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Samsung U700
 

Samsung U700

28 June 2007
Written by Max Bondorovsky

This is the second release in Samsung’s Ultra Edition II line, and it bares a striking resemblance to the U600. The U700 is a slider measuring 102.5 x 50 x 12.1 mm and weighting 86g. The main difference between the two handsets is the 3G capabilities of the U700 giving it faster data transmission speeds and the ability to do video calling.

Being 3G the U700 uses HSDPA technology for data transfers giving it speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps. If 3G signal is not available it also has GPRS and EDGE, allowing the U700 to connect no matter where you are. As with the U600, this phone has quad-band network support allowing it to connect to 850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies.

As mentioned above, the U700 is capable of video calling; hence Samsung has included dual cameras to allow easy access to video calling. The front camera will mostly be used for video telephony and is only has VGA (640*480) resolution but its more than enough to have a good quality and smooth video call. It’s important to remember that if the front camera was of higher resolution it would require more data transfer and would cause delays and a jerky transmission. The main camera is completely different and of much higher specifications - 3.2 mega pixel with auto focus, flash, half shutter, video and 4x digital zoom capability. All this will be displayed on a 2.2” screen measuring 240*320 pixels and displaying 262,144 colours.

Unfortunately, the internal memory of this phone has been decreased to only 20MB (compared to the U600’s 60MB) however it has support for MicroSD cards of up to 2GB. That expandable memory will come in real handy if you plan to use this as your music player. The U700 is capable of playing MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA formats and once again Samsung has adopted Bang & Olufsen’s Ice Power technology. This technology results in the phone consuming less battery without sacrificing on the sound quality.

Connectivity on the U700 consists of USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 2.0. Based on official Samsung specifications, there is no mention of A2DP but considering the U600 had it, I would expect the U700 to have it as well. The advantage of having USB 2.0 is that it provides much faster data transfers compared to previous USB versions. What this means for all consumers, is that synchronisation will be quicker, especially if it involves large files.

The U700 takes advantage of Samsung Smart UI software, providing simplistic navigation and the ability to search your phone for files. Internet browsing is done through NetFront 3.4 browser with support for WAP 2.0 and xHTML. In addition to all the technologically impressive features, Samsung did not forget about any of the handy features such as speakerphone and document viewer. Samsung are yet to release detailed battery specification, all that is know is that it will be Lithium-Ion and hopefully it will last a while considering the 3G capabilities.

The U700 is a phone for the feature minded, combining all the latest designs and features with a fast 3G connection. The ability of data transfers reaching speeds of 3.6 Mbps and video calling will definitely appeal to some. In addition, it will hopefully expand the availability of the U700. This is one of the best looking 3G phones available and will appeal not only to the feature hungry but also the fashion conscious, a feat that’s rare to achieve.

FYI .:. Samsung U700
(ETA 3rd quarter of 2007)


Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz (tri-band)
3G: HSDPA
Form factor Slider
Size 102.5 x 50 x 12.1 mm
Weight 86 grams
Display 2.2", 262,144 colours TFT LCD @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh
Talk/usage time* TBA
Standby time* TBA
 
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0 with A2DP and USB 2.0
Camera support Primary: 3.2mpx, 4x digital zoom, flash, auto focus, half shutter and video
Secondary: Front facing VGA (640*480)
Data support EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications WAP 2.0/xHTML (NetFront 3.4 browser)
Memory
  Internal -
  External -
 
Yes, 20MB shared memory
Yes, MicroSD (up to 2GB)
Messaging capabilities SMS, MMS, instant messaging, and e-mail (with attachments)
Ringing tones Polyphonic and MP3/AAC ringing tones
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
 
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Samsung OS with Smart UI
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Handsfree speakerphone
Organiser

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed


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