The S5260 Monte has been made official this week, a few days ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress. Do Samsung have so many exciting top-range handsets that they feel the need to announce their mid-range devices before the big event? We certainly hope so!
Anyway, back to the Monte. From its spec sheet, it looks to be the replacement for the year-old S5600 Preston:
- A 3″ capacitive touchscreen.
- Wi-Fi and Assisted GPS.
- 3.2 megapixel camera.
- MicroSD card slot.
- 3G with HSPDA.
The Monte uses Samsung’s familiar TouchWiz user interface, this time in the form of version 2.0, but it has had a few social networking tweaks added, including the addition of Google Latitude to the existing roster of Facebook, Twitter and MySpace widgets. The design has changed a little from the Preston, with call start and end keys taking a far more Samsung-retro style than the minimalist approach found on its predecessor.
Just because it has been made official now, doesn’t mean the Monte won’t be on display at MWC, as it’s there where we will find out about pricing and the scheduled release date.