Today on the SlashGear test bench we have another neat Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device to show everyone. Announced back in September and hitting the shelves in just a few days is the Samsung Focus Flash and the Samsung Focus S. While very similar, today we'll be quickly showing you the smaller of the two, the Focus Flash. It may be smaller in size but the specs are very similar and this AMOLED packing smartphone both looks and feels impressive.
If you've used a Samsung smartphone in the past the look and feel will both be familiar here. The difference is we have Windows Phone 7.5 Mango on board with the Focus Flash. It also looks very similar to the original Samsung Focus we reviewed here, only the screen is actually smaller coming in at just 3.7" rather than a 4" display like the original. There is a trade off though, we have a faster 1.4 GHz processor on the new Focus Flash and a dedicated hardware home button too. Below is our hands-on pictures and videos for you to enjoy.
Samsung Focus Flash WP7 hands-on and unboxing
With the new Focus Flash like mentioned above we have a 3.7" AMOLED display and as usual the colors are vivid and crisp like we've come to expect from Samsung AMOLED's. Along with a 1.4 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera around the rear with LED flash and a 1.3 front camera for chatting. The Focus comes with a 1500 mAh battery and sadly it does not feature a micro-SD slot for expanded storage. This was one of my biggest complaints while looking over this sleek and actually quite nice device. They do provide 8GB of internal storage, 6GB or so of which is usable.
We have a capable 5MP camera on the rear that shoots 720p video and should take some great pictures and we'll be sure to test both in the full review -- you can expect that coming soon. The hardware is really nice and for the price they'll be offering this phone at it actually feels both durable, and very solid. That price will be just $49 with a new contact, making this one stellar deal. The edges aren't as round as the original and it takes a more squared approach up front while the back keeps that comfortable curved design. The main thing here is the price, and that it comes with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango out of the box.
With Windows Phone 7.5 Mango we have a considerable step up in features and overall performance compared to v7 that launched a little over a year ago. We've reviewed 7.5 Mango in depth here, and everything is basically unchanged here with the new Focus Flash.
We'll be sure to put the Samsung Focus Flash through the paces and see what she's got in a full SlashGear review, but for now feel free to look over our recent Nokia Lumia 800 review, which also runs with 7.5 Mango. For now enjoy a few more pictures and come back soon for the in-depth look at the Samsung Focus Flash.