updated 08:35 am EDT, Wed May 28, 2008
Samsung hoped to draw extra attention on Wednesday by unveiling the L870, its latest slider phone. The handset is said to not only use a full HTML web browser but allegedly uses the mobile version of Apple's Safari web browser. The company doesn't mention receiving permission from Apple for the product and also fails to explain how the software would be used on the device: aside from the need to port from OS X iPhone to the Symbian Series 60 OS used by the phone as well as changing controls to use a conventional directional pad as the interface instead of the iPhone's multi-touch display.
Electronista has contacted Apple to verify the accuracy of the claim but is still awaiting an official response.
Regardless of claimed browser support, the L870 takes advantage of Symbian to provide "push" mail through several clients as well as a themed interface and third-party apps, including a viewer for Office-formatted files.
The phone also sports a dedicated media player for music and video stored off of a microSD slot, an FM radio tuner, and a three-megapixel camera; cellular access is currently targeted at areas outside North America with 900/1,800/1,900MHz GSM calling and HSDPA-based 3G data through the 2,100MHz band. Samsung plans to ship the phone to Europe in August but does claim the phone will be available in "all regions" where GSM service exists.
Note: despite claims to the contrary, the official specifications list refers to Safari by name and not simply a browser based on WebKit, the rendering engine which is officially available to Nokia and other companies using the Symbian platform.