Samsung Onix S5620 - In Depth

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A couple of weeks ago a couple of images of the Samsung Onix S5620 , a mid-range touch mobile , were leaked . Now it has been officially presented by the South Korean manufacturer . However, his true debut will take place at the Mobile World Congress next week.

The new terminal introduces improvements over its predecessor Samsung Mytouch S5600 . Still, it retains the basic features of the range. Tactile technology , according to the taste of the times, combined with discreet features . Samsung aims to win over the general public with a contained price .

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Display and connectivity

In the words of the South Korean company, Samsung Onix is "full touch device for users of mobile worried about style ." The design does not disappoint , despite its simplicity . The screen measures 3 inches , a size larger than many mid-range touch terminals . It is capacitive type , so unlike resistive ones, it is not necessary to use an electronic pen or stylus to access the content. Fingers will suffice . The resolution is WQVGA , equivalent to400 x 240 pixels and displays contents widescreen 16: 9 . With the accelerometer , the images change from vertical to horizontal automatically when you turn the phone . Below the panel we find the classic direct access controls to the functions of receiving, rejecting, hanging up or making calls .

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Samsung Onix is a third-generation mobile compatible with UMTS and HSDPA networks at 900 and 2,100 MHz . The HSDPA protocol is capable of transferring data with a speed rate of up to 7.2 kbps . It also operates in EDGE and GPRS at 850, 900, 1,800 and 1,900 MHz . The wireless connectivity section is completed with WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1. Thanks to Bluetooth technology , it will be possible to link the Samsung Onix with accessories that incorporate it in turn . This is the case of hands-free kits and some models of headphones. With cables, we find that it has a USB 2.0 port , so it can be connected to the computer to transfer files or recharge the battery, as well as a standard 3.5 mm audio output.

Multimedia and extras

The camera of the Samsung Onix is a discrete 3 , 2 megapixels . However, it is the same resolution that more advanced terminals have , such as the iPhone 3GS itself . With its geolocation service , images can be tagged infunction of the place where they were taken . It also has a smile detection mechanism , facial recognition and panoramic mode . Films video with QVGA resolution (240 x 320 pixels) and at 15 frames per second , in H.263, H.264 and MPEG 4 formats . As for audio , it plays MP3, AAC, AAC +, Windows Media Audio (WMA), Poly 64, SP-Midi and i-melody files . Don't forget to add an FM radio tuner with RDS . Its internal storage capacity is 200 Mb , expandable up to a maximum of 16 Gb thanks to its slot forMicroSD memory cards .

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Includes a GPS tuner that combines with the Google Latitude application . Google Latitude allows the user to know their geographical location and share it with friends and acquaintances if they wish.

Operating system and battery

Although at first it was speculated that it would work with Bada , an operating system designed by Samsung itself . However, it seems that in the end it has not been so . Instead, it will use the TouchWiz 2.0 user interface, also owned by the manufacturer . Its attractions include haptic feedback . That is, it emits a vibration when the screen is touched . The layout of the widgets is customizable . They should only be dragged with your finger . It also has the “Smart Unlock” mechanism , which unlocks the terminalafter writing a letter about it . As for e-mail , it will be possible to consult it in real time with the Microsoft Exchange Sync and Google Sync applications . With them, the user will have the opportunity to update their profile on the social networks to which they are subscribed. Samsung Onix provides direct access to several of them, such as Facebook, Twitter, Bebo and MySpace .

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Its measurements are 108.8 x 53.7 x 12.4 millimeters and it weighs 92 grams . Its battery is discreet, 1,000 mAh . Supports up to 298 minutes of talk time on 3G and 582 minutes on 2G . In standby mode, in 3G it lasts a maximum of 454 hours and 769 hours in 2G . Samsung has not yet released the availability or the price , although it has anticipated that it will be affordable . It is likely to be announced during the Mobile World Congress next week .

The best

It is quite complete , especially if its cost is indeed economical .

It can improve

If the resolution of your camera reached five megapixels, there would be no cause for complaint.

Update : the terminal will receive in Europe the name of Samsung Onix .

Data sheet

StandardHSDPA, UMTS 900 / 2,100 MHz

EDGE, GPRS 850/900 / 1,800 / 1,900 MHz

Dimensions108 x 53.7 x 12.4 mm

92 grams

Memory200 Mb expandable up to 16 GB with microSD cards

3 inch TFT touch


Camera 3.2 Megapixel sensor

Video recording at 15 fps (H.263, H.264, MPEG4)

MultimediaPlay music, video and photos
Controls and connections

TouchWiz 2.0 interface

Call / pick up / accept key

Call reject / hang up key

A-GPS with Google Latitude

USB 2.0 port

3.5mm headphone output

MicroSD card slot

PDF document viewer

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1

AutonomyIn conversation: 298 minutes on 3G

Standby: 454 hours on 3G