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Samsung F700 (SGH-F700 / Ultra Smart F700) Preview

 Samsung F700 Discontinued
10th February 2007

The Samsung F700 will be officially announced at next week's 3GSM World Congress, but Samsung have given us a brief glimpse of the specifications of this upcoming device in advance.

It's an HSDPA capable 3.5G smartphone, with download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps (where supported), plus UMTS (3G), EDGE and GPRS, but the Samsung F700 does not appear to support WiFi.

The SGH-F700's landscape/portrait mode and slide-out QWERTY keyboard are reminiscent of HTC devices such as the TyTN, but it is quite rare to see other manufacturers with this type of form factor. The Samsung F700 has a 2.8" 440x240 pixel display which is slightly better than most competing smartphones which have just 320x240 pixels. However, it still can't compete with the 800x480 pixel display in the Nokia N800. The screen is touch-sensitive, which explains the lack of external controls (apart from the keyboard, of course).

 Samsung F700 On the back of the SGH-F700 is a digital camera with a whopping 5 megapixels with autofocus and flash, with a secondary camera on the front for making video calls.  This makes it one of the highest resolution cameras to be announced for the general worldwide market so far. One other unusual feature is vibrating feedback through the QWERTY keyboard, using Samsung's VibeTonz technology.

Samsung haven't said which operating system the SGH-F700 uses. Normally, we'd expect a device of this type to be running a version of Windows, but Samsung's custom drag-and-drop user interface would seem to indicate that it is something else. Samsung have been shipping Linux smartphones in China for a while, so perhaps the F700 is a Linux device. There's a full set of multimedia software, a web browser, email client and a document viewer too.

Although Samsung haven't specified how much the F700 weighs, they have specified its size as a fairly compact 104 x 50 x 16mm. Underneath is a tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz and UMTS 2100 MHz device with GPRS, EDGE and HSDPA data support. The F700 also comes with Bluetooth and a microSD memory slot.

Pricing and availability of the SGH-F700 are not known at present.

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Samsung F700 (SGH-F700) Provisional Specifications




GSM 900/1800/1900 + UMTS 2100




440x240 pixels, 262k colours


5 megapixels (main)


Compact PDA-style device
104 x 50 x 16mm / weight tbc



Memory card:



Not specified




Not specified

Battery life:

Not specified


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