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PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i780 Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PC Phone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 13.11.07 - 14:26:34 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 45422x
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We've seen the Samsung SGH-i780 the first time back in September when Samsung previewed its latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition during the Gitex in Dubai. Today, I've received a test sample, thanks to Samsung and no, even if it looks like a BlackJack, it's not a Windows Mobile Standard smartphone but features a touchscreen.
The Samsung SGH-i780, a QWERTY smartphone based on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, features a Marvell PXA310 CPU at 400 MHz and supports triband GSM at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz with 3.6 Mbps. Furthermore, the i780 features WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and an integrated A-GPS receiver.

Quite unique is the 2.6" 65k color TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixel and the optical joystick which can be either used as a D-Pad replacement or together with a mouse pointer as a kind of touchpad. The 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM can be expended with microSD cards.
The main camera supports photos up to 2 megapixel and QVGA videos, the front facing camera supports VGA photos and QVGA videos. At a size of 116 x 61 x 12.9 mm, the SGH-i780 weights 120 g.

I will be able to use the test sample for the next couple of days and before I publish a preview, please find bellow a couple of photos:











Coming next - more photos as well as a video view of this interesting device. If you have further questions, feel free to ask in the comments bellow.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Paul on 13.11.07 - 15:06:58

Arne, any idea when this one will be publicly available?

Posted by Arne Hess on 13.11.07 - 15:18:11

AFAIK early next year. I have doubts to still expect a release this year.

Posted by Twips on 13.11.07 - 16:22:40

Hi Arne!

Does the inclded A-GPS chipset really mean it can run TomTom Navigator 6 for example?

I was always curious about the real meaning of A-GPS. Is this like GPS plus furtherinformation provided by the cellular network or is it like GPS simulated by the cellular network?

Posted by Soren on 13.11.07 - 16:25:31

Oh you lucky boy! Again you managed to get your hands on a toy which is on my wish list since I've seen it the first time. Damn, why you not me? ;-)
OK, back to the topic: Have you already made any experiences with the optical joystick? Does it work and how well does it work?

Posted by Dash on 13.11.07 - 18:05:49

cant wait for a review! you are lucky! by the way, is the hardware specs such as the RAM, ROM and cam finalized?

Posted by Arne Hess on 13.11.07 - 18:33:27

@Twips: That's a good question. Haven't got GPS working yet but I will keep you updated here.

@Soren: I will follow-up with the optical joystick in a video view this week, promised. So far I can say that it works but you have to get used to it. It's a little bit unusual but if you know how the touch pad of Microsoft's Wireless Keyboard 7000 works you know how this optical joystick works.

@Dash: Because this isn't the final device (I only received the device without any accessories) and I'm sure it doesn't run on the final ROM, I will publish a preview "only" (not that there is a difference). AFAIK the memory and camera specs are the final one but for sure it's possible Samsung might makes some last minute changes prior release.

Posted by MTM on 13.11.07 - 22:20:13

Does it support microSDHC (SD 2.0), i.e. cards bigger than 2 GB? I often find this information missing in the official specification sheets.

Posted by Arne Hess on 13.11.07 - 22:23:05

Good question, I have no info yet and I've lost my last microSDHC card... :-( Will buy a new one this week and give it a test!

Posted by @lexis - GPSAndCo.com on 14.11.07 - 00:30:22

Hello Arne,

Can Samsung confirm you the specs regarding GPS chipset provider (SiRF? Qualcomm ?) and also the cellular chipset provider (Qualcomm ?)

The unit I played with two weeks at Samsung event in London was still a preserie model and Samsung could not confirm the specs. sad

Cheers.

Posted by Arne Hess on 14.11.07 - 09:45:35

Alexis - will try but my Samsung technical contact is currently not available and I haven't received a spec sheet yet.

Posted by Nightflyer on 14.11.07 - 17:31:59

wow! I'm wondering how they managed to get all these features in this little handset. I mean it packs all the features my TYTN II has + higher resolution in a package that makes the Touch Dual look big. Wait, didn't HTC mention WiFi didn't fit into their Dual - looks like they should concentrate on R&D a bit more, doesn't it? wink

Very nice, but still I don't regret having bought my Tytn since I admire its tilted screen.

Posted by Dash on 14.11.07 - 17:48:15

Nightflyer wrote:

wow! I'm wondering how they managed to get all these features in this little handset. I mean it packs all the features my TYTN II has + higher resolution in a package that makes the Touch Dual look big. Wait, didn't HTC mention WiFi didn't fit into their Dual - looks like they should concentrate on R&D a bit more, doesn't it? wink

Very nice, but still I don't regret having bought my Tytn since I admire its tilted screen.

i agree, i got my tytn ii when it was out but now am lusting over this beauty.. do hope that the cam will be a 3.2mp one but i guess it's not a big issue.. cant wait for some previews some reviews and the final release! the wait for kaiser was simply agonizing.. hope this baby doesnt disappoint!

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.11.07 - 10:55:51

@Twips: Okay, finally got GPS working and as you said, A-GPS takes the benefit from both - GPS satellites and the cellular network.
The first fix took a little bit longer but now it's working. Haven't tested navigation software yet but Google Maps Mobile only but this works fine. More to come soon in a separate front page posting incl. a short video demonstration.

@MTM: Okay, tried a microSDHC card now and I haven’t got it working yet. However, please keep in mind that this doesn’t mean anything for the final release since the device I got for testing is an engineering sample only, without the final ROM built, etc. This is important to keep in mind and I hope I can follow-up ASAP with the final version.

Posted by MTM on 15.11.07 - 17:04:03

Thanks for the answer Arne. Hopefully microSDHC will be supported in the final version. It really should be standard for high-end devices in my opinion.

Posted by k3000 on 16.11.07 - 13:58:11

@arne: will this be qwerty only or will there be a qwertz version for us germanz too? ;-)
and does it have the same issues with äöü like the previous samsungs? typing äöü was really a pain there.

thanks!

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