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Samsung unveils thin satellite TV phone

Samsung has taken the wraps off a new mobile phone that can receive radio and TV broadcasts direct from a satellite.

The SCH-B500 phone is the thinnest handset yet to support the service, which is called S-DMB (Satellite Digital Mobile Broadcasting) and is only available in South Korea. It's 13.5mm thick, which is about half the thickness of first-generation models that went on sale in early 2005, and is 101mm long by 52mm wide. It weighs 100g, which is also lighter than earlier models.

The phone is compatible with the CDMA2000 1x EVDO mobile standard and packs a 2Mp (megapixel) digital still camera, a QVGA resolution (240x320 pixels) display, MP3 player, Bluetooth, document view and TV output. There's also an audio book feature that will read aloud three fairy tales in any of four languages: Korean, Chinese, Japanese and English.

Like other similar phones the SCH-B500 will only be available in South Korea. The S-DMB signal from local provider TU Media only covers the Korean mainland, so it wouldn't be very useful in other regions anyway. No price was provided.

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