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Samsung unveils iPhone-like smart phone

updated 10:35 am EST, Thu February 8, 2007

Samsung takes on iPhone

Samsung today unveiled the Ultra Smart F700, which it claims is one of the world's most advanced smartphones. The device closely resembles the minimalist design of Apple's iPhone, and is targeted at the "recent trend" in touchscreens. The phone features a 2.8-inch 440x240 screen to control calling, internet access, and music functions. Samsung's Ultra Smart F700 also includes VibeTonz, a vibration system introduced in the recent W559 that simulates tactile feedback to touchscreen presses. A single navigation button near the bottom of the phone resembles the single button on Apple's iPhone, while rounded corners and a rectangular shape give the Ultra Smart F700 an iPhone-like appearance. The device includes a slide-out keyboard to accommodate typing and Web browsing, according to Electronista.

Other technical aspects are also superior based on the company's specifications, with a 5-megapixel camera offering auto-focus that bests the iPhone's 2-megapixel unit. The new Ultra is also touted as one of the fastest internet-capable phones anywhere: support is provided for HSDPA as well as the new, 7.2Mbps download rates of the 3G wireless standard. The speed combined with the large screen enables the phone to receive a 4MB MP3 file in 4.4 seconds. Media playback support includes multiple AAC audio formats, Real, and variants of MPEG-4 including H.264.

The phone will make its public debut next week at 3GSM and should be available internationally later this year. A U.S. release is currently unlikely, however, as the phone uses only a tri-band GSM radio -- effectively shutting it out from most if not all North American carriers. The Ultra Smart joins the company's previously announced Ultra Music and Ultra Video models.

In related news, Microsoft today debuted Windows Mobile 6, the latest version of its operating system for cellular phones with several features designed to plug the holes that Apple claims to have addressed with its iPhone. Optimizations with the Device Center in Windows Vista enable Windows Mobile 6 to automatically sync music, photos, and other media without requiring separate software. The update also addresses a core problem with Web rendering, with a 30 percent improvement in speed for Internet Explorer alongside integrated mail software that supports HTML for virtually every mail format.

The company will release three editions of Windows Mobile 6 which include Classic for PDAs, Standard for intermediate smartphones, and Professional for advanced communicators. The new software offers tighter integration with the internet, and offers built-in integration with Windows Live. Microsoft says the new software offers Mail, Messenger, Search, and Spaces built-in.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Anemia

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh good

    Another whiz bang device we can't use in America. Also, somebody really ought to read these articles before they get posted. "The speed combined with the large screen enables the phone to receive a 4MB MP3 file in 4.4 seconds." How exactly does the large screen allow faster file transfer?

  1. Tins

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's Chaos Theory Anemia

    If an elephant farts in west India, then larger screens get faster downloads. See?

  1. Tins

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Also, this just in . . .

    Get a free desktop image featuring all the shameless iPhone rip offs when you buy Vista, the shameless rip off of Mac OS X.

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    zealots bend over

    So can any zealots offer a reasonable excuse why the iPhone cannot have some of the features that Samsung has.

    Steve's blowJobs is an idiot who loves to offer underpowered, underfeatured devices and sells them at premium prices

  1. doctor9

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: zealots bend over

    Because then it wouldn't work in the US seems to be the obvious answer...for an acute reader.

    As for the Jobs derision, I notice the article doesn't provide a price from Samsung. I'd be surprised if it were less than $500. So be careful that you haven't placed your foot in your mouth with your bombastic statement.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    large screen?

    smaller than the iPhones... And how exactly does the large screen enable faster downloads?

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm sure his foot is down

    I'm sure his foot is in his stomach. The LG Prada is $799. And excuse me but I seriously don't recall the iPhone as being under powered and it has one feature no other manufacturer can match. It's running OSX instead of that prehistoric Windows CE operating system.

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