Samsung Electronics unveiled a new cell phone on Thursday, with media capabilities and a touch-screen similar to Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone. The unit also contains a full qwerty-keypad that slides out at its base.
The new Ultra Smart F700, will sport many of the features that made Apple's iPhone a hit at this year's Macworld Expo in January. Both devices feature touch-screen displays that cover the front, and both devices will feature Internet and media capabilities, in similar form-factors.
Samsung's phone, however, packed a 5 mega-pixel camera into the phone's frame, offering over twice the performance of the iPhone's 2 mega-pixel counterpart. It will also feature a microSD slot for additional storage and Bluetooth support.
Of the most notable features, however, is a full QWERTY keyboard tucked behind the screen and support for 3G networks. The device's combination of a traditional input device, mixed with download speeds up to 7.2Mbit/sec, may appeal to enterprise level buyers and prosumers who need frequent access to email.
Though Apple does allow keyboard input, it is offered through a virtual display on the screen as opposed to a tangible keyboard. The move has led some experts to deem it suitable for casual use, ahead of its June release.
The iPhone has been priced at $499 for the lower end model and $599 for the more higher end version. Samsung did not say how much the device would cost - nor how much memory it will have, when it will be released and which cellular operators will offer it.
The device will be showcased at next weekâ€™s 3GSM World Conference in Barcelona, Spain, however.