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Samsung targets iPhone with Ultra Smart F700

updated 09:00 am EST, Thu February 8, 2007

Samsung Ultra Smart F700

Samsung on Thursday unveiled what it says is one of the world's most advanced smartphones. Closely resembling the minimalist design of the iPhone, the Ultra Smart F700 is conspicuously targeted at "the recent trend" in touchscreens, according to the Korean company. A 2.8-inch, 440x240 screen is used to control calling, Internet, and music functions. It further includes VibeTonz, a vibration system introduced in the recent W559 that simulates tactile feedback to touchscreen presses. A further resemblance to its American counterpart is a singular navigation button. In contrast to Apple's device, however, the F700 also contains a slide-out physical keyboard for messaging and heavy-duty browsing.

More details and photos after the jump.

Other technical aspects are also superior based on the company's specifications. A 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus bests the iPhone's 2-megapixel unit. The new Ultra is also touted as one of the fastest Internet-capable phones anywhere: support is not only provided for HSDPA, but also for the new, 7.2Mbps download rates of the 3G wireless standard. The speed combined with the large screen lets it receive a 4MB MP3 in 4.4 seconds and makes full HTML browsing easy, the company says. Media playback is also provided for multiple AAC audio formats, Real, and variants of MPEG-4 including H.264.

The phone will make its public debut next week at 3GSM and should be available internationally later this year. A US release is currently unlikely, however, as the phone uses only a tri-band GSM radio -- effectively shutting it out from most if not all North American carriers. The Ultra Smart joins the company's previously announced Ultra Music and Ultra Video models.







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  1. 319please

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    Yawn...

    Can't buy it in the US = does not exist.

  1. doctor9

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    And it's how much?

    Notice no price was given; perhaps next week at the 3GSM. Like to see if it sells for under $500 (highly doubtful).

    Completely agree w/ 319please. No US, no buy. Sorry, it's where I live Samsung.

  1. chadpengar

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    doesn't make sense

    Saying it is a tri-band GSM means it won't be available in the US makes no sense. It just means Cingular/AT&T won't be interested. T-Mobile has no problems with Tri-Bands and typically, until recently, that was what T-Mobile generally sold, unless it was a US only phone single band.. Typical triband have 900mhz/1800mhz/1900mhz. T-Mobile and half of Cingular is on 1900mhz. Cingular also overlaid its GSM on its 850mhz Analog bands as well, which is where Quadband comes in and wht Cingular/AT&T won't be interested, at least in this rev. 900/1800 are the non US GSM bands.

    This phone looks interesting. If it is not picked up by T-Mobile then Gray Market ones will certainly be available in the US. Just stick your SIM card in and you are good to go. I would like to see if it supports 3rd party apps / java apps etc. I have need of one with "ssh" etc capability. I wonder what OS this one runs. Would be nice if they ran Symbian but probably not. The Samsung website does not say which OS that I can tell, but it does list java.

  1. webraider

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    It has a Keypad????

    How Quaint!!!!!! This is competition??? They just don't understand Simplicity do they?

  1. Skanoza

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    HAHAHA ..

    Those are really "shortcuts"? All the icons look the same to me at quick glance! This Interface only makes the iPhone leap further ahead. Well, nice try from Samsung in bettering their own products. What i don't understand is, why were they designing total rubbish phones all these years? And why are they still doing so, given that they have the iPhone to directly learn and copy from?

  1. gitcypher

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    re: keypad

    PUUULLLEASE! The iPhone's touch screen kaypad is not that hot at all. I have a dell axim and was quite annoyed when half of my screen gets taken up by a damn keypad when I'm viewing anything. I've seen and used the iphone, and that damn keypad that comes up for any text entry is annoying as h***.

    I understand what Apple was trying to do, and to some extent commend them on it, but please do not speak as if no on in the world would rather have a separate keypad so the rest of the screen could be used for something more pratical. Say... viewing more of a web page, or looking at more history of your texting conversation. ONCE again, Apple has used form over function and people are too blind to see. I wold take a dedicated keypad any day.

  1. jhorvatic

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    Your wrong about the touc

    Your wrong about the touch pad. Apple's touch pad is the best in the industry as it actually works well. The keypad doesn't come up all the time when I've used it. You can call it up if you want to type something. But it doesn't automatically come up. Having the touch pad means less bulk. And the Dull's Axim is in a very LOWER League compared to the iPhone. Doesn't even come close along with this Samsung too.

  1. Buran

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    No, no good in USA

    "Saying it is a tri-band GSM means it won't be available in the US makes no sense. It just means Cingular/AT&T won't be interested."

    It probably also means that the 3G high-speed features won't work in the US as the shortsighted-as-usual US put the 3G service on a totally different frequency than what's used in Europe, so it'd be stuck with 2G.

    No thanks. I was very interested until I saw that yet again the interesting iPhone alternatives aren't being offered as true world phones.

  1. Guest

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    USA issue

    May be they don't want to sell in the US, because the people there think they know everything better than anyone else.
    oops :)

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