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Samsung takes lead in T-DMB phone race

Posted: 04 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Samsung Electronics? terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting? T-DMB? SPH-B2300?

South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has unveiled a terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB) phone, in a move to take the lead in the fledgling T-DMB handset market. South Korea began commercial terrestrial DMB service last December.

The phone, branded the SPH-B2300 Swing DMB Phone, features a swing designed LCD that allows users to watch TV using a horizontal LCD and make phone calls in the same way as they do with a slim bar-type phone. The LCD will automatically stop at a widescreen view for T-DMB channels, simply by turning the screen with one hand.

With the TV-out function, SPH-B2300 can be connected to a regular TV system to display DMB, text messages or photos. Its multi-tasking function also allows users make calls or send text messages while watching a DMB program.

Equipped with a 2Megapixel camera, MP3 player and external memory slot (MicroSD), the phone can also be wirelessly connected to a printer without having to go through a PC.

The SPH-B2300 is selling for $600 in Korea

Last year, Samsung introduced what is touts as the world's first satellite DMB phone. TU Media Corp., the sole provider of South Korea's satellite DMB service which began last May, said it registered more than 370,000 subscribers by the end of 2005.

- Sean Shim
EE Times

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