Samsung fêtes 'first' HSUPA phone
High-speed upload slider
Samsung has shown off one of the first phones to support 2Mb/s HSUPA 3G upload acceleration technology.
Samsung's SCH-M470: first HSUPA phone?
The SCH-M470 is destined - initially at least - for South Korea Telecom's HSUPA network. In addition to the ability to upload data at a rate of up to 2Mb/s, the M470 should support downloads of up to 7.2Mb/s.
The sliderphone has a front-facing camera for video calls, now hopefully able to take advantage of the wider upload and download pipes to offer better picture quality. Either way, the M470 has a two-megapixel snapper on the back. Users keen to post pictures to blogs and photo-sharing sites will appreciate the extra upload speeds HSUPA brings.
In addition to 'super 3G', the M470 also numbers Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi on its list of features.
Sony Ericsson's Windows Mobile-based Xperia X1 handset is also set to support HSUPA when it arrives later this year.
In Korea, the M470 will cost around KRW600,000 ($605/£302/€382). There's no word yet on what it'll cost over here, or when it might become available to Western buyers.
Header says 'first'!!
HTC have had the tytnII out for ages now, that has HSUPA...
Although what I dont get is why boost the Uplink massively (when comparing ratio to home broadband 256/512k up -- 8-24mb down) 7.2mbps? why not go for the 14.4, i know most ops dont support it yet but they will, in time...
Hardly the first HSUPA phones
Samsung are a little late on the picture - HSUPA on phones has been around for a few months now. The i-mate 8502 and 9502 were commercially released a while back down here in Oz.
Forget the phone....
...look at the women!
Mines the one with 'looker' on it.