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Samsung F500

Samsung F500

05 November 2007
Written by Mike Meers

The Samsung F500 is a unique touch-screen device with a strong focus on multimedia and mobile television. It is one of the first handsets to support the popular DivX video codec, widely used due to its amazing compression and quality. The handset also supports high-speed HSDPA networks, has a massive TFT LCD, whopping 350MB internal memory, 2mpx camera, and touch-screen user interface.

The top section of the F500 (with the display) has a small hinge on the left hand side, just above the navigational keys. There are two LCD’s on the F500 – one for phone usage and one for multimedia viewing. On one side is the multimedia LCD, with the bottom section of handset housing touch-sensitive multimedia-oriented buttons. The other side has numerical keys, a navigational key strip, and a smaller LCD. Confused yet? Check out the pictures to the left – they’ll help explain.

The larger LCD measures 2.4” (320 x 240 pixels) and supports 262,144 colours. The phone LCD is much smaller at just 1.5” (220 x 176 pixels), and only supports 65,536 colours.

One of the key features of the F500 is its multimedia playback support for DivX and XviD codecs. This feature alone will draw in quite a large market who will enjoy watching video clips/movies on their handheld device. Other video formats are supported, including MPEG4, H.263, and Windows Media Video (WMV). An MP3 player is pre-installed on the F500 to satisfy any audiophile’s needs, with support for MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, and WMA.

A multimedia handset is never a ‘real’ multimedia handset if it doesn’t have enough internal/external memory to store a heap of videos, images, and audio files. Thankfully, the F500 can go into the real basket – it has 350MB of internal memory to get you started, as well as microSD memory card support up to 2GB. A 1GB card is included in the sales package, bringing the out-of-box memory to a huge ~1350MB.

The 2mpx digital camera on the F500 is capable of capturing still images up to 1600 x 1200 pixels, and supports video capture.

Only Bluetooth 1.2 is supported by the F500, which is quite strange – version 2.0 is definitely the standard these days. None the less, Samsung have included the A2DP (stereo audio), AVRCP (remote control for audio/video devices), and the BPP (Basic Printing) profiles. TV-output at 640 x 480 pixels allow you to share your videos and images on the big screen. A TV-out cable is included in the sales package, along with a USB-data cable and PC software.

For remote connectivity, the Samsung F500 supports the latest in 3G networking – HSDPA. The HSDPA profile provides massive speed upgrades from other 3G protocols, however the F500 is capped at 1.8Mbp/s. This should be enough bandwidth for users who wish to view streaming video/audio and browse the Internet. HSDPA support is only available on the UMTS 2100MHz network. GSM 900, 1800, and 1900MHz 2G networks are supported with EGDE and GPRS data protocols.

FYI .:. Samsung F500
(ETA 4th quarter 2007)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
Form factor Unique dual-LCD rotating display
Size 116.5 x 50 x 10.7 mm
Weight 107.5 grams
Display Phone: 1.5", 65,536 colours TFT LCD @ 220 x 176 pixels
Multimedia: 2.4”, 262,144 colours TFT LCD @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 900mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 180 minutes*
Standby time* Up to 200 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth v1.2 and USB v2.0
Camera support 2mpx digital camera with video recording
Data support HSDPA (up to 1.8Mbp/s), GPRS, and EDGE
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Samsung browser
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 350MB
Yes, microSD (1GB supplied, up to 2GB)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail messaging with T9 predictive text support
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA
Synchronisation with PC Yes
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Sweeping UI
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Unique dual-LCD design with rotating display
Full support for DivX and XviD video codecs
Video player
Audio player
TV output (cable supplied)
Document viewers
Offline mode

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

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