Samsung shows Symbian satnav smartphones

The i550 and i560

Samsung has expanded its smartphone range with two new models, the SGH-i550 and SGH-i560, both unveiled at this week’s Symbian show in London.

Samsung_i550
Samsung's i550: the serious one?

Naturally, the company’s decision to unwrap both 3.6Mbps HSDPA devices at the event means each run the Symbian OS – version 9.2, to be exact. Both features tri-band GSM/GPRS/Edge connectivity and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP for music streaming.

GPS navigation built into both phones means you shouldn't have any trouble finding your way around town. A Samsung rep told Register Hardware that users receive a two-week free trial of the Navteq-based software, after which it’s usable for ten minutes before locking out. So you’d better be a fast walker.

Samsung_i560
Samsung's i560: the more stylish of the two?

The i550 is a candybar model, albeit a king-size one, and has a 2.6in display, while the i560 is a slider that looks very similar to the company’s existing G600 phone and has a 2.4in display.

Both phones have a 3.2-megapixel camera that stores pictures either to a 150MB internal memory or a Micro SD card. The i550 is 1.3cm thick, but the i560 is a slightly chubbier 1.6cm deep.

Both phones will be available across Europe next month, but an official price hasn’t yet been set.

Sign up to our Newsletter

Get IT in your inbox daily

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017