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Samsung F500 (SGH-F500 / Ultra Video)

 Samsung F500 Expected 2007
11th December 2006, updated 24th February 2007 (corrections)

Closely related to the Samsung F300, the Samsung F500 is a dual-face multimedia 3G phone with a "multimedia side" and "phone side". However, the SGH-F500 is much more than a standard music phone.. this handset is designed to play videos and, optionally, receive digital TV broadcasts (according to Samsung).

Perhaps the SGH-F500 can be considered as the follow-on device from the Samsung P900 / P910 models, but it's a much more elegant design. Samsung have designed the F500 so that it can be placed on a flat surface, rather that the P900/P910 which is a handheld device.

Originally we believed that the SGH-F500 could receive DVB-H TV broadcasts (and the original press photos showed the F500 with an antenna). In fact, it turns out that the F500 doesn't receive DVB-H, but the very similar SGH-F510 does.

The screen on the Samsung F500 is a large 2.4" 240x320 pixel panel in 262,000 colours than can display video in landscape (wide) mode as well as operate more like a conventional handset in portrait (tall) mode. On the back is a 2 megapixel camera, although there doesn't appear to be a secondary camera for video calling. Internal memory is a whopping 400Mb, expandable by a further 2Gb using microSD cards. That should be plenty of space for multimedia clips. The SGH-F500 also supports stereo Bluetooth.

 SGH-F500 Another unusual feature of the SGH-F500 is that it supports the DivX video codec, combined with a built-in audio player. This enables the Samsung F500 to play back MP3, AAC, WMA, DivX, MPEG4,H.264, WMV, WMDRM/MTP, DivX DRM, and OMA DRM media types. Yes, that's a bit of an alphabet soup.. put it this way, the Samsung F500 is probably the most versatile media player we've seen to date.

As we said, this is a 3G UMTS phone, with tri-band GSM support (900/1800/1900) plus GPRS and EDGE data. The Samsung F500's 3G capabilities allow the handset to download multimedia over a UMTS network. The SGH-F500's multimedia capabilties mean that this is a versatile device when it comes to video playback. The F500 can be connected to a PC via a USB 2.0 connection. Overall size is a relatively slim 116 x 50 x 11mm. There's no WiFi though, which seems to be an annoying omission.

 

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Samsung F500 (SGH-F500 / Ultra Video) at a glance

Available:

2007

Network:

UMTS 2100 + GPRS  900/1800/1900

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G)

Screen:

240x320 pixels, 262k colours (main)

Camera:

2 megapixels

Size:

Medium candy bar
116x50x11mm / weight unknown

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

microSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

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