updated 09:05 am EDT, Tue June 19, 2007
Samsung Beautiful Phones
Samsung today used the CommunicAsia expo in Singapore to launch three new phones designed as much for style as for their technical performance. The E840 (pictured, right) is the thinnest slider phone yet at 0.42 inches and comes with both a tempered, mirror glass facing as well as the choice of colors such as Topaz Gold or Noble Blue. In spite of its size, however, the slider includes a 2-megapixel camera, an external microSD slot to back its 70MB of internal memory, and MPEG-4 video capture as well as playback. AAC, MP3, and WMA (including protected WMA) audio is supported by an FM radio and Bang & Olufsen's IcePower audio enhancement technology. The E840 ships now in southeast Asia but may see its way to the US courtesy of quad-band GSM that helps with roaming American networks.
A second E-series phone, the E950, is expanding beyond its limited European launch. Upgrading the E900, the E950 includes a newer touch control system with context-sensitive icons as well as a sharper 3.2-megapixel camera and enhanced Internet software. Other features are very similar to the E840, Samsung says. The E950 should ship in southeast Asia for July but is less likely to reach North America through a more limited tri-band radio.
Rounding out announcements is the J600, a budget fashion slider with a wrap-around glazed shell and chrome trim; it features a more modest 1.3-megapixel camera and 20MB of internal memory and includes its share of exotic colors such as Purple Blue. The phone is one of the few to ship with 800MHz GSM support and should be available in southeast Asia starting today.