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Samsung A821 Widescreen
 

Samsung A821 Widescreen

05 November 2007
Written by Mike Meers

Samsung have announced their latest mobile for the Next-G network, dubbed the ‘Widescreen’. Designed for serious work and play, the handset comes with a QWERTY keyboard, top of the range LCD display, HSDPA connectivity, 2mpx digital camera, microSD memory card support, and mobile TV support with dual speakers for high quality audio.

The Widescreen looks like a regular clamshell handset, but has an additional hinge to open up somewhat similar to a laptop – providing a landscape-oriented display, perfect for viewing widescreen mobile TV! When the handset is opened as a clamshell would, the unique keypad acts as a normal numerical keypad. Open the handset up sideways and the keyboard goes into QWERTY mode for easy text input.

The internal display is a massive 2.3” QVGA 320 x 240 pixel TFT LCD, capable of displaying up to 262,144 colours – perfect for mobile TV viewing. On the outside is a 1.07” 65,536 colour STN display at 96 x 96 pixels. The Widescreen measures 102.5 x 53 x 17.5mm and weighs 115 grams, with the battery.

Telstra have teamed up with Samsung to offer the Widescreen on their HSDPA-enabled Next-G network. The network was recently upgraded to support faster speeds, and the Widescreen itself supports speeds of up to 7.2Mbp/s. Telstra’s ties with Foxtel allow you to view up to 33 different channels in high quality, direct to your handset. The Widescreen also supports the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) functionality of the network, as well as interaction with Foxtel iQ set-top boxes.

On top of the UMTS 850MHz 3G support, the Widescreen is also compatible with 900, 1800, and 1900MHz 2G networks. GPRS and EDGE are supported on 2G networks for data connectivity. Video telephony is supported when on the 3G network.

Samsung provide users with 25MB of internal shared memory on the Widescreen, and support for microSD memory cards. The Samsung website suggests that there will not be a memory card in the sales package, which is unfortunate as most users will use up the 25MB pretty quickly.

The Widescreen has dual stereo speakers for unsurpassed audio quality. An audio player supporting MP3, AAC, and AAC+ file formats is pre-loaded on the handset, as well as Telstra’s BigPond music player where you can purchase music files for your phone and your computer. A 2mpx digital camera with support for video recording is also included.

USB and Bluetooth connectivity options are included, with a USB data-cable included in the sales package. All the software necessary for a Windows computer is also included. The Bluetooth 2.0 radio includes support for the latest profiles, including A2DP (stereo audio), AVRCP (remote control of audio/video devices), and BPP (Basic Printing Profile).

The 1000mAh lithium-ion battery pack will provide up to 180 minutes of talk time on 3G networks, up to 210 minutes on 2G networks, and up to 250 hours standby time.

The Samsung Widescreen will be available on Telstra Next-G shortly.

FYI .:. Samsung A821 Widescreen
(ETA 4th quarter 2007)


Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
3G: UMTS HSDPA 850MHz
Form factor Dual-hinge clamshell
Size 102.5 x 53 x 17.5 mm
Weight 110 grams
Display External: 1.07", 65,536 colours STN LCD @ 96 x 96 pixels
Internal: 2.3”, 262,144 colours TFT LCD @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 1000mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 210 minutes*
3G: Up to 180 minutes*
Standby time* 2G & 3G: Up to 250 hours*
 
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth v2.0 and USB v2.0
Camera support 2mpx digital camera with video recording
Data support HSDPA (up to 7.2Mbp/s), GPRS, and EDGE
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Samsung browser
Memory
  Internal -
  External -
 
Yes, 25MB
Yes, microSD (not supplied)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail messaging with T9 predictive text support
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, AAC, AAC
Synchronisation with PC Yes
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
 
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Black UI
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Mobile TV support with Foxtel over Next-G
uTrack
Dual stereo speakers
Multifunction QWERTY/numerical keyboard

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


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