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Samsung U800 "Soul b" Preview (Soulb / SGH-U800)

 Samsung U800 Soul b Discontinued
29th May 2008

The Samsung U800 "Soul b", or as Samsung insist on spelling it, the Soulb is the third phone to bear the "Soul" brand after the original U900 and G400 clamshell. But unlike the previous "Soul" phones, the U800 Soul b is a much more conventional mainstream handset.

 Samsung U800 "Soulb" Two significant things missing in the Soul b are the 5 megapixel camera of the Soul U900 and G400, and the Soul U900's interesting touchpad. Unfortunately, they are two of the best features of the original Soul.. so what we are left with on the Soul b is a stylish brushed metal case and the Soul's attractive user interface.

On the back of the U800 Soul b is a 3 megapixel camera with a flash, but we don't know if it has autofocus. On the front is a fairly standard 2" 240 x 320 pixel display. Internal memory is an impressive 1GB, and this can be expanded using a microSD card. This is an HSDPA phone with maximum download speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps, and the U800 Soul also has a document viewer, an FM radio and of course a multimedia player and Bluetooth.

At just 89 grams in weight and only 9.9mm in thickness, you can forgive the Soul b for missing out some of the features of the other two Soul handsets. But we can't help but feel underwhelmed by the whole thing. Yes, it looks nice, yes the user interface is likely to be pretty good. But there isn't an awful lot to differentiate the Soul b from other offerings, notably the Nokia 6500 Classic.

It's not cheap either - the suggested retail price is €350 (around £280) SIM Free. Considering that you can get the 6500 for around €250 (£200) then we think that Samsung are asking too much for the SGH-U800. Most contract customers will get it for free though, so perhaps the pricing is not so important.

Samsung say that the U800 Soulb will be available from June 2008 onwards in Germany and certain other regions, possibly as a Vodafone exclusive. Black and silver variants have been announced, with the possibility of other colours at a later date.

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Samsung U800 Soul b (Soulb / SGH_U800) at a glance

Available:

Q2/3 2008

Network:

GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 + UMTS 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSDPA

Screen:

240 x 320 pixels

Camera:

3 megapixels (main)

Size:

Lightweight monoblock
111 x 46 x 10mm / 89 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

microSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

GPS:

No

Battery life:

Not specified

 

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