The Samsung Focus is the first smartphone from Samsung powered by Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 to be launched in Canada. It will be going on sale shortly at Rogers Wireless outlets across the country. There’s no word on the pricing or exact date of availability, although many are expecting it to be available starting on November 8th.
When it comes to the hardware, the Focus doesn’t disappoint. Let’s run down what you can expect with the Samsung Focus. First, it’s powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. However, that 8GB is expandable to 40GB by adding a 32GB MicroSD card. Next up is the brilliant 4 inch Super AMOLED screen. This is the same screen you’ve seen on many other Samsung devices as of late. There’s also a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash with the ability to record 720p HD video’s, a 1500mAh battery, Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS. It measures in at 24.7mm x 64.3mm x 9.9mm and weighs just 119.4 grams.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Samsung Focus is just how light the phone really is. In fact, it’s so light that my initial thought was that I was holding a dummy phone that you would see in the store. The next thought I had was about the build quality. If the phone is that light, there’s going to be a lot of plastic, which could result in a phone that has a lot of give in it, but that’s not the case with the Focus. Sure, it’s all plastic, but there’s no creaking or popping like you would expect on cheaper quality phones. When you slip the Focus into your pocket, you can easily forget it’s there. (more…)