Since when does a Windows Mobile smartphone toting the latest version of the mobile OS and 3.6Mbps HSDPA qualify as an “uninspired” handset? When said handset comes from Samsung’s R&D labs, that’s when.
We’re used to seeing some incredibly sleek and slim designs coming out of the Korean handset giant, but the Samsung i200 leaves the company’s sharp design aesthetic at the door – opting for a business-suit friendly motif.
Still, the 11.8mm-thick profile and 102g scale weight makes it clear that Samsung has turned slim handset manufacturing in to an art.
As mentioned, the Samsung i200 will be surfing the UK’s UMTS/HSDPA networks on just a single 2100Mhz frequency band, while the tri-band (900/1800/1900Mhz) GSM/EDGE radio makes sure that the i200 can lock on to any available GSM band in the area. The Samsung i200 packs in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 2 megapixel camera, front-facing VGA camera, 2.8-inch QVGA display, and a light-sensor (a la the iPhone).
Unfortunately, GPS and WiFi are left out of the Samsung i200’s feature-set, but with Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard and Microsoft Office Mobile, Windows Live Messenger and ClearVue in tow, we’re sure the i200 will find a good home in a few corporate environments.
The Samsung i200 is available now for €399 ($625) without contract.