not sure if one is included in the sales package of the Sagem my850v, but these days this type of memory card is very inexpensive.

Underneath all the glossiness, this is a tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz device with UMTS 2100 MHz 3G support. It also supports GPRS and EDGE data. Overall, the Sagem my850v measures 96 x 49 x 16mm, weighs 95 grams and has around 2.5 hours talktime on 3G, with up to 6 hours of music playback and a maximum of 12 days standby time.

Unusually for Sagem, this is a low-cost contract phone rather than pay-as-you-go (although we suspect a release for prepay customers will follow), and the my850v should be available directly from Vodafone in the UK and possibly other regions from July 2007.

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Sagem my850v at a glance


Q3 2007


GSM 900/1800/1900 + UMTS 2100




240x320 pixels, 262k colours


2 megapixels


Medium clamshell
96 x 49 x 16mm / 95 grams



Memory card:








Battery life:

2.5-4.5 hours talk / 12 days standby


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