Thursday, May 28, 2009

SAMSUNG Unveils Wide Touch Screen Multimedia Phone; The SAMSUNG F490

SAMSUNG’s latest mobile phone with a touch sensitive 16:9 wide screen and a 5 megapixel camera is to launch in the UK and Europe before the rest of the world

SAMSUNG F490 - Wide Touch Screen Multimedia Phone

London, 10 January 2008 - SAMSUNG Mobile has today announced the launch of the new SAMSUNG F490, a powerful high speed multimedia phone with a touch sensitive 16:9 wide screen and intuitive user interface. The SAMSUNG F490 will be available in the UK from mid-February. After being launched in the UK and Europe, it will be introduced to the U.S. and Asian markets.

The SAMSUNG F490’s debut comes amid rising popularity of touch screen technology. With a class-leading 3.2 inch 16:9 wide screen, the SAMSUNG F490 provides a panoramic view of pictures or videos as well as a larger screen space for Internet surfing. To make Internet browsing easy and enjoyable, the SAMSUNG F490 also features the Google search engine optimised for mobile use and full Internet browser for viewing web pages both vertically and horizontally.

At just 11.8mm deep, the new handset’s slimline design features rounded corners and a glossy surface that looks chic, making the SAMSUNG F490 a pleasure to hold and use. The stylish and intuitive 'Croix UI' user interface, which won the iF Communication Design Award 2007, involves two bars that cross-hatch, enabling users to control the phone’s many features by simply tapping and dragging.

For example, the intuitive nature of the user interface is demonstrated during song playback where users can easily move left/right to rewind/fast forward and move up/down to adjust volume. This addition of the ‘Croix UI’ interface brings new levels of usability to the SAMSUNG F490 and makes basic navigation, Internet browsing, task management and other activity easier than ever before. Furthermore, haptic feedback from the phone’s keypad offers tangible assurance that a command has been inputted.

From listening to music to snapping photos and video with its 5 megapixel digital camera, the SAMSUNG F490 boasts the very latest in audio and video technology. For connectivity and storage purposes it combines the standard 3.5mm audio jack, support for compatible microSD cards and 130MB internal memory.

The SAMSUNG F490 is geared to offer the ultimate multimedia experience with fast HSDPA connectivity. Downloading large files, streaming videos, and holding video conversations is all easier than ever with speeds as fast as 3.6Mbps. The handset also features Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0 so that users will also be able to connect to a range of peripherals including wireless headsets and mobile printers.

The SAMSUNG F490 will be available in the UK from the mid-February. For more information, please visit

SAMSUNG F490 Specification
Standard: HSDPA 3.6 mbps / UMTS/ EDGE (900/1800/1900/2100)
Camera: 5 Megapixel Camera
Display: 3.2" 16:9 Wide Full Touch LCD (262K Colors)
Features: Croix UI; Video Recording (MPEG4, QVGA@15fps), Video Playback (WMV, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VGA@30fps); Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP+ AVRCP); USB 2.0 (High speed); Google Search, NetFront 3.4 browser, Mail; MP3, AAC+, AAC+(e), WMA; OMA DRM v2.0, WMDRM, Multitasking
Memory: 130MB internal memory + microSD
Size: 115 x 53.5 x 11.8mm
Weight: 102g

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