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Samsung's UltraTouch Cell Phone Packs 8 Megapixels

The S8300 handset also has a sliding form factor, a touch screen, 3G connectivity, assisted GPS, Bluetooth, and multimedia capabilities.


Samsung UltraTouch S8300

Samsung UltraTouch S8300
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Samsung wanted to get the jump on all the handsets that will be unveiled at next week's Mobile World Congress, and it announced Monday a touch-screen slider phone with an 8-megapixel camera.

The Samsung UltraTouch S8300 has a sleek and thin design, and there's a numeric pad that slides out vertically for dialing and text messaging. The 2.8-inch screen uses AMOLED technology and has a 240-by-400 resolution, and Samsung said it is scratch resistant.

While the handset isn't a smartphone, it does feature Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. The UI is currently on a slate of Samsung devices like the Omnia smartphone, and it enabled one-touch access to things such as stocks, weather, and other Web-based information. The UltraTouch should be one of the first to have the revamped version, and Samsung said it will have new gesture controls, 3-D effects, more haptic feedback, and better integration of contacts and photos.

"We are committed to strengthening our portfolio of full-touch phones by introducing a variety of handsets to suit every lifestyle," said JK Shin, head of Samsung's mobile communication division, in a statement. "UltraTouch leads this portfolio as our most iconic, high-end phone, and will further enhance Samsung's leadership in the premium full-touch market."

The camera should please shutterbugs that are looking for a possible digital camera replacement, and it has a dual LED flash and can record video. There will be face- and smile-detection technology, and users will be able to geotag their photos thanks to the integrated GPS chip. Pictures can be uploaded to Web-based services with the HSDPA 3G, which can get up to 7.2 Mbps downlink.

The UltraTouch will also have a multimedia player and FM radio, be capable of receiving e-mail, and have Bluetooth version 2.0. Pricing and availability weren't immediately announced.

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