Samsung has launched in India its most affordable budget priced 3G ready Samsung Star 3G (S5603) Touch Phone, that is quad-band GSM Candybar style full metal finish 3G ready mobile phone and it features a large 2.8-inch WQVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display, WiFi and GPS receiver.
Also known as Samsung Preston, Samsung Halley, Samsung Player, Samsung Star 3G, Samsung Player Star, Samsung S5600L and Samsung Cara in various markets where it is sold, the quad-band GSM and triband 3G network ready Samsung Star 3G S5603 mobile phone is equipped with large 2.8-inch 256K colors capable, QVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display having 240 x 320 pixels screen resolution along with Haptic feedback that offers tangible feedback when using the touch screen.
The handset features Accelerometer sensor that auto rotating display easily switches back and forth from portrait to landscape and Gesture Lock / Wide Idle Screen enhances touch experiences.
Samsung Star 3G boasts of the innovative “Smart Unlock” feature users can unlock the phone and enter the menu directly by drawing a letter of the alphabet on the screen. Taking this feature even further, users can even set specific menu options to correspond to each letter from A to Z – like I is for Internet.
The Samsung Star 3G includes 80-MB of internal shared memory that allows upto 2000 number phonebook and is equipped with microSD expandable memory slot supporting upto 16-GB expandable memory with hot-swap functionality.
Weighing 96 grams, the Samsung Star 3G S5603 touch phone is equipped with Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and features Samsung’s TouchWiz 1.0 Plus user interface that pretty much resembling Apple iPhone user interface having, offers customizable home screen and menus that stretches over upto 10 screens, and Social Hub function which provides email, instant messaging and social networking services in a single interface. Facebook and MySpace apps comes preinstalled and both can easily be accessed via dedicated widgets.
Widgets tray has moved to the bottom of the display as against traditionally in left side and the widget tray activates by pressing gear icon on the top let corner of the screen.
The 3G network ready Samsung Star 3G S5603 mobile also allows users connect to several popular social networking sites that includes Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Google Picassa, Photobucket and Friendster. In addition, the handset also comes loaded with instant messenger applications for AIM, Google Gtalk and Palringo.
With the 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps network connection and SNS shortcut toolbar right on the home screen, it allows users to conveniently update their status, upload photos, send messages and stay in touch with their friends.
Samsung Star 3G S5603 mobilephone offers exhaustive range of data connectivity including GPS receiver with A-GPS support, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, GPRS Class 12 – with upto 48 kbps speed, EDGE Class 12 – with upto 236.8 kbps speed, and 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps connection. The phone does not offer WiFi connectivity. It also include microUSB 2.0 port connection for wired connectivity and recharging.
EDGE network connection allows ultra fast data transmissions, and faster downloads and file transfers. Bluetooth technology enables communication with other Bluetooth compatible devices and gadgets such as color printers, PDAs and laptops for instant sync-ups, data transfer and print jobs in a flash and Bluetooth+EDR enables handset allows upto 3 times faster data transfer compared to conventional bluetooth connection.
The Samsung Star 3G S5603 handset comes equipped with a main integrated 3.2 Megapixels digital camera with maximum still picture resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and it offers Autofocus, 3.3X digital zoom, Geo-tagging, smile and blink detection functionality and built-in LED flash light that offers a flash of light for taking pictures in dark surroundings.
The touch phone allows picture storage in standard JPEG format in handset memory or in extended memory and the digital camera also offers Photo effects and option for Photo quality settings while shooting still pictures. There is also a secondary VGA resolution camera for video calling.
Only 12.9 mm thick, the Stylish Samsung Star 3G S5603 mobile phone also allows video recording with sound in QVGA resolution at 15 fps. Video recording and decoding formats in H.263, 3GPP and MPEG4 video formats. The handset also allows video playback that supports MPEG4, 3GPP and H.263 Video formats.
Samsung Star 3G touch mobile phone also sports integrated FM Radio (stereo) and it allows upto maximum 5-minute duration live recording from FM radio. The live recorded sound clips can only be used as ring tones or alarms.
In addition, the handset comes equipped with DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine) that delivers realistic 3D surround sound quality and includes 3.5 mm audio out port.
The Samsung Star 3G comes packed with Samsung’s own WebKit-based full HTML web browser which offers full Flash support, kinetic scrolling and one-finger zooming along with landscape orientation display capability.
The Samsung Star 3G phone also sports a built-in MP3 media player which which supports MP3, ACC, ACC+, eAAC+, WAV, MIDI and WMA music formats. Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) Bluetooth for stereo sound allows listening to music on bluetooth compatible headset absolutely wire-free. In addition there is also a FM Radio tuner with 20 station memory and auto-tuning feature and live recorded sound clips which can only be used as ring tones or alarms.
Entry-level prices Samsung Star 3G S5603 phone is also armed with mobile tracker feature that helps users track their phone in case they happen to lose it. In an event of being lost, stolen or misplaced, the Mobile Tracker feature sends an SMS prompt to a pre-determined number whenever the SIM card is changed thus improving chances of recovering the handset.
Besides, the handset also offers Hinglish SMS feature which facilitates faster typing and makes messaging more fun, as it recognizes both English and Hindi words.
Other features of the Samsung Star 3G handset includes JAVA MIDP 2.1 support, Google Maps 3.0, Organizer, Document View, Image editor, Voice Memo, SOS Message, applications such as PC Studio, Calendar, Calculator, and Alarm, and Java Games.
The handset also comes loaded with built-in email client which supports POP3, SMTP & IMAP4 email protocols and it also offers support for MS document viewing software for Microsoft Excel, and MS Word.
Available in a single Metallic Black color, the Samsung Star 3G S5603 touch phone comes with 1000 mAh Li-lon battery which offers upto 3 hrs of talk time on full charge and upto 300 hrs of standby time on 2G network and is already available across India for Rs. 10,000 with warranty. Visit in.samsungmobile.com for more details.