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Samsung E590 (SGH-E590)

 Samsung E590 Discontinued
6th June 2007

Our first glimpse of the Samsung E590 was way back in February of this year, but there wasn't much information to go on. Samsung have now given full details of the SGH-E590 which is due to hit worldwide markets this month.

The Samsung SGH-E590 is a very compact device weighing just 66 grams, but it manages to squeeze in a 3 megapixel digital camera with autofocus, a 1.8" 220x220 pixel display, expandable memory and Bluetooth.

Designed by the industrial designer Jasper Morrison, the SGH-E590 doesn't look much like other Samsung devices. The understated design is rather more reminiscent of Nokia or Sony Ericsson, and it is certainly an elegant and unshowy looking phone.

There is one oddity with the Samsung E590 - the "Bean Bag". This is an accessory that acts as a camera tripod, made from a rubbery material that allows the E590 to be placed on a solid surface for steadier camera shots. This is an interesting idea, although we suspect that the Bean Bag might be a bit of a pain to carry around.

 Samsung SGH-E590 This is a tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz phone with GPRS and EDGE data support. It has Bluetooth 2.0 and a USB 2.0 port. Internal memory is 90MB, and this can be expanded using (presumably) microSD cards. The E590's media player can support MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+ and WMA formats. Samsung don't tend to mention battery life with their product announcements, so we have no idea about how long the E590 will last on a single charge.

Samsung say that the E590 will be available in Europe and Asia-Pacific countries from June 2007 in "Noble Black" and "Snow Silver Colours" although the pricing is not known at the time of going to press.

This is an elegant device that packs plenty of features into a very compact handset. The clean looking design is particularly refreshing and it would be nice to see more of the same from Samsung.

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Samsung E590 (SGH-E590) at a glance


Q3 2007


GSM 900/1800/1900




220x220 pixels, 262k colours


3.0 megapixels


Compact monoblock
94 x 42 x 14mm / 66 grams



Memory card:








Battery life:

Not specified


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