Samsung burns mobile record books

The mobile phone’s gigabyte and megapixel records have been smashed at this year’s CeBit show – Samsung has just taken the wraps off the world’s first

The mobile phone’s gigabyte and megapixel records have been smashed at this year’s CeBit show – Samsung has just taken the wraps off the world’s first 8GM smartphone and 10MP cam-phone.

The hard-drive anarchist is the SGH-i310 (pictured above), a beefed up version of Samsung’s 3GB, music-centric i300 - which also plays MP3, WMA and Ogg files.  

The new gigabyte monster can carry an impressive 2000 songs, but is more than just a music vessel. On its arm is a Windows Mobile 5.0 tattoo, which means Blackberry-style push e-mail and media syncing, and there’s a far from embarrassing 2MP camera on its forehead.

There’s no Wi-Fi, but it ticks all the other smartie boxes – Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, microSD slot – and the display is a decent 2in, 240x320 pixel affair. It’s expected to launch in Europe in the second half of 2006.

Not to be outdone in the megapixel record books, uncle Sammy has also crafted the first 10MP camphone, the SGH-B600.

Sony Ericsson’s Cybershot range has really raised the stakes for the digicam replacements (story here), and we’re not really sure that Samsung’s 10MP really offers much more benefit to users than, say, its 8MP SPH-8200, but it’s still an impressive feat of mobile trickery.

The camera has a so-so 3x optical zoom, but there is a new autofocus feature that automatically figures out the appropriate focus to avoid blurry snaps and its 16 million colour LCD should act as a decent viewfinder.

It could also take on phones like Virgin’s The Trilogy phone (story here) thanks to the inclusion of Digital Mobile Broadcasting (DMB) which uses DAB radio networks to tune into live TV.

Unfortunately, the B600 probably won’t match the The Trilogy’s late summer UK launch – it’s only scheduled for a Korea release in June this year. We’ll keep you posted if there’s any inkling of a launch over here.