Samsung Gem Specs Out; Android Eclair-based Phone to Come Competitively-Priced

January 22, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Specs and features of Samsung’s upcoming Android-based CDMA phone, codenamed SCH-i100 Gem, have been revealed. Though it is not yet confirmed as to which carrier it would be on in the US, the device has earlier been spotted with Verizon branding. The Gem was recently seen on the Samsung’s website, complete with a list of specifications and functions.

The Gem will feature a 3.2 inch touchscreen with WQVGA resolution and scratch protection and anti-reflective properties. Powered by an 800 MHz processor, this could be seen as the fastest in its category.

It also has a 3.2 mega pixel camera, speakerphone and 124 MB internal memory with microSD card of up to 16 GB supported. The phone also supports 850/1900MHz CDMA spectrum and Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. The Samsung Gem measures 4.48”x 2.18” x 0.48” and weighs 3.85 ounces.

One aspect that disappoints us is that the phone uses Android 2.1 (Éclair).  May be, this could be because the Gem does not fall in the high-budget category. The Éclair OS, however, will provide access to over 100,000 Android apps for functions like turn-by-turn GPS navigation and Google Maps.

The key apps include a Swype software for easier typing on the touch screen, Samsung’s social networking software Social Hub and embedded JAVA games. Samsung, on its website, says the phone will have 800 hours standby time and 410 minutes talk time.

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