MWC 2008: Samsung

The world’s second largest phone manufacturer Samsung made sure it doesn’t get left out of the spotlight at the World Mobile Congress. In Barcelona the South Korea-based company announced a hefty number of new handsets.
Samsung also took the chance to show a few unreleased devices to the public.

The most prominent announcement is undoubtedly the Samsung G810. The nice 2.6" display and 5 megapixel camera are just the icing of the cake. The phone also features xenon flash and 3x optical zooming capabilities.

The rich connectivity options of Samsung G810 include 3G with HSDPA support, EDGE, Bluetooth v2.0 (A2DP also included), USB v2.0 and even a 3.5mm audio jack. Add Wi-Fi and the GPS for navigation and geo-tagging and you get a very tempting gadget indeed.

The best part is that – unlike its predecessor, Samsung G800 – the G810 is a Symbian smartphone, running on the S60 user interface – much like Nokia N95.

The next best thing we found on Samsung’s stand is the full-touch UI-based Samsung F480. The 2.8" 262K color display of Samsung F480 is really one of great quality. The phone also features a 5 megapixel auto focus camera, 3G with HSDPA and tri-band GSM network coverage. All that functionality is packed in the very small dimensions of 95.9 x 55 x 11.5 mm.

Samsung F480 looks like the Armani

However, the best part about Samsung F480 is not functionality. Instead, the strength of this little baby lies in the great user interface, which is one of the best Samsung efforts so far.

Beside the eye-catching graphics, semi transparent overlays and the rich animations, Samsung F480 offers the so called desktop widgets. Those are info applications that reside on your desktop. They are fully configurable, and movable around the screen.

Samsung F480 is first to use the new Samsung full touch UI with widgets

The navigation solution used at the bottom of the screen is also very interesting and pleasant to work with. It is very responsive and we really liked it.

The final highlight of today’s presentation is a handset Samsung are in fact putting up front. It’s their latest Ultra series mobile – the largely advertised Samsung U900 Soul. This year Samsung are presenting only one Ultra device – they claim it’s the quintessential mobile device that doesn’t need to mix with any Ultra peers.

Samsung U900 Soul is the next Ultra device

The Samsung U900 Soul features a 5 megapixel camera and a rather rare navigation solution – the touch-sensitive pad. The pad itself is well implemented – it offers great reaction, haptic feedback and some nice animations.

The touch-sensitive display that serves as a navigational D-pad is excellent

Samsung U900 Soul is equipped with a 2.2" 16M color display with QVGA resolution, which as most of the latest Samsung displays is great in terms of picture quality. 3G with HSDPA is also available, along with a whole bunch of high-end features.

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