Three little pigs

Samsung reveals three new phones packed with features

Samsung revealed three new Ultra-line phones packed with features at the ITU Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong. The company seems to be proud of all its new slim 3G smart phones, but if it's looks you're after, the new F500 may be of more interest to you.

Samsung F500
Samsung Electronics

For those of you wanting a little more than music with your calls, the Ultra Video F500 will enable owners to play MPEG-4, WMV, AVI, and H.264 video files, in addition to MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+ and WMA music files. It has a 2.4-inch screen and 2-megapixel camera. There is 400MB of memory in the phone, but it has a MicroSD card slot. MicroSD cards currently come in up to 2GB of storage space, which Samsung claims will allow up to 4 hours of movies to be stored. As you can see, the phone sets up to stand on its side so it can stand alone while you watch a movie or video.

Samsung i600
Samsung Electronics

The Ultra Messaging i600, according to Samsung, is the "world's thinnest 3G smart phone with a full QWERTY keyboard." The bragging rights issue aside, the i600 does come in at just under half an inch thick. It looks like the BlackJack and also works over HSDPA, a mobile data network that claims to be as fast as broadband. It has Windows Mobile 5.0, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a music-player and voice-recognition software. It also supports RSS feeds (You can get your Crave fix to go.)

If and when it is released in the U.S., it could be a competitor to the slightly thicker Cingular 8525 3G smart phone with side keyboard that also works over HSDPA. Aside from its svelte figure, however, the Samsung i600 resembles many other smart phones on the market.

Samsung F300
Samsung Electronics

Finally, the Samsung Ultra Music F300 phone includes an FM radio, 2-megapixel camera and Bluetooth 2.0. It plays MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+ and WMA music files. It has only 100MB of memory with a MicroSD card slot, which means you will essentially be saving most of your music collection to a memory card.

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet,, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.


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