Samsung Phone Joins Family of Touch-screen DevicesMoon Ihlwan
Underscoring a new tech trend this year, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics on Feb. 8 unveiled its new smart phone that lets users dial numbers and call up features by touch, rather than with a keypad. Like Apple’s innovative iPhone, the new Samsung phone, Ultra Smart F700, uses a “drag and drop” method of touch screen for easier menu navigation, scrolling through a music play list, surfing the Web, and controlling volume and brightness.
The big difference from the iPhone is that the Ultra Smart also sports a QWERTY keypad that slides open sideway for those preferring buttons and thumb-typing for sending messages and keying in search words. It also supports latest high-speed mobile technology called the High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) to let users download a 4-megabyte music file in just 4.4 seconds. The multimedia device also features a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus, a full HTML Web browser, and a video player.
The Ultra Smart, due to hit the European market in the third quarter of this year, is smaller but thicker than the iPhone. It has 2.8-inch screen (against the iPhone’s 3.5-in. screen) and is 16.4 mm thick (11.6 mm). The timing of the U.S. debut and pricing of the Samsung phone have yet to be decided. Next month, LG Electronics will start selling its touch-screen phone, called the Prada phone, which the Korean maker developed together with Italian design house Prada.