The Samsung Corby got a Wi-Fi enabled borther recently, but it turns out, they are actually triplets - the Samsung M5650 Lindy being their sister. With 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi and improved camera and almost the same price, it seems almost too good to be true.
The original - the Samsung S3650 Corby - is one of the most affordable touch phones on the market right now. It has a colorful exterior but its specs scream entry level. Then (unofficially) came the Samsung S3650W Corby, adding Wi-Fi connectivity to the mix.
And out of the blue, the Samsung M5650 Lindy appeared in stores. The 3G connectivity is serious stuff - 7.2Mbps HSDPA and video calling (with a video call camera no less). Coupled with the Wi-Fi support the M5650 Lindy has admirable connectivity prowess.
The good stuff doesn't end here - the camera got a resolution bump and now captures 3-megapixel images. It's not much but that puts it on par with all of its market rivals - Samsung S5230 Star (and the Wi-Fi enabled Samsung S5230W Star WiFi), LG KP500 Cookie and the LG GD510 Pop.
Even the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is not safe - the Lindy has dedicated music keys. The Finn edges out because it's a smartphone and the better screen - 0.1" bigger, nHD resolution versus the QVGA of the Samsung M5650 Lindy. The Lindy has 3G connectivity that the Nokia 5530 lacks, but misses a 3.5mm audio jack, which might be the final deciding factor.
Despite all the new gadgetry jammed inside the Samsung M5650 Lindy, it's bigger than the Samsung S3650 Corby only by a hair, measuring 106 x 57 x 12 mm and 98 grams. The Lindy features Samsung's TouchWiz interface, which brings goodies like one finger zoom and Smart unlock along with it.
Now, for the best part of this bit of news - the cost. The Samsung M5650 Lindy is currently available in Portugal for 149 euro (221 US dollars) on a promotion through Portuguese telecom TMN. The other listed price is 159 euro (236 dollars) for when the promotion ends we guess.
Since the Samsung M5650 Lindy tip-toed into availability, we don't have more information on it. The only other store we found it in is Spanish site Fresma Logistic - they list the M5650 Lindy as available, but there is no price or "Buy" button in sight.