The Sanyo S750 has been known about
for some time now, however all we've had until recently
are a couple of grainy photographs and some basic specifications,
but we now have a full set of details and some better
quality photos. The S750 is due to launch on Orange
3G in France and the UK by the end of 2004 (which doesn't
leave much time for them to get it into the shops).
Orange's 3G range at launch also consists of the
Sony Ericsson Z1010, Samsung Z107, Nokia 6630 and LG
8150. Apart from the Sanyo, these are either all generally
available 3G handsets, or close relatives to other ones,
making the Sanyo S750 the only truly exclusive 3G handset
in the Orange range.
We think that the
phone is a bit of a mixed bag
in design terms. The S750 is the only sliding 3G phone
we can think of in Europe, but the slablike design is
somewhat unappealing and reminds up of the first generation
of 3G mobiles. The external antenna looks somewhat old
fashioned too, and at 108 x 50 x 22mm and 122 grams it suffers
from being on the large and heavy side, in common with
other 3G phones.
Look past the cosmetic design though, and the Sanyo
S750 is actually a pretty good handset. The main camera
is a 1.3 megapixel unit with a flash, and there a second
VGA resolution camera for video calling. The screen
is a large 2.4 inch (6.1cm) TFT in 262,000 colours with
a 240x320 pixel resolution.
The S750's software includes an MP3 and multimedia
player, WAP 2.0 browser, email client, Java for games
and other applications and a set of Personal Information
Management functions. Internal memory is just 8Mb which
is pretty insignificant, but this can be easily expanded
using the SD card slot, but this does mean that you'll
have to budget for an SD card when you buy it. You can
connect the S750 to a PC or accessory with Bluetooth,
and it also comes with infra-red and USB capabilities.
Of course, this is a 3G phone, and it supports streaming
multimedia downloads and video calling.
Outside of a 3G area, the Sanyo S750 will roam using
tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900) and GPRS for data. Talktime
is around 3 hours with about 10 days standby, which
is pretty good for a smallish 3G handset.
It's a nice phone from a technical point of view,
and probably competes effectively with the Sharp 802.
However, the styling details of the Sanyo S750 let
it down in our view, and this is actually the least
attractive handset in Orange's 3G lineup. Give the S750
a makeover (and tuck the antenna away) and you'd have
a very nice phone indeed.