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January 06, 2006

Samsung a930

Samsung SCH-a930Engadget reports on the Samsung a930, a mid-range camera phone that's expected in the first quarter of this year.

Samsung a930 features include:

* 1.3 megapixel camera
* Bluetooth
* MicroSD
* video and music on demand
* dedicated playback buttons

Update: Verizon announced the Samsung SCH-a930 today. The SCH-a930 is a music phone that offers Verizon's V CAST music and sports a 1.3 megapixel camera.

Mobiledia reviews the Samsung SCH-A930 and talks about the phone's camera: "advanced options only normally found on standalone digital cameras are available on the A930 as well, such as Multi-Shot (Series Shot, Divided Shot, Auto, and Manual) and Metering (Average, Center, and Spot). ... Compared to other handhelds on the market, the A930's 1.3-megapixel camera is average, much better than prior generation VGA cameras, but still trailing cutting edge 2.0- and 3.2-megapixel pioneers. The bundled image correction filters and camera options are useful, and at 1280 x 960 px, photos are large enough for adequate print, letting consumers leave the digital camera at home."

CNET reviews the Samsung SCH-A930 and finds that while it makes a decent showing, there are better choices in Verizon's EV-DO lineup. About the phone's camera: "The 1.3-megapixel camera can take pictures in four resolutions, from 160x120 up to 1,280x960. Other settings were plentiful. You can choose from six white-balance options, six color effects, four metering options, a multishot feature, three quality options, and three shutter sounds (plus a silent option). There's also a flash, a self-timer, and a 10X digital zoom, though the last option is unusable at the highest resolution. We weren't huge fans of Verizon's menu structure, but we loved the photo menu, which allows you to keep viewing your subject, while various pop-up menus display the editing choices."

Infosync reviews the Samsung SCH-A930 and comments on the phone's camera: "Our test snapshots with the 1.3-megapixel camera looked bright and relatively sharp, although colors looked a tad blotchy, while the clips we shot with the camcorder were juttery and blocky, as expected. We liked the rotating camera lens embedded in the phone's hinge, and the camera also boasts an LED flash, an auto timer, a mult-shot mode, and a series of white-balance and color settings."

PCMag reviews the Samsung SCH-a930 and writes, "Even though they're a little soft, the a930's 1.3-megapixel camera takes better pictures than the ones on either the Samsung a950 or the Motorola V3m, and colors were relatively bright and true. There's definitely color haloing in outdoors shots and a tendency for bright backgrounds to bleed, but that's common on 1MP camera phones. Videos are 176-by-144 at a choppy 13 frames per second, but you can record video of any length. The tiny integrated flash is as useless as these things almost always are. ... This unusual-looking black phone works best for voice calling and has a decent camera, but it has problems with data reception."

Excerpt from the news release:

Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) today announced the availability of the SCH-a930, a wireless phone that transforms customers into toe-tapping, head- bobbing karaoke stars. The SCH-a930 is the latest phone to offer V CAST Music and includes dual stereo speakers, removable memory and dedicated music playback keys.

The number of songs is limited only by the size of the microSD(TM) memory card* being used in the SCH-a930's expandable memory slot and customers can manage their music on multiple cards, enabling them to take even the largest music collection with them wherever they go. The SCH-a930 also has dedicated external music keys that allow consumers to play, fast-forward, rewind and pause their favorite tunes that help make managing and listening to favorite songs a breeze.

The SCH-a930 wouldn't be complete without its integrated 1.3 megapixel digital camera and camcorder that allows busy consumers to capture still images or video clips to send and share with family and friends. The SCH-a930 also supports Bluetooth(R) profiles for headsets, dial-up networking, serial ports and various hands-free accessories.**

Key features of the new SCH-a930 from Verizon Wireless include:

* V CAST-capable
* Get It Now -capable - download games, ring tones, wallpapers and more
* Mobile Web 2.0(SM)-capable - customizable, enhanced wireless access to the latest in news, sports, weather and more
* 1.3 megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus, 10 step digital zoom
* Camcorder
* Bluetooth wireless technology support
* Expandable memory with microSD memory card slot
* Speakerphone with dual stereo speakers
* Voice dialing with advanced speech recognition
* Dual displays:
o Internal: 262K-color, TFT, 176x220 pixel
o External: 4 grey, OLED, 176x16 pixel
* VibeTonz(R)-enhanced Ringtones
* Dimensions: 3.59" x 1.91" x .95"; 3.98 ounces with standard battery
* T-9(R) easy text input
* TTY compatible
* Bilingual user interface: English and Spanish
* Personal organizer with calendar, calculator, to-do list, currency converter, alarm clock, world time
* All digital
* Talk time: 230 minutes; standby time: 200 hours

The SCH-a930 is available for $99.99 after $50.00 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement and is currently available in more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at

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