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Samsung A501 - Future phone

Samsung A501

Samsung A501

20 October 2006
Written by Mike Meers

And here it is – the first handset in our Next G™ compatible batch-update. When the Next G™ network went live two week ago, 5 handsets were available, two of which are Samsung handsets. The A501 comes with dual-LCD’s, 1.3mpx digital camera, Bluetooth and USB (v1.1) connectivity, 40MB shared internal memory all in a small and lightweight package.

The 1.3mpx digital camera on the A501 can capture still images (1280 x 1024 pixels maximum) and video clips (176 x 144 pixels maximum) onto the shared internal memory. Clips up to 60 minutes can be recorded, but this depends on the memory available. The handset has a dedicated LED to be used as a flash for the camera, and has 2x digital zoom. Four resolutions are offered for still images, 1280 x 1024, 640 x 480, 320 x 240, and 176 x 144 pixels. Photo effects and two modes are included for further customization of your images. The camera is located in the hinge of the handset, and can just be rotated around. This removes the need for another camera for video-calling, as the camera can just be rotated to face the user.

The A501 has an integrated music player, supporting MP3, AAC, and AAC+ file formats. There is also a Telstra Music Player, which is most probably linked to some sort of online music store where you can download tracks direct to the handset.

The mini-LCD on the front of the handset has a 96 x 96 pixel resolution and is monochrome (aka black and white). The main LCD is the old ‘standard’ of 176 x 220 pixels and 262,144 colours. It measures 1.9” inches and will be good for viewing streaming video that the Next G™ network is providing.

As for keeping in contact with friends and family goes, the A501 has SMS/EMS, MMS, e-mail, and supports video calling on top of the usual audio calls. T9 predictive text is available for all messaging formats, and with the speed of the Next G™ network you can bet that sending MMS’s and downloading e-mail messages is going to be super-fast. The e-mail client only supports IMAP4 and POP3 accounts, not SMTP which is quite odd. MMS messages can contain video, audio, images, and text.

Battery life for the Samsung A501 is 4/3.5 hours talk time (2G/3G), and 320 hours for both 3G and 2G standby time. There is no estimate on video talk time, but Samsung do say the 800mAh battery should take around 2.5 hours to fully charge.

The A501 is a little heavier than the A701, at 114 grams. It measures 88 x 48 x 26mm, so it’s not that large at all. The handset is quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and dual-band UTMS (850/1900MHz).

FYI .:. Samsung A501
(Available now for Australia)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (quad-band)
3G: UTMS 850/1900MHz (dual-band)
Form factor Clam-shell
Size 88 x 48 x 26mm
Weight 114 grams
Display Internal: 262,144 colour TFT LCD @ 176 x 220 pixels
External: Monochrome 96 x 96 pixel LCD
Battery type used Li-ion battery
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 240 minutes*
3G: Up to 210 minutes*
Standby time* Up to 350 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth v1.2, USB v1.1
Camera support 1.3mpx rotating digital camera with 2x digital zoom
Data support EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications WAP 2.0 compliant with xHTML support
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 40MB
Yes, microSD memory card (up to 1GB)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and email with T9 predictive text
Ringing tones MP3, 64-chord midi, SP-Midi, SMF, and i-Melody
Synchronisation with PC Yes, Microsoft Outlook
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Samsung Proprietary
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Voice recording up to 30 minutes

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

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