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Samsung INNOV8 Preview

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Homescreen - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Main Menu - Samsung INNOV8 Preview

Homescreen

 

Main Menu

As we’ve mentioned above, like G810, INNOV8 also runs on Symbian S60, made popular by the countless Nokia smartphones. Here, we have the latest version (3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2), seen as well in the top Finnish model N96. Samsung has added its own graphic themes, so you can change the style of the interface, to be similar to the other models of its series. Naturally, this only changes the phone visually and deep within, it remains the typical S60 smartphone, which is not a bad thing at all.   


As we’ve said in other reviews of such phones, here we have an excellent phonebook with multiple fields, and now, with a large picture on an incoming call. Message wise, there are more than enough extras and a very good organizer as well. For quite some time, the web browser has been one of the best. Although it is a few steps behind the leaders (which are touchphones) in user-friendliness, it is still very pleasant, even for daily use.

Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Samsung INNOV8 Preview

Internet Browser - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Internet Browser - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Internet Browser - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Internet Browser - Samsung INNOV8 Preview

Internet Browser


As a smartphone, everything’s good, but as we’ve mentioned, this is an all-in–one device, so we wonder how does it perform as a cameraphone. At first glance it looks promising and with its 8-megapixels, it easily lines up with the big guys. Although we are not fans of the monochrome type of interface, we like it just fine, and it offers many options as well. The face recognition feature is accompanied with smile and blink recognition, so you can get smiley faces with open eyes on your pictures.

Camera Interface - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Camera Interface - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Camera Interface - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Camera Interface - Samsung INNOV8 Preview

Camera Interface

Camera Settings - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Camera Settings - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Camera Settings - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Camera Settings - Samsung INNOV8 Preview

Camera Settings


Despite the fact that we never rate phones by their prototypes, we’ll publish a few pictures of this version of INNOV8. They look rather promising and we hope the final results will be even better.

Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Outdoor Samples - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Outdoor Samples - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Outdoor Samples - Samsung INNOV8 Preview

Outdoor Samples


Strong Light - Indoor Samples - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Medium Light - Indoor Samples - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Low Light - Indoor Samples - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Low with Flash - Indoor Samples - Samsung INNOV8 Preview

Strong Light

Medium Light

Low Light

Low with Flash

Indoor Samples


Samsung INNOV8 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.

Similar to OMNIA, INNOV8 is also a contender for the title ”powerful personal multimedia player”. Unfortunately, there is DivX, but no XviD support, which limits to a great extent the files supported. The other comment we have is related to the screen, which although relatively large (2.8”) has a standard QVGA resolution. It would have been nice to be able to watch videos in VGA, which lets you see the better quality in the files with high resolution. Anyways, we are not negative about this element and are impatient to receive the final test unit, so we can see how it performs as a video player. Music wise, we have the original Symbian S60 music player, but we are curious about the sound quality.

Music Player - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Video Player - Samsung INNOV8 Preview
Samsung INNOV8 Preview

Music Player

Video Player

 

Overall, INNOV8 doesn’t make us gasp and besides the high camera resolution, there are no other innovations. It still looks as a nice multifunctional phone and if it does all that it’s supposed, according to its specifications properly, it should be one good device.

Expect our review with the full tests of the phone.

Our Samsung INNOV8 Review is now published - click here to read it.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. ALEXANDER (unregistered)


The best phone of the year! I like it! Nokia is 2nd this time)))))))))

posted on 18 Sep 2008, 14:11

2. (unregistered)


This falls below Samsung omnia & Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 in many areas. No offiice editing software, Optical Zoom, qwerty keyboard are the 3 essential parts are missing

posted on 19 Sep 2008, 00:08

3. (unregistered)


omfg essential my a.. this is cameraphone you know.

posted on 19 Sep 2008, 04:59

4. hargs48 (unregistered)


I disagree,the target market wont require those 3 things,this powerhouse packs all the tech of N96 & then some...the only issue you can fault it on is the screen rez... optical zoom is not critical & none of its rivals have them...office editing if want you just pay & get the full Quickoffice Package with Office 07 support... also I can't see the lack of a qwerty keyboard being issue... all in all great S60 phone from Samsung...

posted on 25 Sep 2008, 16:25

6. Image (unregistered)


A good xeon blixt is must on a mobil camerapfone..... Led lamps sucks

posted on 25 Sep 2008, 05:01

5. (unregistered)


Guys, I Know I Am The Last in INDIA, But Still I Am Eager To C This Master Piece. Post Some Direct Links If Present. WWW.SAMSUNG.COM has no info on this.

posted on 12 Nov 2008, 08:16

7. (unregistered)


is it worth buying for or their are other phones, that is better than this...

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 330 MHz, TI OMAP 2430 processor
Size4.19 x 2.12 x 0.68 inches
(106.5 x 53.9 x 17.2 mm)
4.80 oz  (136 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 8.5 hours talk time

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