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Samsung produces cell phone with hard-disk drive

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has begun selling a cellular telephone that includes a hard-disk drive. The handset was unveiled as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom Asia 2004 event and is the first cell phone of its kind in the world, according to Samsung.

This is regarded as a major breakthrough as it greatly expands the memory capacity of mobile phones from the conventional 100MB maximum capacity. 

The SPH-V5400 is a clam-shell type cell phone and the hard-disk drive has a capacity of 1.5GB. The storage space can be used for several types of media including images photographed with the built-in, megapixel-class digital still camera or music files. The handset includes an MP3 player and can play music files stored in MP3 format and has a built-in FM transmitter so that music can be played through a nearby radio. 


Apart from the 1-inch diagonal, 1.5GB hard disc drive, other functions include TV output, microphone, dual speakers (which provide a 3D sound effect), 64-tone polyphonic ringer and dual LCD (liquid crystal display) panels. The main screen is a TFT (thin film transistor) LCD with 240 pixel by 320 pixel resolution and the sub screen is an OLED (organic light emitting diode) display with 128 pixel by 128 pixel resolution. 

Interestingly the phone is compatible with the CDMA2000 1x EvDO standard and presently costs about  $ 800 (US Dollars)

"Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2003 parent company sales of US$36.4 billion and net income of US$5.0 billion". For more information, visit http://www.samsung.com

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