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Samsung's Big Push for 2004

15th April 2004

Samsung have been astonishingly busy revamping their entire range of handsets, recently announcing an almost completely new range at CeBIT. The new range shows a much better product spread than the old one, and there's a great deal of real innovation here. Samsung are clearly hungry for market share, and the 2004 range demonstrates this. These are some of the highlights of the new product range. Not all handsets will be available in all countries.

With this range, Samsung are proving to be one of the most innovative phone makers of 2004, in our view battling it out with Siemens for the most promising manufacturer.

 

 

Samsung D710 (SGH-D710)

An interesting Symbian based smartphone with a megapixel camera, with a sliding keypad now seen on some other Samsungs (borrowed from the Siemens SL55 perhaps). It's a powerful little device with good smartphone functions, video capture and a host of other goodies.

Samsung D710 (SGH-D710) at a glance

Available:

Q2/Q3 2004

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

176x220 pixels, 65k colours

Camera:

1 megapixel approx

Size:

Compact sliding PDA format
101x51x24 mm / 110 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

OS:

Symbian Series 60

 

 

Samsung E100 (SGH-E100)

A fairly basic clamshell phone, but one that's quite compact and reasonably light too. The E100's screen is probably the best in its class of low cost clamshells.

Samsung E100 (SGH-E100) at a glance

Available:

Q2/Q3 2004

Network:

Dual-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x160, 65k colours

Camera:

No

Size:

Compact clamshell
83x47x21 mm / 80 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

No

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung E400 (SGH-E400)

One of the few recent annoucements that wasn't at CeBIT, the E400 is another compact clamshell pitched towards the lower end of the midrange market.

Samsung E400 (SGH-E400) at a glance

Available:

Soon

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x144, 65k colours

Camera:

No

Size:

Compact clamshell
88x42x23mm / 88 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung E600 (SGH-E600)

A neat little camera phone that's more traditionally a Samsung in design terms. Samsung are likely to push the E600 on the versatility of the E600's VGA resolution camera.

Samsung E600 (SGH-E600) at a glance

Available:

Soon

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x128 pixels (main), 65k colours

Camera:

640x480 pixels

Size:

Compact clamshell
82x42x24mm / 85 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Not specified

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung E700 (SGH-E700)

The E700, and its close derivatives the E710 and E715 were among the best selling phones of the last half of 2003. Samsung are committed to continuing with the E7xx series throughout most of 2004, and we don't blame them either. The E700 is one of our favourite phones.

Samsung E700 (SGH-E700) at a glance

Available:

Now

Network:

Dual-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x160 pixels (main), 65k colours

Camera:

640x480 pixels

Size:

Compact clamshell
90x45x23mm / 88 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung E800 (SGH-E800)

The closest thing we've seen to a successor to the excellent Siemens SL55, using the sliding handset available on some other Samsungs. A compact phone with bags of features.

Samsung E800 (SGH-E800) at a glance

Available:

Soon

Network:

Dual band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x160, 65k colours

Camera:

640x480 pixels

Size:

Compact sliding design
87x43x24 mm / 86 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung E810 (SGH-E810)

An upgrade of the E800 with a swivelling camera and video capture capabilities. A good phone for its small size, but frankly we think the E800 is cuter!

Samsung E810 (SGH-E810) at a glance

Available:

Q3/Q4 2004

Network:

Dual band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x160, 65k colours

Camera:

640x480 pixels, rotating

Size:

Compact sliding design
87x44x24 mm / 86 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung i500 (SGH-i500)

Confusingly named with a similar Samsung i500 in the US, the SGH-i500 is a rare example of a PalmOS based smartphone. More that just a clever phone, this is one of the most advanced PalmOS devices anywhere, with improve software, handwriting recognition and a best-in-class digital camera.

Samsung i500 (SGH-i500) at a glance

Available:

Q3/Q4 2004

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

162x176 pixels, 65k colours, touch sensitive

Camera:

640x480 pixels

Size:

Medium-large clamshell size
92x52x23 / 150 grams

Bluetooth:

Not specified

Infra-red:

Not specified

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

OS:

PalmOS 5.2

 

 

Samsung i700 (SGH-i700)

Another confusingly named device, the i700 has been around in various incarnations before, but this is based on the Microsoft Pocket PC 2003 operating system, making it a highly advanced and capable hybrid PDA/phone.

Samsung i700 (SGH-i700) at a glance

Available:

Q3/Q4 2004

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

230x320 pixels, 65k colours

Camera:

640x480 pixels

Size:

PDA size
132x70x17 mm / 195 grams

Bluetooth:

Not specified

Infra-red:

Not specified

Polyphonic:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

OS:

Microsoft Pocket PC 2003

 

 

Samsung P400 (SGH-P400)

Another hit of 2003, the P400 will continue into 2004 with it's trademark wacky swivelling trick. We think it will be retired sooner rather than later though, because the specification is beginning to look tired.

