2004 Holiday Pre-Preview
SCH-N330 i600 and P735
Samsung was pimping one all-new phone, and showing off a couple of other notable upcoming models.
The all-new phone is the SCH-N330, an entry-level CDMA phone with a unique pop-up display. The pop-up mechanism is very similar to the one in Samsung's Matrix Phone from last year.
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The N330's spring-loaded display is raised by pressing the two white release buttons on the sides of the phone. You have to press both buttons at the same time, which is a bit cumbersome, but it does help prevent the phone from accidentally popping open in a pocket or purse.
Features include downloadable games and ringtones, a speakerphone, and an internal antenna. Since this is an entry-level model, the display is the cheaper STN type, so it's nothing to write home about.
One extra little feature is that the N330 can vibrate in sync with ringers and games. Although increasingly common with other brands, this feature is apparently new for Samsung.
Samsung has not yet announced carrier or pricing info for the SCH-N330, but "SCH" models typically go to Verizon, and the demo model I tried had a menu for "Get It Now", Verizon's brand for BREW services. Plus there's the Get It Now logo on the keypad, so I think it's pretty obvious that the blue tape you see in the photos was covering up a Verizon logo. Since this is an entry-level model targeted at youth, the price should be reasonable.
The N330 is expected to be available around October. The timing, price, features, and unique design all seem to scream "holiday gift", and I'm sure that's exactly what Samsung has in mind.
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