The Samsung Ultra line II is the highlight of this event. It features four new mobiles - the Samsung U600, Samsung U700, as well as the Samsung U100 and the Samsung U300.
As the 3GSM world congress takes off, new models get announced virtually by the hour. Samsung have prepared a handful of interesting handsets and we will start with the new Ultra II lineup. It features two sliders, a clamshell and a bar-shaped handset. According to Samsung all of those feature Optimized Power Usage Solution (OPUS) technology which should aid in extending the battery life by a 10% margin. All of the handset will also feature enhanced music playback capabilities thanks to the digital power amp which is developed by Bang and Olufsen.
The highlight of the new Ultra series is definitely the Samsung U600 dubbed Ultra Edition 10.9. It's a stylish slider with a 3.2 megapixel camera, 2.2" 262K colors TFT display with a QVGA resolution, and a microSD memory card slot. The Samsung U600 will have quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support.
The Samsung U700 designated as Ultra Edition 12.1 is again a slim clamshell but this time it's a HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE enabled handset with video telephony striving to provide the latest in high speed data transfers. It's equipped with a 3 megapixel camera with auto focus, and again a 2.2" 262K colors TFT display with a QVGA resolution, and a microSD memory card slot.
The Samsung U300 dubbed as Ultra Edition 9.6 is an all-metal body clamshell featuring a 3 megapixel camera, a large primary 2.2" 262K colors TFT display with a QVGA resolution and a lot smaller gray OLED external display with a resolution of 96 x 16 pixels. The Samsung U300 is also equipped with a TV-out port and the proprietary Samsung office documents reader. It has tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE network support.
The Samsung U100 (Ultra Edition 5.9) is advertised by Samsung as the slimmest phone in the world, measuring only 5.9 mm in thickness. Just for comparison the previous champion - the Samsung X820 had a thickness of 6.9 mm. The Samsung U100 has an identical equipment to that of the Samsung U300 with the exception of a smaller 1.9" 262K TFT display with a resolution of 220x176 pixels.
Samsung has also two additions to the so-called Ultra Special lineup - besides the already announced F500, F300 and the F700 touchscreen smartphone, Samsung unveiled the Samsung F510 and Samsung F520.
The Samsung F520 is a touchscreen smartphone much like the F700. Its Flash interface is optimized for touch-navigation and there is no need for stylus. The 3" touchscreen display hides the sliding keyboard which is unique with its dual function. Sliding it to the side reveals a QWERTY keyboard. Slide it to the left and you have a regular MultiTap alphanumeric keypad. It also boasts a 3 megapixel camera, tri-band GSM/EDGE/UMTS support plus HSDPA. The F520 will be commercially available in Q3 of 2007.
The Samsung F510 is an update to the already announced in December Samsung F500 Ultra Video. The new version will feature DVB-H support for enjoying mobile TV on the go. Otherwise, the specs will remain the same as the ones of F500. Interestingly enough, the Samsung F510 would get released to the market sooner than the original F500. The Samsung F510 is expected in Q1 of 2007, while the F500 would hit the shelves in Q2 of 2007.
The Samsung E590 is a regular bar-shape phone but comes with a 3 megapixel camera with auto focus. It has a 1.8" 262K colors TFT display with the unusual resolution of 220x220 pixels, tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support and a FM radio.
The Samsung E740 is a stylish clamshell with a 2 megapixel camera, a 2" 262K colors TFT display, a 2 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, a FM radio and a microSD memory card slot. The integrated player can be controlled by the dedicated external music keys.
The Samsung E830 is again a clamshell with the same hardware features as the Samsung E740.
The Samsung E840 is a quad-band GSM/GPR/EDGE handset with a 2 megapixel camera. It has the proprietary Samsung document viewer which allows you to open office documents on the really large 2.2" 262 colors TFT display with a QVGA resolution.
The Samsung i520 is a HSDPA-enabled business smartphone which also has GPRS/EDGE/UMTS support. The i520 also boasts a 2 megapixel camera, a large 2.3" 262K colors TFT display with a QVGA resolution. The smartphone is powered by the Symbian OS 9.2 with the 3rd edition S60 user interface and is controlled by touch sensitive keys. It also sports stereo Bluetooth support and microSD memory card slot.
The Samsung P110 is a clamshell with a rather interesting design. It sports a VGA camera and a 2.1" 65K colors TFT display with a resolution of 176x220 pixels plus a full QWERTY keyboard. The Samsung P110 doesn't have a memory card slot but features stereo Bluetooth and has 25MB of memory.