At the IFA 2008 consumer electronics show in Berlin, Samsung took its time to show off its 12 phones, some of which were first timers but some of them were already available. Some phones in the list were not even official before the show.
As we warned you before there are 12 handsets to checkout. The new ones that we haven’t heard of before are M200, B2700, P180, B210 AND M3510 Beat. The ones that were already official but showcased for the first time are the dual SIM Samsung D980, S7330, M150 and the B130. And lastly some showcased phones were already on the market which were the Samsung E215, B510 and B300.
First let’s focus on the newest members of Samsung mobile family with some images around the web.
Samsung M3510 Beat
First phone that we have seen for the first time is the Samsung M3510 Beat. As its name indicates it is a music centric handset in a bar shape. Here is the list of features.
-Dedicated music keys
-Bang&Olufsen ICEpower audio chip
-3.5mm audio jack
-quad-band GSM support
-2 megapixel camera
-2-inch QVGA display
-9.9mm thick body
-microSD memory card slot
-FM radio with RDS
-stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
However there is no information about the release date nor the price of the Samsung M3510 Beat.
Let’s look at the list of features of the Samsung B2700 that is also showcased before its official release. It has also interesting bar shaped body.
-dust and water splashes resistance
-tri-band GSM with UMTS support with video calls
-front-facing secondary camera
-2 megapixel fixed focus camera
-1.8-inch TFT display with a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels
Yet the price information and release date for the Samsung B2700 is still not available.
Samsung P180 is a clamshell handset with VGA camera and 14MB internal memory. It has also UMA-enabled which means it supports Wi-Fi that will allow you to make calls via Internet as well. However it seems that you won’t be able to use the feature for web browsing. Other than these it has tri-band with EDGE for faster data transfers, and its display is 64×64 pixels of resolution. Price and release date information for the Samsung P180 is still not available, but for the price we can tell that it will be a entry-level handset.
List of features of the bar shaped Samsung M200 are as follows:
-TFT display with a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels
-1.3 megapixel camera
-GPRS, EDGE support
-microSD card slot
-FM radio with RDS
As for the other nonofficial releases price and release date information for the Samsung M200 is not certain for now.
Samsung B210 is the last nonofficial handset that was showcased at IFA 2008. It is a lower-end candybar shaped mobile handset. It seems to be a low budget phone with dual band GSM and 65K display with resolution of 128×160 pixels. It also has a FM radio, but doesn’t have a built-in camera. Same thing is also true for the Samsung B210 as far as the price and release date information is considered.
Next set of handsets are already announced before but IFA 2008 is the place where they are made official to public. In this group we have the dual SIM Samsung D980, S7330, M150 and the B130.
The Samsung D980 looks like the Samsung F480 Tocco with its similar shape, full touchscreen display and TouchWiz, but the main difference and the best appealing feature of the phone is its dual SIM functionality which is not a common feature among Samsung or Nokia. Other features of the Samsung D980 include:
-5 megapixel camera
-2.6-inch QVGA display
-supports microSD cards with up to 2GB
It has a smaller display and 5mm thicker body when compared to F480, release date is third quarter of 2008 but price is not available. As for the dual-SIM functionality, unlike the older Samsung D880 version it will support tri-band for both of the SIM cards not for just one of them.
The Samsung S7330 is like a lower budget U900 because it looks a lot like it. It’s got a 2.2-inch 16M color TFT display and uses a touchpad for directional navigation throughout the interface. The S7330 slider has UMTS support with HSDPA and a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus. Other features include stereo Bluetooth, FM radio, microSD memory card slot. Still no more information is added about the price and release date of the Samsung S7330.
Another already announced device is the Samsung M150 which is a 12.7mm bar-shaped handset with 256K color 1.77″ display. Its resolution is 128 x 160 pixels. Since it is a low end handset it doesn’t even have a memory card slot but it has Bluetooth and VGA camera features. Release date and price information for the Samsung M150 is not available.
The Samsung B130 is another low end mobile handset by Samsung and it looks like B100 which is already on market. It has similar design but only 10g lighter. It has a small internal memory of 400KB and a smaller battery of 750mAh. There will be no Bluetooth or FM radio for data transfers, instead there will be different color options available like white, red and grey.
And now finally, we move to the group of handset that not only have been showcased at the IFA 2008, but they are also already available on the market.
First off it’s the Samsung E215, which is already available in some regions – it’s a low-end clamshell that uses the attractive design of the Samsung E215. It’s got quad-band GSM support and has a VGA camera.
The main display of the E215 is a 65K TFT one with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels. The external display is a lot smaller with a resolution of 64 x 64 pixels. The E215 also has a microSD memory card slot and a FM radio.
The Samsung B510 is an unassuming slider that comes in several colors. Otherwise it’s pretty much low end as most of the presented cellphones. It’s got a 1.77-inch CSTN display with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels.
The Samsung B510 doesn’t have a camera or a memory card slot and there are 4MB of internal memory. Still, Bluetooth and FM radio are available.
The Samsung B300 is a low-end clamshell without an external display. It’s already available in several colors and it has a 1.52-inch 65K color CSTN display with a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels. The B300 has only has 2MB of internal memory but a microSD memory card slot would allow to expand it. The FM radio and the MP3 music player complete the feature list.
Well, that’s about all teh handset presented by Samsung at the IFA 2008 expo in Berlin. We enjoyed this article as some of the handset are new to us too and we hope to see more of them in the close future.