Samsung Electronics will next week will begin selling its second mobile phone to include a hard-disk drive, the company said today.

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 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-disk drive has a 3GB capacity, 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 MPEG-4/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC, AAC+ and MP3 audio. Other features of the clamshell handset include a 2-megapixel camera with 2X optical zoom and TV output socket. The screen is a QVGA (240 pixels by 320 pixels) resolution TFT (thin film transistor) LCD (liquid crystal display).

It measures 103 millimetres by 52 mm by 27.6 mm and weighs 165 grams. It will cost about $700 in South Korea, Samsung said.

Samsung is also preparing a hard-disk-based smart phone for the European market. The SGH-I300 also packs a 3GB hard-disk drive and runs on Microsoft Corp's Windows Mobile operating system. Current plans call for the phone to go on sale in Europe in November, Samsung said.

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