Samsung challenges BlackBerry with a slide-phone
The requirements to challenge the BlackBerry range are there. And, seen by an inattentive eye, Samsung’s new SGH-i620 could be mistaken for a model from the Canadian manufacturer, or a Palm. But only when it is open and visible from the front, i.e. when the keyboard is visible.
The new Samsung is in fact a Triband GSM / GPRS / EDGE slide-phone which, when closed, hides an extended QWERTY keyboard. Extended not in size, but only in number of keys, since pressing them is not easy for those with camallo’s hands. The device measures 113x59x11.8 mm and weighs 95 grams. Excellent size to fit in a businessman’s jacket pocket.
Its equipment includes a QVGA display from 320 × 240 pixels to 65 thousand colors, two cameras (the rear with 2 Megapixel resolution, the front VGA, more suitable for video calls), UMTS / HDSPA support, WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, player multimedia. All governed by Windows Mobile 6, which integrates compatibility with applications from the MS Office world.
Prices and launch period have not yet been disclosed. But the advances are enough to make the most impatient technophiles mouth water.