Samsung launches touch-screen, haptic cell phone

By , IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

Samsung's Anycall Haptic looks like a thinner version of Apple's iPhone, but
adds a new dimension to the touch interface.


The phone, launched in South Korea on Tuesday, has a large touch-screen display
that also provides haptic feedback, information transmitted via the sense of
touch, when using certain functions on the device. It means, for example, that
when the volume of the radio is changed, the phone simulates both the sound
and feel of the "clicks" on an old-style volume knob on a real radio,
said Samsung.


There are 22 kinds of vibration in total built into the phone.


The Anycall Haptic (model numbers SCH-W420 and SPH-W4200) phone has a 3.2-inch
widescreen display, a 2-megapixel digital camera, full Internet browser, Bluetooth
2.0 and terrestrial digital TV reception.

It will cost between 700,000 won and 800,000 won (US$700 to $800) in South
Korea. There's no word from Samsung on when it might be available elsewhere.

It's the second new handset launched on Tuesday in South Korea that plays on
the sense of touch but the other, LG Electronics' LG-SH240, isn't quite as high-tech.
The latter phone has a layer of silicon over the front of the phone to give
it a little elasticity and make it feel to users like they're touching human
skin. It will cost around 400,000 won.

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