Like it did for displays, Samsung went world record crazy in its separated mobile phone display.
Most obscene amongst them was the SCH-B600, a 10 megapixel monolith with 3x optical zoom. I have absolutely no idea why anyone would want a 10 megapixel camera on their phone; firstly because a great many things are more important to image quality than megapixels when you get to these high numbers and it’ll eat flash memory at an absurd rate.
Still, that didn’t stop the company also showing off identical five, seven and eight megapixel models, oh no. Incidentally, the SPH-V8200 (eight MP) is fitted with a microSD slot, one of the least capacious formats on the market!
Korea will see all these models later in the year but there’s no plans to launch them outside the company’s home country. Probably just as well…
By contrast, in the category of sensible World firsts is the SGH-i310, a Windows Mobile 5.0 based smartphone with a industry leading 8GB of storage (via HDD not flash). Samsung was quick to promote the i310 as a music player but, given the OS, it is equally adept for any heavy data task you can think of.
A two megapixel camera is a nice add on and at 120g the phone feels surprisingly portable in hand. One thing that did bug me was how music jumps when you try doing other things with the handset but Samsung did stress to me it is still a prototype with a lot of wrinkles to be ironed out.
For those who like a little style in their mobiles but not at the sake of functionality, the SGH-D870 could be the model for you. At just 103.5 x 41 x 13mm this slider is incredibly portable yet comes equipped with a 3.13 megapixel digital camera with auto focus and flash and a beautiful 2.1in 262K 240 x 320 display.
There’s 80MB of built in memory and a microSD slot for expansion along with document viewer, TV output and Bluetooth. My hands on feel for the D870 was very good, my only complaint being you have to put your finger on the screen to slide it open, thus leaving oily marks (as you can see). Still, this is definitely a model to look out for in Q3.
The SGH-Z710 fits into this category too. Despite looking rather conventional, this wolf in sheep’s clothing is equipped with a hefty 3.2 megapixel camera also with auto focus and flash. The 320 x 240 262k screen is also rather snazzy and the integrated FM radio and 128MB of memory were a pleasant surprise. Further expansion is via a microSD slot.
Rounding off what was a truly gigantic booth were the SGH-P900 (above) and P910. Both boasted mobile TV capabilities with the former using the terrestrial DMB L-Band for reception and the latter employing DMB-H. Two megapixel cameras made it into each with the – now almost predictable – 320 x 240 262K screens and microSD slot. 3D sound capabilities are also included should you, for some reason, want to irritate the world by watching it without headphones.