Samsung has introduced a new touch-enabled mobile phone that it hopes will help the company compete with the iPhone
The Anycall Haptic looks like a thinner version of an iPhone, but adds new dimensions to the touch interface.
The phone was introduced in South Korea on Tuesday and has a large touch-screen display that provides haptic feedback, information transmitted through 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 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 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.