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The Samsung SGH-X820 is a mere 6.9mm thin

Samsung has unveiled what the company claims is the world's slimmest mobile phone.  The new phone, the Samsung SGH-X820, was unveiled yesterday during Sviaz Expocomm 2006, a telecom fair being held in Moscow.  The SGH-X820, a 6.9 mm thick cell and weighs 66 grams, has an MP3 player that is capable of holding up to 80MB of onboard music files.  Along with the ability to play music, a 2 megapixel camera that also records video is included.  If users are wanting even more features, Bluetooth connectivity and a TV-out jack is included.  According to The Korea Times:

Samsung plans to market the bar-type model, the SGH-X820, in Europe this month at a hefty price, which the firm refused to reveal, as the phone adopts a European technology.  Next month, the ultra-thin model will land in China and the outfit is considering whether or not to convert the phone’s current format (GSM) to that of Korea and the United States (CDMA).

Of course, many US providers can use the GSM version of this phone, so expect to see a few filter into the market here and there.  The battle of mobile size began after the quick success of the Razr line of Motorola phones.

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fashion is for the weak minded
By jmunjr on 5/9/2006 4:13:17 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I'll say. My hefty V600 trounces these slim phones in battery life and fits just fine in my pants pocket. What is the fascination with everything small? I bet if they made a suppository phone a lot of people would buy it. Wait, I may take that back because 1) they couldn't show it off w/o dropping their pants and 2) they already have something stuck up their a$$es

RE: fashion is for the weak minded
By Stele on 5/9/2006 4:37:00 AM , Rating: 3
What is the fascination with everything small?

I second that. Funny thing is, the engineers at Samsung, Nokia, Sony-Ericsson etc try their very best to make phones as small as possible, but many who buy such phones end up holding them in their hand most of the time anyway - not just to use it, of course, but to ensure that the world knows they have the latest and greatest of fashion gadgets. I guess there is zero brag value when the toy is simply not visible :P

RE: fashion is for the weak minded
By Supa on 5/9/2006 4:48:26 AM , Rating: 2
The slim phones are selling like hot cakes, I think that's why they are making them. ;)

RE: fashion is for the weak minded
By plewis00 on 5/9/2006 5:06:57 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, it's true, they sell well. Also have any of you considered why thin is good? It's so much nicer having a 14mm thick RAZR in your pocket than a 25mm thick Nokia smartphone...

By timmiser on 5/9/2006 2:22:44 PM , Rating: 3
I certainly don't agree with that. I'm proud to walk around with an impressive bulge in my front jean pocket. So what if it vibrates and makes noise every once in a while. Those are all good things.

By patentman on 5/9/2006 2:59:59 PM , Rating: 2
What is the fascination with everything small?

I dunno, but I'm fasinated with anything thats small and in my pants.....

-Sorry, I couldn;t help myself :)

RE: fashion is for the weak minded
By TheFro on 5/9/2006 11:32:50 AM , Rating: 2
I bet if they made a suppository phone a lot of people would buy it. Wait, I may take that back because 1) they couldn't show it off w/o dropping their pants and 2) they already have something stuck up their a$$es

They already made a suppository phone. It's called the PEBL.

By Hypernova on 5/9/2006 3:41:45 AM , Rating: 5
How about more practical phones where the battery last a month on a charge with good signal pickup abilities?

RE: Battery
By Cunthor01 on 5/9/2006 5:13:36 AM , Rating: 2
My mom has a Panasonic X something-rather-thin, and while handy for the pocket (she keeps it in her purse anyway), the battery life sucks a fat one. It only goes for like a day. Fatter smartphones Nokia has need to be thinner and lighter, not simple stuff like the Samsung. Oh well...

RE: Battery
By JazzMang on 5/9/2006 8:59:56 AM , Rating: 2
My RAZR's battery life sucks my junk. I only get about 2 solid days of use out of it, and its brand new! I hate the bloated Motorola interface too.

RE: Battery
By captchaos2 on 5/9/2006 9:03:10 AM , Rating: 3
I wonder if the warranty will cover snapping the phone in half while sitting down?

Bigger keys please
By lemonadesoda on 5/9/2006 8:40:02 AM , Rating: 3
I'm all for small, light, thin.

But what I don't like is a keyboard made for childrens fingers.

I don't want to have to use the backspace/delete key more than any other key because pressing the correct key is so fiddly. Especially if I'm trying to speed write an SMS.

Although I do think the new samsung phone LOOKS great! In fact, I think it looks even better than the model it is stealing its design cues from (the Nokia 6230

However, look at the wasted space at the top (logo and silver/chrome plastic stripe) and wasted space around the screen (black glass border).

All of these could have been reduced in size to give the phone a slightly bigger keyboard. Just a tiny amount bigger makes all the difference ergonomically.

RE: Bigger keys please
By littlebitstrouds on 5/9/2006 9:39:14 AM , Rating: 1
I also agree with this point. However on a side note this does not "rip off" the 6230 at all. Why? Because every cell phone is set up like this. basic numbers, call pick-up same place with a middle scrolling button and two side selectors: welcome to every style of phone. BTW I love my 6230.

Another note... Why on earth do people think we need a cell phone battery to last more than the two days most give? While it might be nice, are you really away from an outlet for more than two days? Just plug the damn thing in every night.

Maybe I'm the young guy that's pushing the market towards slim and light, but you oldies are always complaining everytime another thin and light phone comes out, and its the same arguement. Pst... shoot down the phone not the idea it's getting tired.

RE: Bigger keys please
By Runiteshark on 5/9/2006 10:03:14 AM , Rating: 3
I hate to tell you, but thats 2 days of no use. Ie. Standby.

