updated 04:05 pm EDT, Mon July 30, 2007
Samsung i550 Leak
Samsung is ready to make one of the largest breaks from its historical phone designs, according to a new product leak. The i550 would not only ship in a brushed metal with thin buttons similar to Sony-Ericsson's W880 but would also be the first Samsung phone in the world to come equipped with a GPS receiver. Controls would also veer sharply from Samsung's past with a BlackBerry-style trackball and shortcut keys for the map tool as well as music. Phone users would also have true 3G access to the Internet with a 3.6Mbps HSDPA connection, and could place video calls over the network with a front camera, the source claims.
Other media additions should include a 3.2-megapixel camera at the back, a native 3.5mm headphone jack, and an FM radio to reinforce the microSD slot. 128MB of RAM and the use of Nokia's Symbian 60 OS are also reportedly certain. Few other details have been provided beyond the photo and initial specifications, which may point to a release months ahead; availability is also uncertain, though the front camera suggests at least a European release. [via GSMArena]