updated 01:25 pm EDT, Tue May 15, 2007
Samsung F200 at FCC
Several Samsung phones are likely to reach the US, according to FCC filings. The Ultra F200 has recently been approved by the US agency and should bring the swiveling handset to those who may prefer it to the dual-sided UpStage (F300). No changes have been listed for the device, though it's now known to be a GSM device that would most likely arrive on AT&T or T-Mobile rather than Sprint. Bluetooth is present and may be accompanied by a camera given diagrams. No release date accompanies the FCC update, though a release is expected within the next few months that may include the US.
Further part of the FCC disclosures is the F310 Serenata, a direct sequel to the Bang & Olufsen Serene luxury phone. Little has surfaced, though the device will include WCDMA support that signals 3G wireless either through a Europe-only UMTS or worldwide HSDPA connection. Bluetooth is also known to be part of the design.
Two more conventional designs are also in the works for the US, Samsung reveals. The T729 is expected to replace the T719 at T-Mobile and may have the same BlackBerry network compatibility as its predecessor. It would preclude roaming with only a dual-band radio but would have EDGE as well as Bluetooth and a camera. Budget owners could also look for the C510L with an FM radio and a VGA camera as its main features.
A final phone, the E590, is also present at the FCC but isn't expected to launch in the US given the lack of US network support. It claims strong features, however, including a 3-megapixel camera, an FM radio to back its microSD slot, and stereo Bluetooth. [via Unwired View]