So think about it like this, the Razr has roughly 4 days of standby time, thats fine, but the talk time is around 4 hours, and then you need to plug it in. Starting to be a different story huh?

For this phone, say you have only 2 days of standby time. What would you only have 2 hours or less of talk time? Its not so much that standby times are bad, its just that talktime on these phones brutally suck.

I myself have a old Motorola v180. It has all the features I need (I don't need a digital camera, I have a Fujifilm E900 for that) and dosen't have excessive useless crap taking my battery life. Know how much talk time I get? Atleast 11 hours on speakerphone and even longer on regular. I haven't had it die once on standby alone, and I've gone over a week without charging it and still using it.

The point is, is to get phones that suit you. If people want a little piece of crap phone loaded with junk, and a pathetic battery life, then most slim and light phones are for you. If you want battery life and talk time to use a phone for what it was intended (i.e. talking) then most olderphones are for you.

So yeah.

RE: Bigger keys please
By littlebitstrouds on 5/9/2006 11:48:37 AM , Rating: 1
For this phone, say you have only 2 days of standby time.

My point is more centered around the... Where do you get this information? Because I see at no point it saying that this phone will have 2 days of standby time and only 2 hours of talk time. Everyone seems to jump on with negative comments about any new phone report on this site without all the details.

I would just rather posts like... How long is the battery life going to be? What's the screen resolution? Anyone like samsung's interface cause I've never used it? Comments that are usefull. Not downing a new product before anyone can make any actual judgements cause you don't have this phone yet. I'm glad you like your phone as I like mine. Pls go post when a phone that intrests you comes along. And allow the people who like these phones to discuss this one.

RE: Bigger keys please
By HackSacken on 5/9/2006 10:04:20 AM , Rating: 2
I would also say this is your basic phone setup although it is a nice looking phone. Differences now are mainly in the user interface. And as cool as this phone may be, I wouldn't consider it due to its GUI. Just been a fan of Nokia, which btw, I too love my 6230.

RE: Bigger keys please
By bombledmonk on 5/9/2006 12:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
Price and availability The Nokia 6230 will be available throughout Europe in May 2004, selling for approximately €TBA. Available in the U.S. in December 1969 , the Nokia 6230 is priced at approximately $550.

lmao, a quote from the soda's link...

U.S. customers
By Link on 5/9/2006 1:12:47 PM , Rating: 2
always ask for things that the rest of the world don't not care about. That's why the phones available in the U.S. market are always 1~2 years behind others.

RE: U.S. customers
By Trisped on 5/9/2006 2:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
No, we are behind because we require the quality to be above "well it works 80% of the time." My friends talked about tech products in Japan and how everyone there hit them a couple times a day because usually that would help them start working right. Sure, they had 10 Meg-Pixel camera's 10-15 years ago, but taking a picture with them was not an enjoyable experince.

RE: U.S. customers
By jtesoro on 5/9/2006 7:37:55 PM , Rating: 2
No, we are behind because we require the quality to be above "well it works 80% of the time."

Just like no one here gets the latest video cards and similar technologies until they're super stable, right?

I don't care if it's paper-thin...
By zsdersw on 5/9/2006 10:42:39 AM , Rating: 2
... it's still a keys-exposed phone. I'll never buy one of those again.

By breethon on 5/9/2006 1:02:28 PM , Rating: 2
WORD! The smaller the better though? Reminds me of the Saturday Night Live skit with Wil Ferrel and tiny little phone about the size of his finger tip....LOL. I have a V710, only 10mb internal memory, but you can use transflash card to add to your experience. Not only that, but you can use that to upload pics/ringtones to your phone without having to pay for them, and without using the cable to hook it to your PC. Works very nice :)

stop copying!
By BillyBatson on 5/9/2006 4:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
I think samsung makes the BEST cell phones! I have owned 5 of them and currently have the A900 Blade for sprint. However the blade was a clear rippoff Motorollas Razr though it it FAR better!!!!! And now this phoen is exactly like the Motorola Slvr, even if they are better i want samsung to come out with different designs or at least come out with these first.

RE: stop copying!
By lemonadesoda on 5/9/2006 10:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
5 phones!? And in how many weeks?

If they truely made the best phones, then why all the upgrading?

By rrsurfer1 on 5/9/2006 10:34:43 AM , Rating: 2
Mp3 capable, 2MP digital camera.... and 80 MB of memory??!!? Why not put some real memory in (ie. 512 MB min.) and make it useful?? Hell, you can buy 1 GB flash drives for like $40 now.

what im waiting for...
By ncage on 5/9/2006 1:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
What im waiting for is a cell phone/pda combo that doesn't cost a arm and a leg. I had a LG vx6100 which is definitly small enough for me. I don't want a camera. I don't want an mp3 player. I just want a phone that had pda like functionality and that i could program for. Unforuntatly these are always the expensive ones. Oh yes and eventhough cell phones have got smaller..has the reception got any better? My first digital phone a nokia 5120 (if i can remember correctly) also had the best reception.

By exdeath on 5/9/2006 4:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
Still lovin my vx8100. There isn't anything it can't do better than all these fasionable phones.

And I don't seem to have any problems carrying it in my pocket OUT OF SIGHT.

By Souka on 5/9/2006 9:28:45 PM , Rating: 2
My old Nokia 8260 talks for hours, almost 2 weeks standby.

I only charge it once a week at best. Great reception and ease of use.

Smaller than most phones on the market, and I've even sent it through the washing machine and only noticed it when I heard a "thunk thunk" sound from the dryer.

My $.02

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