Update: This preview was written based on limited experience with this device. A much more in-depth version, based on extensive use of this model, is now available: Samsung Impression Review
The Samsung Impression is AT&T’s latest high-end featurephone. It is the first phone widely available in the U.S. with an AMOLED display, and it debuted today at a mid-range price.
Samsung was showing off the Impression at last week’s CTIA tradeshow, and while I was there I recorded a video preview of this model:
An Overview of the Samsung Impression
The Impression has a fairly common design for a smartphone: a slider with a 3.2-inch Touchscreen and a landscape-oriented keyboard.
It’s the AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen that sets it apart from the competition. OLED displays take advantage of the fact that some organic compounds glow when an electrical current is applied to them. This means there is no need of a backlight, as the individual pixels provide their own light. This allows OLED screens to be thinner and lighter than standard LEDs. Colors also tend to be more vivid.
Active-matrix OLEDs require a thin film transistor backplane to turn each pixel on or off, and can make higher-resolution and larger size displays possible.
The Samsung Impression runs a proprietary operating system, but still offers most of the features people expect in a smartphone, including a robust web browser and support for AT&T’s Cellular Video service.
The Impression is a quad-band world phone that supports AT&T’s 3G service, and also sports Bluetooth.
Pricing and Availability
The Samsung Impression is available now for $200.
It can be purchased from AT&T’s website.