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Samsung Touch Ultra phone set for release

Touchscreen handset launching next week

Samsung has unveiled its latest phone aimed at the full touchscreen end of the market that was ignited by Apple's iPhone.

The Touch Ultra is a slider-type that has a 2.8in OLED screen with 240 pixel by 400 pixel (WQVGA) resolution. As with all sliders the bottom half of the phone's body can be slid down to reveal a keypad. On the Touch Ultra it's a basic 10-button number keypad. There's also three function buttons underneath the main display on the phone's face.

The phone is 12.7mm thick and packs an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and smile mode that snaps a picture only when people are smiling. Also included is GPS for navigation and geo-tagging of photos. Video recording it at 30 frames per second in VGA (640 pixel by 480 pixel) quality.

Samsung Touch Ultra

The phone is a WCDMA (wideband code division multiple access) model with 7.2Mbps HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) data support.

Other features including video playback for DivX, XviD, H.263, H.264, Windows Media Video 9 and MPEG4 files, FM radio, music player and Bluetooth 2.0. The phone ships with 80MB of internal memory.

The Touch Ultra will be on show at next week's Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona.

Samsung didn't announce a launch date or price for the phone.

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