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Sprint to get Samsung M800 as 'iPhone killer'

updated 10:55 am EST, Thu January 10, 2008

Samsung M800 Leak

Sprint's first device to directly compare against the iPhone will be a lower-cost variant of Samsung's just-announced F490, according to a new leak. The handset will be known as the M800 in Sprint guise but should keep much of the same design, which includes an extra-wide 3.2-inch screen with largely the same touch interface as the Vodafone Croix but without the more expensive phone's slide-out keyboard. Some icons and the overall look will change to reflect the American carrier, the leak shows. Sprint's version will also use its 3G EVDO link for its Sprint TV Internet video streaming service, buying songs from the Sprint Music Store, and navigating using assisted GPS.

In addition to an iPhone-like dependence on a touch keyboard, the M800 should also save money versus the F490 by using a lower-resolution 2-megapixel camera (down from 5 megapixels). However, the device will maintain a microSD card slot and should support AAC, MP3, and WMA music playback as well as videos in H.264 and MPEG-4. Video recording in MPEG-4 is also possible. The tip does not indicate when Sprint expects to carry the new Samsung phone, though a conservative estimate would place its release within the first half of the year.



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  1. jhawk95

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    Me Too, Me Too....!!!

    Look, look... We got a phone that works just like the iPhone.... come and get it. It's not an iPhone, but it works like one... just don't ask us to make it any better... that is... until Apple forces us to by making the iPhone better.

  1. unity@mac.com

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    So sad...

    :( I wanna a "fun" button on my iPhone :(

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    Of course..

    ... that's what it's all about, just add the magic word 'touch screen' to your new phone, and bingo, you have an iPhone killer.

    Of course, it has nothing to do with a superior interface, it's all about using the right marketing lingo, right Sprint...?

  1. gitcypher

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    boooooo

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I've yet to see a samsung device that has 802.11[x] WiFi. h***, I almost bought and Ipod FOR that.

  1. thesearcher

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    M$ mice

    Not sure what mess they may or may not make with speakers, but M$ mice are just fine. And dumping a classic meeces collection just because of M$? Why?

  1. howiethemacguy

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    Looks like a**

    This just shows that Samsung doesn't get it. This won't kill the iPhone. The design on this thing sucks.

  1. henjin

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    Boring design

    The iPhone killer has to have a keyboard. The idea that Samsung or Nokia could make a touch screen phone that could work as well is silly. Just look at that ugly screen. I sent my iPhone back. Why would I buy this ugly Sprint phone? The only phone that competes and does not win is the Voyager. By does not win I mean it has been crippled by Verizon. It's actually a nice mix of touch and full keyboard. Still at least this Samsung phone has EVDO, A-GPS and the rest. The iPhone itself is crippled by Edge.

  1. Guest

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    Samsung Attacks!!!!

    Guys see what samsung had done...

    http://www.mobiledia.com/news/64573.html

    I boycott Samsung for this!

  1. Guest

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    Samsung F490 for $290usd

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  1. Guest

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    Bleh

    ok if u like the damn iphone so much than y dont u just get one n shut up about it. some of us r stuck with sprint n this is the best they can do... if u havent notice there plans r pretty good but there phones suck... show me one phone besides the one i have that is really a good phone...

    so get ur damn at&t n stay with ur iphone oh n by the way how many times did it take apple to get the stupid iphone right???

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