Samsung UltraTOUCH Preview
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Memories from the MWC event are no doubt still fresh not only because it was about half a month ago, but also because the manufacturers have done their best in order to impress us. Thinking about it, it was probably Samsung that managed to put up the most remarkable performance. However, among the countless phones that were introduced by Samsung, there were a few of them that definitely deserved more attention than the others. These handsets have excelled in having a remarkable design, overtaking functionality and… of course, large touch-sensitive screens.
You certainly remember that one of these was the Samsung UltraTOUCH, which is going to be the new high-end model in the manufacturer’s Ultra series. Being an Ultra series phone means that it will bring together the positive sides of other more narrowly developed devices and put everything in a nice and good-looking body, making it easily acceptable by the common user. The UltraTOUCH will be Samsung’s flagship model in the course of 2009, as it combines several key features. To begin with, it sports a 2.8-inch touch-sensitive display which allows it to take advantage of the latest TouchWiz user interface and a rich number of widgets, automatically turning it into an adequate modern device. On the other hand, it is also equipped with an up-to-date 8-megapixel camera. You would say it is a real cameraphone?! Not exactly. In addition, it has a really slim and attractive body, along with a numeric keypad, designed to turn heads from the ground up. Still, its various features and capabilities would not let us refer to it as just a fashion accessory. So what exactly is the UltraTOUCH? In our view, it is a multifunctional - all-purpose - high-end device, designed to satisfy the pretentious needs of a widest range of users, while still being a phone in the first place.
The Samsung UltraTOUCH succeeds the Soul, but in contrast to it, the navigation touch display is no longer present, freeing some space for the larger 2.8-inch touch-sensitive screen. Right below it there are just a few buttons – the send and end ones and the unique-looking back button, which on our prototype does not feature a “back arrow”. However, it still introduces the unique rhomb-like shape with a metal frame.
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Wondering how to dial a number? Simply slide the phone open to reveal the standard keypad. As a whole, the numeric keys are big enough, but are quite different in design to the ones of the MWC unit. Still, we would avoid giving an opinion on how handy they are since, as we’ve mentioned above, our unit is a prototype and these elements are a subject to change.
Other elements here are the loudspeaker and the camera for video conversations, positioned above the display. The left side houses only the volume rocker; and the camera shutter, the hold key and the microUSB port (fortunately, there is one) are on the right.
Turning the phone over reveals a simple design, with only the Samsung logo standing against the black housing. Opening the slide provides a bit more flare; the 8 megapixel camera is revealed on a bright orange finish, complete with flash and a tiny mirror.