Photos: Samsung G600 5-megapixel camera phone

Samsung has unveiled a 5-megapixel camera phone that's much thinner and lighter than the Nokia N95. No 3G though. Curses!

Yesterday Samsung unveiled the G600, a 5-megapixel camera phone with auto-focus and an LED photo light. Everyone loves a superlative, and this is the thinnest 5-megapixel camera phone to hit the UK -- fact.

Like most of its Samsung slider bredren, it has a glossy black finish and trademark styling, including a keypad that looks a lot like the one on the E900 . Fortunately, unlike the E900, there are no horrid fiddly touch-sensitive keys.

Using the camera is straightforward and there are a few adjustable options, such as image file size, white balance and different shooting modes. The G600's 2.2-inch (56mm) screen displays 16 million colours and is easy on the old optical receptors.

You can store all your many-pixel pics on a 1GB microSD card -- generously bundled with the phone -- and you can send them to your jealous, not-as-many-pixels friends via MMS or Bluetooth.

We were disappointed that there's no xenon flash, which would make taking pictures on a night out much better -- LED photo lights usually suck at this -- and we're gutted there's no 3G. No high-speed Web browsing here, folks.

If you're not bothered by the lack of those features, the G600, at only 15mm thick, is a pocket-friendly camera phone that takes half-decent pics. It'll be out in August for free on a monthly contract with all major networks and we'll have a full review soon. A good alternative would be the Sony Ericsson K810i , which comes with 3.2-megapixel camera, xenon flash and 3G. -Andrew Lim

Update: We now have a full review of the Samsung G600 live in our mobile phone reviews channel.

 

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