updated 10:20 am EST, Mon November 27, 2006
Samsung B5800 Slider Phone
Electronics maker Samsung today introduced its distinctive B5800 slider phone to Korea. The design shows a strong resemblance to LG's popular Chocolate handset and shares the concept of a central, circular navigation pad as well as contrasting number keys. Unlike the simpler LG design, however, the new Samsung device uses a scroll wheel with embedded buttons underneath that provide quick access to key functions: services such as e-mail and high-speed Internet access can be selected through a tap in a particular direction, similar to the iPod's click wheel.
The B5800 similarly adds support for Korea's ubiquitous DMB mobile TV format and can snap 2-megapixel photos, an upgrade from the 1.3 megapixels of LG's design. Bluetooth, MP3 music support, and a microSD card slot form the rest of its core features. Samsung is currently shipping the B5800 to Korea through cellular provider KTF; a North American release will likely depend upon either changing or removing the phone's TV support. Profile photos are available after the jump courtesy of Akihabara News.