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Samsung intros UltraTOUCH phone with AMOLED

updated 08:40 am EST, Mon February 9, 2009

Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH

Samsung this morning got an early start on Mobile World Congress with a new, flagship touchscreen phone. The S8300 UltraTOUCH revolves around a 2.8-inch active matrix OLED (AMOLED) touchscreen that eliminates most of the weaknesses of these displays. In addition to much better color accuracy than an LCD, the new panel is also scratch-resistant and even has measures to reduce the smudging common to finger-driven touch displays. Samsung has also improved its TouchWiz on-screen interface to let users easily drag widgets in and out, and gives the phone a slide-out number pad for quicker phone dialing.

The handset is suitably high-end in other areas and carries an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flashes and smile detection; it uses HSPA for 3G networking up to 7.2Mbps downstream and GPS for navigation. Music, video and other content is stored on microSDHC cards up to 16GB in size. Samsung hasn't said when the UltraTOUCH will ship or whether it will support North American frequencies, though a European launch is certain. [via Akihabara]




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  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Thank you Apple...

    For decades we suffered from a lack of innovation in the cell industry. Then Apple threw down a challenge with their iPhone, and suddenly there is a burst of creativity and innovation across the entire market. We owe them a debt, just as we do for the Mac.

    Anyone who thinks Apple's importance to the technology industry is over-estimated, isn't paying attention. It's unfortunate that we can't get them involved in more stagnant sectors.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's been said that

    Apple merely copied other cellphones and made the technology better or more widespread. It appears that Apple can deliver the whole package of marketing a well-known brand, sales, and a wide range of loyal customers. Whatever, no company will ever admit to Apple basically advancing the handset technology by about five years and taking away carrier control in the U.S. Palm might have been able to do it, but I guess the company just got lazy.

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