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Samsung announces S5230 and S5600 touchscreen handsets

Early this morning, Samsung announced the two newest additions to its full-touchscreen line up that might not fill a gap, but they sure do look purty. The S5230 and S5600 handsets are aimed at the European market for the time being and may stay there, though the US seems to actually be keeping up with its friends across the pond when it comes to doing away with keypads. It is becoming more and more apparent that the keypad-less form factor is one that Samsung is embracing, fully, so we should expect plenty more of these puppies down the road. Specs:

S5230

  • EDGE/GPRS Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • 3.0″ 262K WQVGA LCD (240×400) touchscreen display
  • 3 Megapixel camera,  CMOS (Smile Shot), 15 fps video capture
  • H.263 / H.264 / WMV / MPEG4 video support
  • FM Radio with RDS, DNSe
  • MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, eAAC+, WMA, AMR,MIDI,SP-MIDI, i-melody, WAV audio support
  • Music Recognition/SNS/Photo Contact/Gesture Lock/Wide Idle screen/Handwriting
  • TouchWiz UI with Mobile Widget
  • Bluetooth v2.1 / USB 2.0 FS
  • Internal Memory 50 MB + External Memory slot : microSDHC (up to 8GB)
  • 104 x 53 x 11.9 mm
  • 1000 mAh battery

S5600

  • HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (900/2100MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • 2.8″ 16M TFT (240 x 320) touchscreen display
  • 3 Megapixel camera, CMOS (Smile Shot), 15 fps video capture
  • H.263 / H.264 / WMV / MPEG4 video support
  • Video recording supporting QVGA@15fps
  • FM Radio with RDS, DNSe
  • MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, eAAC+, WMA, AMR,MIDI,SP-MIDI, i-melody, WAV audio support
  • Music Recognition/SNS/Photo Contact/Gesture Lock/Wide Idle screen
  • TouchWiz UI with Mobile Widget
  • Bluetooth v2.1 / USB 2.0 FS
  • Internal Memory 80 MB + External Memory slot : microSDHC (up to 8GB)
  • 102.8 x 54.8 x 12.9mm
  • 1000 mAh battery

    Not bad, not bad at all. Provided these handsets are well-subsidized, as they are expected to be, we’ll surely see them roaming the streets of Europe. It is also becoming increasingly apparent that Samsung’s TouchWiz UI is here to stay on low and mid-range handsets — yea or nay? The S5230 will drop across Europe some time in April with the S5600 to follow in May.

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    Zach Epstein

    Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

    Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.