Samsung Demoing Innovative Smartphone

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Samsung has begun showing off the SGH-i780, an upcoming Windows Mobile Smartphone that will offer a number of innovative features.

Samsung i780
Samsung i780
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With its tablet shape and built-in keyboard, this model will start out looking like the Samsung BlackJack/i320, but there will be a number of significant differences.

For one, the i780 will run Windows Mobile 6 Professional and therefore include a touchscreen, something its predecessor does not have.

In addition, this device will have an on-screen pointer controlled by what appears to be a touchpad built into the D-pad.

If that weren’t enough, this Samsung model will be the first Windows Mobile device with a 320 by 320 pixel display. The latest version of this operating system is the first to offer this screen resolution, and many had assumed Palm, Inc. would be the first the announce a model using it, as all its Palm OS-based smartphones have this screen resolution.

This display will be 2.55 inches.

No Love for America?

It will be a tri-band GSM phone with GPRS and EDGE, and offer single-band UMTS/HSDPA. The i780 will also sport WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

There’s bad news for those in N. America who are interested in this smartphone. As it stands now, the i780 will only include the wireless frequencies used in Europe and the Asia/Pacific regions. Still, a version for the United States could be announced later.

In addition, this smartphone will have a GPS receiver and a microSD slot.

There’s no word yet on when the SGH-i780 will be on the market, or what it will cost.

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