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Samsung Pops Its 5MP Camera Phone Cherry

Gordon Kelly


Samsung Pops 5MP Camera Phone Cherry

The events came thick and fast this week – some were showcases of existing kit, others had new products and yet more just wanted to get us drunk (an offer we decided would be rude to refuse). Amongst all the carnage however (there were nine events on Thursday alone) Samsung treated us to this gem...

The 'SGH-G600' is the latest high performance fashion phone from a company renowned for its 'World Firsts'. In this instance however Samsung's debut five megapixeler isn't the quickest off the mark with Sony Ericsson, Nokia and LG having already announced 5MP shooters ahead of it, but being first isn't everything...

With the G600 Sammy has come up with an extremely well rounded, high performance and stylish handset set that does away with the bulk of the Nokia N95, the tart of the LG Prada 2 and the generic look of the Sony Ericsson K850i. Instead what you get is a slim (102 x 47.8 x 14.9mm), light (105g), slider which drops the daft touch sensitive buttons that have afflicted recent models, a large 2.2in LCD, audio playback support for MP3, AAC/AAC+/e-AAC+, WMA and video support for Mpeg4, WMV, H.263 and AMR.

There's also an FM radio built-in, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR with A2DP, surprisingly powerful front mounted speakers, a TV Out, Pictbridge, impressive surfing in the shape of the NetFront Browser v3.4, good battery life (3.5 hours TT, 300 hours standby) and a completely redesigned multimedia interface to put it on par with the Sony Ericsson Walkman phones.

On the downside there's no 3G and the QVGA defacto phone resolution is still in place, but otherwise there isn't really much to dislike. Even better still the G600 is not some far flung future concept, it's here from next month and will target the mainstream coming either free or at a small premium on most midrange contracts.

Clearly Samsung has learnt it isn't always best to be first, rather its best to be best...


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