We’ve previewed a couple of these svelt handsets before, but now Samsung is officially rolling them out under a new premium brand.
The new classification sees the models named after their bulimic thicknesses so consequently they are now known as the Ultra Edition 9.9 (D830), Ultra Edition 12.9 (D900) and Ultra Edition 6.9 (X820). Personally I don’t see these revised tags as a great improvement over what was already there but let’s have a reminder of what makes them so sassy.
The UE 12.9 is my favourite of the bunch, this slider has dimensions of just 103.5 x 41 x 12.9mm yet crams in a 3.13 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash and a stunning 2.1in 262K 240 x 320 display. It comes with 80MB of onboard memory, a microSD expansion slot, office document viewer software, TV output, Bluetooth and multimedia player. It strikes me as the natural successor to the D600 and it makes me go giddy inside.
For those that want to wear spandex (and I have nothing against Spode for wanting to do so on a daily basis) without VPL (visible phone lines), the UE 6.9 is the handset for you. Being just 113 x 50 x 6.9mm makes it the world’s skinniest mobile and second skinniest software run object after Victoria Beckham.
Unlike the professional footballer’s wife formerly known as Posh Spice the UE 6.9 isn’t as sparse on the inside as it is on the outside packing identical features to the UE 12.9 other than a reduced two megapixel digital camera.
As for the UE 9.9 this is the first time I’ve clapped eyes on it so let’s run through it together. 103 x 54 x 9.9mm, clamshell format, two megapixel camera, 85g, large 2.3in 240 x 320 display, again there’s 80MB of onboard memory and a microSD slot, Bluetooth, TV output, document viewer and multimedia player. All very tidy.
Naturally enough Samsung chose to titillate us rather than sate our torrid desires by flaunting these supermodels in front of us but giving away neither release dates nor pricing. Of course the Korean giant doesn’t realise that such teasing leaves it open to my brutal linguistic wrath… Did you… BUTTHEAD?