Samsung Announces World’s First GSM TV Phone

Samsung recently announced two new high-end phones for the U.S., including the world’s first GSM phone with a built-in TV tuner. Both models are clamshell GSM 900/1900 phones with WAP 2.0, MIDP 2.0 Java, MMS, infrared and 40-chord polyphonic ringtones.

SGH-E715 is a compact and lightweight dual-frequency GSM/GPRS phone with an embedded VGA camera. This unique folding model has a camera mounted on the front and an internal antenna. The external LCD can be used as the viewfinder, allowing for picture-taking without ever having to open the phone. Various stored image templates can be used to decorate the snapshots. And, with its LED light, the SGH-E715 can even take clear, sharp images in the dark.

SGH-P705 is a phone and an NTSC television that’s small and light enough to fit in your shirt pocket, which also provides full GSM/GPRS capabilities. Despite the diminutive size, the device’s striking, 262,144 color TFT LCD display provides true to life images to ensure viewing pleasure. And, if a particular scene grabs your interest, SGH-P705 can even capture that image can and send it to other parties using embedded multimedia messaging service support. The phone also includes 40 polyphonic ring tones and a built-in WAP 2.0 browser to match up to any other GPRS phone in the market.


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