Feb, 14 2010

Samsung thought their “big announcement” was all about their new Operating System – Bada – which they hope will turn today’s “feature” phones into “smartphones” by default. But we’re FAR more interested in a phone that they didn’t even mention – good things its specs slipped through in a Press Release and pictures followed soon after:

Not bad looking, right? Well it’s what is on the INSIDE that truly counts and the i8520 doesn’t disappoint. For starters, this thing has a PROJECTOR. Then pile on a 3.7-inch SUPER AMOLED Screen, 8MP camera with flash and auto-focus, a simpler front facing camera, and a WHOLE bunch more.

Wondering what a Super AMOLED screen is all about? Check out this picture of the Nexus One next to the Samsung Wave – another phone with a Super AMOLED display:


Here is a video of the Samsung Wave (NOT an Android Phone) showing off its Super AMOLED next to the Nexus One (not in English):

This is going to be a real contender in the Android world for save your money for 3rd Quarter when this thing is supposed to launch. Where exactly? Most likely Europe and Asia first with a POSSIBLE entry in the United States a bit later… but that’s pure speculation at this point. Here are the full specs:

  • Network HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps UMTS (900/1900/2100),
  • EDGE / GPRS (850/900/1800/1900)
  • Display 3.7” WVGA Super AMOLED
  • Camera 8MP AF w/ Flash (Front : VGA)
  • Video H.264, H.263, MPEG4, Divx/Xvid, VC-1, 720p@30fps(de/encoding)
  • Audio MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3
  • FM Radio with RDS, 3.5mm Ear jack, 3D Sound Effect(Dual Speaker)
  • Value-added Features A-GPS, Wi-Fi(b/g/n), Specialized Projector UI, Hybrid Widgets, IM, Email,
  • DLNA, Samsung Kies, Push Service(SNS, IM, Email)
  • Connectivity Bluetooth v2.1 / USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Memory Internal memory: at least 2GB (4Gb ROM / 3Gb RAM + 16GB MoviNAND)
  • External memory: MicroSD (up to 32GB)
  • Size 123 x 59.8 x 14.9 mm / TBD g
  • Battery Life 1800 mAh
  • (Talk time: up to 470 mins (On 3G mode)/ up to 850 mins (On 2G mode))
  • (Stand-by time: up to 530 hrs (On 3G mode) / up to 630 hrs (On 2G mode))

You don’t see Android plastered all over the device or even mentioned, really… but make no mistake – that little “i” before the 8520 means it packs Android. Not to mention the screenshot of the homescreen shows a bunch of  generic “Market App” stuff. Sounds like Android Market to me.

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