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Samsung i8910 HD Launches With Orange

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Samsung i8910 HD Launches With Orange

While everyone has become hugely excited about Samsung's I7500 Android phone there's another even more impressive one hurtling towards us and it launches today...

The Samsung 'i8910 HD' - which wisely decided to drop the Omnia association just last month - has now gone on sale through Orange and it carries easily the most powerful feature set of any handset to date.

Top of the list is a 3.7in 16:9 AMOLED 360 x 640 capacitive touchscreen which should shock and awe even without multi-touch. This is backed up by an eight megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, Face Detection, Smile Shot, Blink Shot and Panorama Shot plus High Definition 720p video recording at 24fps. We're just getting started however as there's HSUPA, WiFi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, 8GB of native flash memory along with a 32GB compatible microSD card slot, an FM tuner, digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor.

We're still going... DivX/Xvid, H.264, WMV, Mpeg4 and Real Video playback, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC_, WMA and Real Audio playback, dual stereo speakers with DNSe 2.0 and a Symbian S60 5.0 backbone with Document Viewer, E-Dictionary, Biz Card Recognition, Podcasting, 3D Games, app downloads, Push Email (MS Exchange) and Smart Search. Finally there's a humongous 1500 mAh battery and tidy dimensions of 123 x 58 x 12.9mm though given the size of the display it is a smidgen heavier than its rivals at 144g.

Orange price plans can subsidise the i8910 HD down to just £97.50 on a high end two year contract, though more typical packages (18 months, £30+ per month) lead to a handset cost of circa £200 which means it is in iPhone territory and above.

The cautious amongst you may still want to wait and try the 6 June announced Palm Pre or see what Apple has up its sleeve but the i8910 HD could well cause them some sleepless nights...

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Luan Bach

May 20, 2009, 6:06 pm

I've been developing on the prototype for this for a while. It's a nice phone, felt nice in the hand despite being slightly bigger than most phones.

GoldenGuy

May 20, 2009, 6:14 pm

What's HS - 'U' - PA? How's that different from regular HSDPA?

Gordon394

May 20, 2009, 6:27 pm

@GoldenGuy - do we really need to ask such questions on the Internet? ;)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...


It means extremely fast upload speeds as well as fast downloads - ideal for uploading videos to YouTube/photos to Flickr, etc.

J4cK1505

May 20, 2009, 7:06 pm

This really looks like a great phone, the camera holds a huge advantage over the iPhone but for me the lack of multi touch is a deal breaker. More over I much prefer the iPhones UI to anything else I've seen so far. The i8910 HD looks to be a very good contender in the iPhone territory, but would anyone else rather see what apple has up is sleeve in June/July before making a decision?

GoldenGuy

May 20, 2009, 7:33 pm

@Gordon - actually yeah given that I've got 12 damn tabs open, yeah I'd rather check back on this every once in a while (because I know you folks are so damn concise and dependable - blushes).

Gordon394

May 20, 2009, 7:39 pm

@GoldenGuy - less than 21 tabs at any point in time is lightweight IMHO ;)


@J4cK1505 - agreed, it will be a huge issue for many. I'm hoping once the legal issues surrounding multi-touch get sorted out that manufacturers will start sending out firmware updates to enable it since many handsets are theoretically compatible.

GoldenGuy

May 20, 2009, 7:48 pm

LOL. Yeah, yeah, yeah we get it Kelly. No point trying to argue with someone who has a 50meg line with which to download Windows 7 in about 5 minutes!

Gordon394

May 20, 2009, 9:47 pm

@GoldenGuy - that's the spirit ;)

rav

May 20, 2009, 11:36 pm

Looks nice but isn't the price ridiculous? If I was crazy enough to get a 2 year contract I'd want the phone free. Even with 18 months I resent paying anything for the handset. It's one thing for Apple to get away with it but now everyone else's trying it.

Ash

May 20, 2009, 11:59 pm

You should check out the video play back on this phone, its the best so far.

Hugo

May 21, 2009, 3:19 am

Shame that even if this phone kicked my iPhone's posterior, nothing Orange can do will persuade me to stick with them after my current contract expires.

rav

May 21, 2009, 4:55 am

@Hugo


Same here. Mine's just expired and I can't wait to move. Waiting to pick between iPhone v3, Android and the Pre.

stranded

May 21, 2009, 7:30 am

Wow!! Always lllove products that raise the bar!!

Cory

May 21, 2009, 9:57 pm

Ah,tis a VERY nice phone, just picked mine up on a 40 a month 2 yr contract- for free! Barely done anything with it and i already love it!

Gordon394

May 21, 2009, 10:06 pm

@Cory - that's a dangerous time to make assessments ;) Fingers crossed it still holds up after a week or two. It's an exciting handset.

trp

June 11, 2009, 4:58 am

@Gordon / TR Staffers - any chance of a full review of this any time soon? Thanks!

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