AT&T Samsung Focus S Hardware Tour (Video)

The AT&T Samsung Focus S is quite an upgrade over last year’s Windows Phones in the specs department. Its dimensions are 66.8 x 126 x 8.38mm, and weighs only 110g. That’s very thin and light! Its 32bit Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T processor runs at 1400MHz. It’s got 15258MiB ROM as well and an amazing 4.3″ 480×800 Super AM-OLED Plus LCD screen. For GSM and 3G band support, it has GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100. It’s also got a new 8 Megapixel camera with flash and focus illuminator, as well as a secondary front-facing camera.

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The build quality feels a little better than usual for Samsung devices. The back battery cover is still very bendy which feels fragile, but it seems like it would actually be difficult to break (since it is so flexible). If you’ve held or used a Samsung Galaxy S 2 devices, the Focus S is extremely similar. It’s like the design team wanted to save money by releasing the same phone with a different operating system… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

The camera button is also much improved over older Windows Phones. It has a distinct tactile feel to it so that you can easily recognize it by touch without having to look at the device. It’s also got more play so that you can feel for the half-press to focus and then the full press to capture the image.

There are a few other hardware related features controlled by software settings that we’ll show you in the next video. For example, there’s a special setting to adjust the color intensity of the screen when you’re using the “light” theme, there’s a switch for haptic feedback, and another for echo cancellation.

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!