Unboxed – Samsung Beat DJ

We're a little besotted with Tonium's Pacemaker – the pocket-sized DJ rig that could finally be ready to go mainstream – and Samsung is clearly a fan

We're a little besotted with Tonium's Pacemaker – the pocket-sized DJ rig that could finally be ready to go mainstream – and Samsung is clearly a fan too, judging by its new Beat DJ phone.

This well-built touch-phone packs Samsung's new Beat DJ app that lets you scratch, change the pitch and add samples to songs stored on a microSD card. You can then record your mash-ups for posterity:

Although the DJ-ing app is very limited – you can only add one effect at a time, there's no mixing tracks and the effects are all a bit '2Unlimited' – we're rather fond of the 'Disc UI' which, as you can see above, puts half of the scroll wheel on the touchscreen and works very smoothly.

Unfortunately, the rest of the Touchwiz interface has been fairly laggy in our first play, though we've maybe been spoilt by high-end smartphones like the HTC Hero and Samsung's own i8910HD.

Like the latter, the Beat DJ has a very crisp and bright AMOLED screen, and the speakers go pretty loud too, thanks to Bang & Olufsen's ICEpower tech. There's also a 3.2MP camera, HSDPA and support for DivX and Xvid movies. We'll have a hands-on video and full review soon, but in the meantime scroll down for more pics and full specs.