Samsung @ CeBIT 2007 (Part 1 of 2)


Samsung Ultra Special Edition

Samsung Ultra Special Edition

Samsung also brought back the popular Ultra Special edition of phones to CeBIT with the F300 as the star product (since it was recently endorsed by Beyonce). Other models there included the F500, F510, the F520 and the highly anticipated F700.

 As part of its new premium additions to the original Ultra Edition phones, Samsung unveils its Ultra Special Edition of phones. One of these is the Ultra Edition F300, also known as Samsung’s Ultra Music Phone, which comes with a dual face LCD (LCDs on both sides). This model also got endorsed by singer/actress Beyonce Knowles. Part of the feature is the embedded hit single ‘Irreplaceable’. According to Samsung Singapore, the F300 will be available by mid-May.

 triband (900/1800/1900MHz) with support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE. It has a 2-megapixel camera with a 2.1” 176 x 220 main display and the flipside having a 1.4” 176 x 220 display (known as dual face). It also uses Samsung’s Sweeping User Interface, comes with a music library feature, multi-format music support (MP3/AAC/AAC+/e-AAC+/WMA), music download feature (WMDRM,MTP) and video support for MPEG-4 and H.263. The phone’s also A2DP-ready, has FM radio and supports Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0. It has a superior built-in memory of 100MB with microSD support. Measures 103.5 x 44 x 9.4mm.

 Look, it’s a phone, it’s a music player, it’s Samsung’s TV phone! First sighted at 3GSM in Spain, the Samsung F510 is an update over the F500 except that it has a DVB-H TV signal receiver. It sports the dual face LCD feature (with a 2.4” 262K color screen on one side), Sweep Touch UI, HSDPA and comes with a TV-out function. Definitely gives both the Samsung P910 and Nokia N92 a money-run – in DVB-H-supported countries at least. Other specifications include network support for HSDPA/EDGE and 900/1800/1900/2100MHz frequency bands. It sports a 2-megapixel camera, comes with a nifty Landscape View (self-standing swivel screen) and plays DivX on top of H.263, H.264,MPEG-4 and WMV formats. For music, it even plays AC3. In terms of video frame-rate, it supports QVGA at 30 fps (up to 544kbps) with a 410MB memory and microSD expansion. Measures 116.5 x 50.4 x 10.7mm.

 The Samsung Ultra Smart F520 is one DUAL sliding phone you might really like. It supports HSDPA and EDGE with frequency band support for 900/1800/1900/2100MHz. With a 3-megapixel camera (with flash) and a huge 3” 480 x 272 display, it has a full touch screen dual slider and video format support for MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and RealVideo. It also comes with Hot Launching Key (TV, Internet and Music). While it only supports Bluetooth and USB, it features a Flash user interface with a full HTML browser. Too bad memory is reliant only on microSD expansion. Measuring 104.8 x 53.7 x 17.4mm, the F520 is one Ultra Smart model that puts the smarts where it belong.

 The Dual Slider in action.

 The F520 when the QWERTY keypad is hidden from view.

 Samsung completes the Ultra Special series with the Ultra Smart F700, see here behind a glass case at CeBIT 2007. Supporting HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (wowzah!) and EDGE, it keeps company on the four frequencies namely 900/1800/1900 and 2100MHz. It has a spectacular 5-megapixel camera with Auto-Focus and a 2.78� 440 x 240 display (slightly smaller than the F520). The phone also supports full touch screen features, including video format support for MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and RealVideo. MP3-wise (and this goes for both the F520 and F700), it plays MP3s, AAC(+), eAAC+ and RealAudio. Like the F520, it has a QWERY keypad, supports Bluetooth and USB, and supports a Flash user interface and full HTML browsing. It is dimensionally smaller than the F520 of course, measuring 104 x 50 x 16.4mm. Unfortunately, it relies on the microSD format for memory storage.