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Samsung B2100 (GT-B2100)

 Samsung B2100 Available now
25th March 2009

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The Samsung B2100 is a very tough candy bar phone that competes directly against the likes of the Sonim XP3 in the ultra-rugged market. To be sold under various names including the B2100 SOLID and B2100 X-treme Edition, this phone is even tougher than the Samsung B2700 that came out last year.

 Samsung B2100 As with its Sonim rival, the Samsung B2100 has IP57 certification. This means that it has a high degree of dust protection and can also be immersed in up to 1 metre of water, in other words.. the B2100 is fully waterproof under most practical conditions. Many other "tough" phones only manage IP54 which can best be described as "highly splash resistant". There is a full explanation of IP codes here.

Samsung say that the B2100 can withstand temperatures between -20 and +60 degrees celcius, and the enclosure also protects against falls and shocks. The rubberised coating maximises grip, and one other highly practical feature is a built-in torch.

Underneath the resilient exterior, the Samsung B2100 is a pretty simple device with a 1.8" 128 x 160 pixel display, 1.3 megapixel camera, FM radio, MP3 player, microSD expandable memory, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The radio and MP3 player should make it a handy device to use when jogging, for example.

The large 1000 mAh battery provides up to 9 hours of talktime and an impressive 25 days maximum standby time. The Samsung B2100 is a quad-band GSM phone with GPRS and EDGE data, but unlike the B2700 it does not support 3G. The phone measures 113 x 49 x 17mm and comes in at 103 grams, which is pretty good considering how tough it is.

Samsung say that the B2100 should be available from April in certain European countries (France, Germany and probably most others) for a SIM-free price of around €170.

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Samsung B2100 at a glance


Q2 2008


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900




128 x 160 pixels, 262k colours


1.3 megapixels


Medium monoblock
113 x 49 x 17mm / 103 grams



Memory card:










Battery life:

9 hours talk / 25 days standby


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