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8MP Samsung Entertainment Phone Gets Official

Gordon Kelly


8MP Samsung Powerhouse Handset Gets Official

It may have looked too good to be true, but - praise be - it wasn't...

Leaked last week the Samsung 'i8510' is the most powerful multimedia handset to date. Just get a load of this:

The S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 based handset will come with no less than an eight megapixel camera equipped with autofocus and dual LED flash, smile shot, blink shot & face recognition. Throw on top of that 7.2Mbit HSDPA and 120 frames per second video recording in QVGA. A-GPS makes an appearance too along with WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and an FM tuner.

Throwing down the gauntlet to Apple, the i8510 will also have an accelerometer, be available in 8GB or 16GB editions and have a microSD expansion slot, plus flush 3.5mm headphone jack (that's apparently a feature these days) and multimedia player capable of DivX, WMV, Real Player and Mpeg4 video playback. External speakers also have DNSe 2.0 support and fire out 3D surround sound.

Does the battery take a hit? Not with a quoted talk time of up to 510 minutes or 310 hours on standby (no doubt with WiFi & Bluetooth off). Finally with dimensions of 106.5 x 53.9 x 16.9mm it may not be the slimmest phone in the world, but it certainly isn't the fattest.

So does the i850 fall down in anyway? That depends on your perspective since a touchscreen is off the menu and all control is conducted via the physical slide out keypad. I'd care, but many of you won't. As ever Samsung also has a battle to get the UI as intuitive as possible.

Most surprising of all however is Samsung plans on getting stock of the i850 into our shop shelves by August. Specific telco details and subsidised pricing info is currently unknown, but if the iPhone 3G doesn't tickle you then this certainly should...

Update: Oh dear me, it's going to be called the 'INNOV8' - so there's another downside for you...

Update 2: Good news fellow haters of low brow text-speak product naming: the i8510 will be just that in the UK, no 'Innov8' branding here. Yep, I'm feeling a sweet sense of relief too.


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The Pope

July 24, 2008, 6:36 pm

If only it supported dual-sim... :)

In any case, I'll be taking a serious look at this handset when launches - it seems to do pretty much every (and more!)


July 24, 2008, 6:46 pm

looks like a direct competitor to the Nokia N96 to me!

Wins out on Camera resolution, HSDPA ability and battery life...


July 24, 2008, 6:49 pm

Do want!


July 24, 2008, 7:12 pm

that does look good, and tbh i'm not to bothered that theres no touch, i like being able to send a text without looking at what i'm doing

The Pope

July 24, 2008, 8:12 pm

I just found that the screen is QVGA, which means 320 x 240 pixels - no 640?? booo :(


July 24, 2008, 8:34 pm

Looks very similar to Nokia N95-8GB/N96. How does it compare to it?


July 24, 2008, 10:58 pm

Hmm, looks ok.. However i would probablu go for the SE C905 that will be coming out soon. Similar feature set and my past 2 mobiles have been SE and never failed or dissapointed me.


July 24, 2008, 11:55 pm

they should have called the handset "George"... anything would have been better than "INNOV8"

The Pope

July 25, 2008, 2:08 am

Personally, I'm OK with "INNOV8"


July 25, 2008, 5:19 am

I've never been cool in the past - I'm not cool now - and I have absolutely no intention of being cool in the future - so I am just fine and dandy with it being called 'INNOV8' and looking like a big black brick.

And 16 gig PLUS an SD slot? It's the N95 8GB, I always wanted. Sign me up baby.

Dean Apiagyei-Williams

July 25, 2008, 3:28 pm

Nokia better pull their thumb out and get the N96 in stores quick, otherwise the INNOV8 will murder it; better HSDPA, better camera, bigger battery... Right now the only tick in the N96 box is DVB-H (which no-one can use!)

Right now, the N96 will be available on 3 in September as far as I know, and they are the only confirmed carrier, so Samsung could steal a march here!


July 25, 2008, 7:22 pm

what I want to see is media phones like this capable of handling larger size encoded DivX files (eg DVD resolution) being able to be played natively rather than having to re-encode them first.

Having a large video codec support is all well and good (and a reason I'm interested in this phone...) but it's pointless if you have to re-encode as you might as well just re-encode into one format! Choice of codec is a bit superfluous!


July 27, 2008, 9:36 pm

I'm really liking the way Samsung are going here. They bring out the Omnia to kill the iPhone and now this to kill the N96. Both are good handsets by all accounts as well.

My only question is, how comes the omnia has most of the same functionality but is slimmer and sexier? The N95/96 are great phones, but they are at the upper end of chunky. Please Mr Samsung, make this phone slimmer and I will be your friend for life.

Having said that, it is still a very nice phone although before I get my wallet out I'll need to see their interpretation of a "slide out keyboard" and would like to have a play with the UI.

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