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Samsung 3.7in HD Ready, Wireless N Android Smartphone Leaks

Gordon Kelly

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And so begins the inevitable Mobile World Congress leaks - still I guess that means less to write once I'm there!

Samsung is the first major company to help diminish our sense of excitement and wonder at this month's show in Barcelona by formally announcing the 'M100s' - a wonderfully specced Android smartphone which I would've felt rather more sated by had I made some effort to find it.

Instead we are spoonfed this 3.7in AMOLED 854 x 480 pixel handset with five megapixel camera, 720p capable video recording and one-upped 802.11n WiFi. An 800MHz CPU drives this beastie along and you'll also find the usual nicities in this bracket such as HSDPA, GPS, an accelerometer and digital compass.

Lastly are a T-DMB TV tuner (if this is to make it to Europe that'll need to change to DVB-H), DivX support, 3.5mm headphone jack and - just when this was looking ideal - a custom TouchWiz UI. Samsung, when will you learn, no-one likes TouchWiz no-one - so stop it and stop trying to make it part of bada (as if that OS weren't doomed enough).

Plans are for the Samsung M100s to launch in March with a global roll-out to follow - and as such, the swarm of Nexus One imitators begin...

Link:

via Electronista

video courtesy of enuricom

Helmore

February 5, 2010, 1:21 pm

I at least didn't see any silly cubes in that video.

Hamish Campbell

February 5, 2010, 1:51 pm

haha, that's pretty surreal when the old style radio aerial gets telescoped out to watch tele, looks bizarre on a new smartphone.

notbenjamin

February 5, 2010, 3:39 pm

Random question - can you turn these custom interfaces off on andriod or are you pretty much stuck with what you get?

Malderon

February 5, 2010, 4:04 pm

Not a bad idea though. I'd be interested depending on UI etc. Im looking at one of these premium large screen Android devices for my next one. So more competition = good.

Helmore

February 5, 2010, 5:08 pm

@notbenjamin - That depends on the custom interface itself. In the worst case scenario you'll have to get root access on your phone, in the best case scenario the phone manufacturer will provide the option to turn it off. It's not something that's standardized on Android AFAIK.

rav

February 5, 2010, 5:32 pm

From the video it looked like vanilla Android to me.





About turning off the interfaces. I guess it depends how deep it is. With Sense you can get back to the normal Android 3 screen homescreen by killing the TouchFlo process. But sense is way more than just the homescreen and I have no idea how you'd turn off the rest of it. Guess you'd need to install the standard android apps which have been enhanced like contacts, phone, calendar.....

notbenjamin

February 5, 2010, 5:33 pm

@Helmore


Thanks very much for the info!

Ben

February 5, 2010, 5:51 pm

I'm sure this looks nice on paper but in reality it doesn't look like Samsung have any intention of keeping released handsets up to date with the latest software, which is surely the whole point of an OS like Android. Original iPhone owners would be peeved if they were still stuck on OS 1.

Rickysio

February 5, 2010, 6:52 pm

This is doomed for the same fate of the LiMo OS Samsung created...





Which is obscurity and doom.

Runadumb

February 5, 2010, 7:10 pm

Well not regretting my nexus one buy yet haha. Touch Wiz sucks, which is a shame as Samsung make some great hardware. MWC is going to be hard watching for me, I just couldn't wait a second longer to get a new phone

tonywin

February 8, 2010, 9:34 pm

I am stunned at the stance of the writer here...... WHY remove T-DMB - the European STANDARD Mobile TV product that is increasing use around Europe and the world - to replace it with a propriatory system that one (DVB-H) that is struggling to achieve eventrial status?

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