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Samsung to launch second hard-disk mobile phone

One year on from groundbreaking release

Next week Samsung Electronics will begin selling its second mobile phone featuring a hard disk drive, the company said on Monday. It also announced that it is preparing a hard-disk-based phone for the European market.

The launch of the SPH-V7900 comes less than a year after Samsung became the first mobile-phone maker in the world to put a hard disk drive phone on the market. The first, the SPH-V5400, went on sale in December 2004.

Like its predecessor, the new phone will be a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) model and sold in South Korea only. The hard drive has a capacity of 3GB, which is twice that of the previous phone and enough space for several hundred audio files or a few hours of video.

The phone can play files in several formats including Mpeg4/H.264 video and Mpeg4 AAC, AAC+ and MP3 audio. Other features of the clamshell handset include a 2Mp (megapixel) camera with 2x optical zoom and TV output socket. The screen is a QVGA (240x320 pixels) resolution TFT LCD.

It measures 103x52x27.6mm and weighs 165g. It will cost about £400 in South Korea, Samsung said.

Samsung is also preparing a hard-drive-based smartphone for the European market. The SGH-I300 also packs a 3GB hard disk drive and runs on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system. Samsung first showed the phone at the CeBit show in Hanover, Germany, in March this year but hasn’t put it on sale yet. Under current plans, the phone will go on sale in Europe in November, Samsung said on Monday.

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