It took a little while but Samsung has finally released its first Android based device for South Korea, where the company’s head offices are based. Turning to home, Samsung has upped the ante a little with this premium device and offers a number of desirable hardware features. However, the real bait is the Android 2.1 operating system that will run on this device. This will be Samsung’s first Android offering in its home country and will become available from March with SK Telecom.

In terms of the SHW-M100S’s hardware, things are good, but for a for a South Korea device, not revolutionary. The processor is only 800MHz, and not a 1Ghz chip that might be expected. The screen is excellent, however, measuring in at 3.7-inch (WVGA) and of course offers Samsung’s AMOLED touchscreen technology. This screen will work wonders when viewing the photos taken on the cameras 5MP camera with 720p video recording support. Obviously the high-speed connectivity in South Korea is outstanding but the phone will offer Wi-Fi (802.11n) for those ‘dead spots’. The device also presents T-DMB OTA television support. Again, this is something very popular in East Asia. Throw in DivX support and a 3.5mm headphone jack and we clearly have a strong multimedia contender too. There is also the customary GPS chipset to assist in finding ones way.

The only odd thing is that Samsung have worked in a recent version of their Touch Wiz User Interface on top of Android. We’re not sure how popular this is out in South Korea, but Samsung always offer the user the ability to remove it should they wish to do so. No worries here then.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.