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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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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...

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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