Samsung BEATs Preview

Introduction and Design


After the introductions of Nokia’s XpressMusic and Sony Ericsson’s Walkman, Samsung finally decided to release a line of music-oriented phones. It is called BEAT Edition and the slider BEATs is one of its first two models. The phone is equipped with quite some extras in order to provide quality sound – support for Samsung’s DNSe DSP technology, ICEpower amplifier by Bang & Olufsen.

Since we have a prototype, we’ll makepreview instead of a review and will not get into details. Expect ourreview as soon as we get a final unit.


The phone has a rather nice vision, mainly thanks to the colors and the metal front panel. Despite being somewhat thick, the device is not very heavy and the curvy shapes are easy to the touch.

You can compare the Samsung BEATs with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

BEATs has a display with QVGA resolution and supports up to 26k colors, and right below it, we see the buttons controlling the musical player. Together with the two functional buttons and the D-pad, they are one of the few things on the upper slider.

The bottom part houses the keyboard, the SEND and END keys and the clear button.

On the right side, we find the camera button, charger connector, and one of the two symmetrically positioned stereo loudspeaker. The opposite one houses the 3.5 mm jack, the sound volume controls and the button for the musical player, which connects you to Shazam’s Find if you press and hold it.

Unfortunately, the microSD card slot is hard to reach, hidden under the battery. The card is the main place to store your music and it’s not pleasant to have to turn off the phone in order to take it out and place it in a reader.

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