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Samsung has begun showing off the SGH-i780, an upcoming Windows Mobile Smartphone that will offer a number of innovative features.

With its tablet shape and built-in keyboard, this model will start out looking like the Samsung Blackjack/i600, but there will be a number of significant differences.

For one, the i780 will run Windows Mobile 6 Professional and therefore include a touch screen, something its predecessor does not have.

In addition, this device will have an on-screen pointer controlled by what appears to be a touch pad built into the D-pad.

If that weren’t enough, this Samsung model will be the first Windows Mobile device with a 320 by 320 pixel display.

Personal thoughts:

It looks great as a business phone… but I just wonder the need for the pointer if it is touch screen… Yeah! I know, Samsung probably design it for people with one hand operations… but still… it is just weird for a small screen and I wonder how well the pointer will fit in with the thumb on the D-pad.

I currently have a Samsung i600 and it is serving me well. Solid stable phone, keypad is good to type fast, screen is sharp and bright, form factor is nice (slightly larger than the iPhone). My only complaint is the lack of touch screen on the i600… and now this i780 looks like a worthy successor.

Samsung should be better off with a custom shell like what HTC did with the TouchFLO interface, even though they are all inspired by Apple iPhone, and allow user to navigate the phone with touch. Some guy from Malaysia was able to come out with the iPhone shell just days after the Jan 07 announcement from Apple… with animation!!! Thus I don’t think it is that difficult to come out with some interface that is designed more for touch than D-pad.

Written by gooddealz

September 22, 2007 at 3:50 pm

Posted in Great Stuff

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