Serene is a mobile phone produced as a joint venture between Samsung Electronics and Bang & Olufsen. It was released in the last quarter of 2005 in Europe. It was available in select stores throughout the world and cost $1275 (~€1000).
A successor to the Serene called the Serenata was announced and released in October 2007. It features a slide out speaker and has a heavy focus on the music functions of the handset. +more Serenata retailed for $2000.
The joint venture
Bang & Olufsen and Samsung formed the joint venture with the aim of competing in the high end mobile phone market, primarily competing with several handsets from Nokia. The partnership has drawn on the design strengths of Bang & Olufsen and Samsung's mobile phone technology enabling Bang & Olufsen to re-enter the mobile phone market after an absence of several years and Samsung to expand into premium mobile phones.
It is not the first time that Bang & Olufsen has worked with other companies to produce mobile phones. Notably the BeoCom 9800 was produced with Philips and the BeoCom 9500 was produced in partnership with Ericsson.
Like most Bang & Olufsen products, the phone is industrially simplistic. The concept of the phone was brought down to pure communication and, although the phone can facilitate voice calls, text messages, multimedia messages and take pictures, its camera is only 0. +more3 megapixels and common, often expected, features of many common phones, such as games are not present.
The phone consists of two halves on an aluminium hinge. The hinges have an internal power assist motor to help open the phone completely. +more One half features a circular keypad with an iPod-style scroll wheel, and the other features a liquid crystal display. The handset was designed so that for standard use the screen is at the bottom of the phone, and the keypad is on the half that flips out. This was for two reasons: It stops the phone from getting greasy when you talk, and it also improves the weight balance while holding the phone. The handset also inverts so you can hold the phone up the other way if you so wished.
There are some major ergonomic flaws in the Serene. The camera is located on the side of the phone on one of the hinges which makes taking photos hard. +more In addition, you must use a special screwdriver to access the battery compartment.
|Form factor||Clamshell / Transformer|
|GSM frequencies||900/1800/1900 MHz|
|Screen||TFT, 256K colours, 320x240 pixels|
|Camera||0. 3 Megapixels|
|Built-in memory||31 MB|
|Memory card slot||No|
|Data cable support||Yes|
|Browser||1. +more2. 1|
|Polyphonic tones||Yes, 64 chords|
|Battery||Li-Ion 800 mAh|
|Talk time||Up to 3 h 30 min|
|Standby time||Up to 225 h|
|Dimensions||64. 7x69. 7x23. 9 millimeters|