Samsung launched their “Jet” mobile phone today at the extremely posh Atlantis hotel in the Palm Jumeirah. Called Jet because of its speed, the handset features an 800MHz CPU as well as 2GB onboard storage that can be expanded to 16GB. The phone has all the specs of a high-end phone such as HSDPA, Wi-Fi, [...]
Samsung launched their “Jet” mobile phone today at the extremely posh Atlantis hotel in the Palm Jumeirah. Called Jet because of its speed, the handset features an 800MHz CPU as well as 2GB onboard storage that can be expanded to 16GB. The phone has all the specs of a high-end phone such as HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 2.1
However, the first thing you’ll notice about the Jet is the beautiful 3.1″ WVGA screen- it is the best screen I’ve seen on a mobile phone. The AMOLED screen has a resolution of 800×480 and with 16M colors, the color reproduction is stunning to say the least.
The phone runs on Samsung’s proprietary O/S called Samsung Handset Platform or SHP. Samsung plans to develop applications for the O/S and at the moment they have around 30 widgets ready for you to play with. At some time in the future, they plan to get the SDK out for developers to build applications. It won’t happen with the Jet but is more targeted for future Samsung handsets. Already bundled with the phone are “Dolphin” browser based on Webkit 3.0 and Microsoft Exchange support through ActiveSync. I got a chance to play around with one at the launch event. Applications did launch mighty fast with the 800MHz CPU and although the phone felt quite snappy overall, there were times when it felt a tad bit sluggish. The biggest complain I have is that the touch screen is not a capacitive screen but a resistance touch screen meaning its designed more for the stylus than your finger. The following are some videos using the device. We’ll start with the one showing the desktop and then moving on to the camera which is 5.0 MegaPixel. Samsung already has an 8.0 MP camera in a phone with plans for a 12MP camera so if you’re wondering why they chose a 5MP, its probably to lower the costs. Besides, higher MP doesn’t make a better camera and from what I saw, the picture quality on the Jet was awesome. It has dual LED flash as well which will help in darker environments. Next, we have a video of the Task Manager which is pretty cool. As you can see the Jet is capable of multi-tasking and running applications in the background unlike the current champ of touch screen phones. For all the people that are left handed, Samsung has a nice little touch for you- the interface adjusts for the left handed person so scroll bars shift to the left of the screen instead of the right. One very nifty feature is the gesture functionality on the lock screen- you can set gestures in the shapes on alphabets to launch applications or dial numbers directly from the lock screen cutting time. There you have it folks- some interesting footage showing the capabilities of the Jet. We should hopefully have a review sample in the near future for a full-on review. Priced at AED 2250 (about US$620), the Jet should be available to buy this week.