Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Samsung answer to iPhone challenge

If we put aside Meizu’s M8 of the iPhone look alike, then the Samsung’s SCH-W420 is most likely to be the closest contender to iPhone right now. Just by seeing the picture on the left, we can feel how close the similarity it is. Samsung gave a kinda strange name for a device, it’s called AnyCall Haptic. But there’s a meaning behind that name, as I’ll quote it from Martyn Williams’ article (IDG News Service – via PC World here): “The phone, launched in South Korea on Tuesday, has a large touch-screen display that also provides haptic feedback, information transmitted via the sense of touch, when using certain functions on the device. It means, for example, that when the volume of the radio is changed, the phone simulates both the sound and feel of the "clicks" on an old-style volume knob on a real radio,…”. It’s a pretty new cool feature that none mobile phones have, and that’s why the device has 22 kinds of vibration in total built in it!
These are the other quick specs Samsung puts into the AnyCall Haptic:

  • 3.2-inch screen display

  • A 2 megapixel camera and Bluetooth 2.0 connection

  • Full Internet browser

  • Terrestrial digital TV reception

Right now the Korean consumers can have it for roughly at between 700,000 to 80,000 Kwon, that would be around US$700-800. If you can’t wait for it to arrive at your local mobile phones store, then kick-in the video of it at Engadget here.
(blogged with my Treo 750v)

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