The Samsung i8 is just slightly smaller than the existing i85 model, being 4mm less wide, and 2.5mm shorter than its older sibling. For $50 less than that camera, you get photos with almost exactly the same resolution from an imager of similar size, but the i8's 3x optical zoom Samsung NV lens is rather less versatile than the 5x optical zoom in the i85.
The i8's LCD display is also slightly smaller, at 2.7" instead of 3". The i8 also uses a different battery pack, but most other specifications are similar to the i85. It should be noted that quite a few of the specifications we received were marked as preliminary, including the image resolutions, storage types, ISO sensitivity and flash range.
When in PMP mode, i8 users can listen to their favorite MP3 files or watch their favorite videos on the camera's high-resolution display. The bundled Digimax Converter software converts the user's MPEG, AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF files for viewing on the i8. The software can also convert MP3 and WAV audio files. The innovative software also allows users to view subtitles, adjust the screen size and crop and stretch the image to fit the screen as desired. To listen to videos or music, the i8 features a 2.5mm headphone jack and external speaker boasting SRS 3D acoustic technology. Additionally, like the i85, the i8 also features Samsung's World Tour Guide function, which provides travel information covering 4,500 regions in 30 countries.
The Samsung i8 goes on sale from February 2008, priced at US$299 MSRP.