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Samsung cellphone doubles as digital camera

Manufacturer promotes technology convergence

The line of innovative mobile telephones from Samsung has been continued with the debut of a cellular handset with built-in digital camera.

The SCH-V200 features a CCD (Charge Coupled Device) image pickup on the back of the telephone handset. It is capable of taking pictures at a resolution of 640x480 pixels and in this mode up to 20 images can be snapped by the user, while a second mode allows 26 images of lower quality to be taken. The pictures can then be transferred to a PC.

The telephone is the latest in a line of dual device cellular handsets developed by Samsung. Previous telephones have included an MP3 player, television and Internet access and the company has also developed a handset that can be worn on the wrist.

A launch date and pricing for the UK was unavailable.

Samsung claimed it was targeting the device at young professionals, but that it would also be useful in situations where pictures need to be taken unexpectedly, such as after a road accident.

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