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Samsung S5230 and S5600

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10th March 2009

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Samsung currently have about a dozen black slabby touchscreen phones in their range - so the addition of these two similar midrange devices is likely to cause some serious confusion.

 Samsung S5230 Samsung S5230

Featuring Samsung's TouchWiz interface, the Samsung S5230 is a slim touchscreen phone with a widescreen 3.0" 240 x 400 pixel display, 3 megapixel camera, an FM radio and a comprehensive multimedia player.

Of course, the S5230 comes with things like a web browser, Bluetooth and USB 2 connectivity. It also has handwriting recognition and various other multimedia tricks.

On the surface, it looks impressive. However, the Samsung S5230 lacks WiFi or 3G connectivity which we think is essential on a phone like this.

There's no word on pricing, but Samsung say that the S5230 should be available from April in several European countries including France.

 Samsung S5600 Samsung S5600 (Samsung Preston)

Closely related to the S5230 is the Samsung S5600. This adds 3G and HSDPA support, but not WiFi. Strangely, the S5600 also comes with a smaller 2.8" 240 x 320 pixel display.

The S5600 also comes with the TouchWiz interface and a 3 megapixel camera. In terms of capabilities, it is broadly the same as the S5230 - just with a slightly different specification overall.

Samsung say that the S5600 should be available from May in certain European countries, but there is no guidance on how much it will cost.

In our view, both these handsets are "me too" devices, aimed at people who want a touchscreen phone but have not been able to afford one until now. We think that the specifications are a bit limited for this type of phone, but in the end it all comes down to cost.. we would anticipate that these handsets will come in at less than €200 or £160, approximately the same price as the LG Cookie.

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Samsung S5230 at a glance

Available:

Q2 2009

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

Data:

GPRS + EDGE

Screen:

240 x 400 pixels, 262k colours

Camera:

3 megapixels

Size:

PDA-style device
104 x 53 x 12mm

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

microSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Not specifed

GPS:

No

Battery life:

Not specified

Samsung S5600 at a glance

Available:

Q2 2009

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSDPA

Screen:

240 x 320 pixels, 16m colours

Camera:

3 megapixels

Size:

PDA-style device
103 x 55 x 13mm

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

microSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Not specifed

GPS:

No

Battery life:

Not specified

 

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