updated 08:40 am EST, Mon February 9, 2009
Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH
Samsung this morning got an early start on Mobile World Congress with a new, flagship touchscreen phone. The S8300 UltraTOUCH revolves around a 2.8-inch active matrix OLED (AMOLED) touchscreen that eliminates most of the weaknesses of these displays. In addition to much better color accuracy than an LCD, the new panel is also scratch-resistant and even has measures to reduce the smudging common to finger-driven touch displays. Samsung has also improved its TouchWiz on-screen interface to let users easily drag widgets in and out, and gives the phone a slide-out number pad for quicker phone dialing.
The handset is suitably high-end in other areas and carries an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flashes and smile detection; it uses HSPA for 3G networking up to 7.2Mbps downstream and GPS for navigation. Music, video and other content is stored on microSDHC cards up to 16GB in size. Samsung hasn't said when the UltraTOUCH will ship or whether it will support North American frequencies, though a European launch is certain. [via Akihabara]