New music phones are never an unwelcome sight, especially if the features are good enough to forget about the sticker shock its price induces upon us. Samsung’s latest take on a premium music-centric mobile is called the F400, and it has enough great features to put most of these other so-called music phones to shame, even though it borrows a few concepts and even its form factor from a few of its competitors.
The Samsung F400 is a dual-sliding music mobile packing a 3 megapixel camera with AF and LED Flash, Bang & Olufsen ICEpower tech, Digital Natural Sound engine (DNSe™) 2.0, and a lot of other features in a casing that’s only 16.9 mm thin. Hardly what we can call RAZR-thin, but still pretty slim when it comes to phones.
The Samsung F400′s highlights are the following:
- 2.2-inch 262K TYT screen
- Dual stereo speakers
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- FM Radio with RDS
- Bluetooth 2.0
- 1GB microSD card in-box with support for up to 8GB cards
- USB 2.0
- HSDPA network support
Also notable are a few features that it sort of “copied” from a few of its closest competitors.
The dual-sliding form factor was first shown off by Nokia with the Nokia N95, and the Samsung applies the same principles to the F400. When you slide it up, it’s a metallic keypad equipped handset. Slide it down and you have the music functions in sight, adding to the music hotkey that the silver wheel navigator stands for in the middle of the phone.
It also features Shazam, a music recognizing application similar to Sony Ericsson’s TrackID feature, which lets users find out more about song snippets recorded from the FM radio.
France will be first to see this in stores by May of this year, but it is also expected to be rolled out in other markets around the world later this year. No word on pricing yet, though. Maybe if it’s inexpensive enough, it might sell.
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