Samsung P400 (SGH-P400) at a glance

Available:

Now

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x160pixels, 65k colours

Camera:

352x288 pixels

Size:

Standard clamshell
91x48x23mm / 105 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Battery life:

3-5 hrs talk / 120-140 hrs standby

 

 

Samsung P510 (SGH-P510)

A fairly straightforward VGA camera phone that sits in about the middle of the Samsung clamshell range. Another traditionally silver Samsung design.

Samsung P510 (SGH-P510) at a glance

Available:

Q3/Q4 2004

Network:

Dual-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x160pixels, 65k colours

Camera:

640x480 pixels

Size:

Standard clamshell
90x45x24mm / 92 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Not specified

Polyphonic:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung P710 (SGH-P710)

A rare EDGE capable device that's another typically silver Samsung. It also has the Samsung favourite of the swivelling camera. A nice phone, and one of the best (indeed the few) EDGE phones on the market.

Samsung P710 (SGH-P710) at a glance

Available:

Late 2004

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS + EDGE

Screen:

To be confirmed

Camera:

640x480 pixels

Size:

Medium-small Clamshell
89x47x22 / 90 grams

Bluetooth:

Not specified

Infra-red:

Not specified

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung P730 (SGH-P730)

Cheekily, Samsung dub the P730 "megapixel class", even though by our count it only has 0.8 megapixels. Still, it has one of the best cameras and screens of any phone in its class, and it does this neat little twisting-rotating thing too. Cool.

Samsung P730 (SGH-P730) at a glance

Available:

Mid 2004

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

176x192 pixels, 262k colours

Camera:

1024x864 pixels (0.8 megapixels)

Size:

Mid-sized clamshell
94x45x25mm / 123 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung X100 (SGH-X100)

Not strictly a "new" phone, and not technically exciting. However, the X100 is hugely inexpensive and is very competitive in the lower/mid range candy bar market. Our verdict? It's a real Nokia killer - the X100 is both cheaper and better specified than many competing Nokias. Doesn't look too bad either.

Samsung X100 (SGH-X100) at a glance

Available:

Soon

Network:

Dual-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x128 pixels, 65k colours

Camera:

No

Size:

Standard "candy bar" size
110x45x22mm / 85+ grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

3.5-5.5 hours talk / 15 days standby

 

 

Samsung X450 (SGH-X450)

A really basic single screen clamshell phone, built down to a price but still with a reasonably good screen and a nice light weight too.

Samsung X450 (SGH-X450) at a glance

Available:

Q3/Q4 2004

Network:

Dual-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x160, 65k colours

Camera:

None

Size:

Compact clamshell
83x47x21mm / 79 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Not specified

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung X600 (SGH-X600)

Another not-quite-new phone, the X600 will continue into 2004. Unlike the elegant X100, we think the X600 looks very strange indeed, and a 128x128 pixel display really isn't good enough for a camera phone.

Samsung X600 (SGH-X600) at a glance

Available:

Now

Network:

Dual-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x128 pixels, 65k colours

Camera:

640x480 pixels, swivelling

Size:

Candy bar format
102x42x20 mm / 80 g (with slim batter)

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

3.5-5.5 hrs talk / 160-360 hrs standby

 

 

Samsung X900 (SGH-X900)

With dual speakers, and a stonking 128Mb internal memory, the X900 is designed to be both a phone and music player. It also has a first rate screen, and still manages to be quite compact.

Samsung X900 (SGH-X900) at a glance

Available:

Soon

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

176x192 pixels, 262k colours

Camera:

640x480 pixels

Size:

Compact clamshell
90x46x24mm / 90 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Not specified

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung X910 (SGH-X910)

The X910 is definitely at the strange end of the market. Looking like a standard clamshell with an enormous electronic growth on it, this is actually an intersting hybrid device, combining a serious music player and digital camcorder into the phone. The odd-looking attachment is an RS-MMC memory card reader, meaning that large files can be easily transferred. The camera rotates, and there's a decently large screen too.

Samsung X910 (SGH-X910) at a glance

Available:

Q3/Q4 2004

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

176x192, 262k colours

Camera:

640x480 pixels

Size:

Large clamshell
105x48x24 mm / 129 grams

Bluetooth:

Not specified

Infra-red:

Not specified

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

Samsung z105 (SGH-z105)

After a succession of increasingly bizarre looking phones, the z105 is something of a relief.. but it's not quite what it seems. It looks like an utterly conventional clamshell, maybe a little larger than normal.. and quite a lot heavier. The z105's secret is that it's actually a 3G phone, and then you realise that it's a good deal smaller than the competition. This is Samsung's first 3G phone, and will debut as Vodafone's first 3G phone in the UK.

Samsung z105 at a glance

Available:

Q2 2004

Network:

3G (WCDMA) + Dual-band GSM

Data:

3G + GPRS

Screen:

176x192 pixels, 262k colours (main)
96x64 pixels, 65k colours (external)

Camera:

640x480 pixels (swivelling)

Size:

Large clamshell
95x50x26 mm / 132 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

 

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