Can you guess what portrait qwerty slider won an award for its design and innovation at CES? No, its not Palm’s new Pre. It is actually Samsung’s i627. The awarded device, is mostly a US edition of the European i620, but it adds some new features.
The specification sheet for i627, includes on top of Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, aGPS, 3MP camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G support and of course a sliding qwerty keyboard. Although looks are objective, I have to admit that Samsung’s qwerty sliders look very slick. And if the i627 is anything like the i620 then it will make a decent phone as well, since most i620 reviews are positive.
Samsung did rather good on this year’s CES, as seven more handset received the Design and Engineering Honorees. According to Reuters:
Eight of Samsung`s innovative handsets received Design and Engineering Honorees in the wireless handsets category, more than any other wireless distributor in 2009. The winning handsets include the Samsung Omnia, Samsung Instinct, Samsung Eternity, Samsung Epix, Samsung Highnote, Samsung Access, z400 and i627.