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Appeared on: Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Samsung Launches 'Optical Joystick' Phone

Samsung's SCH-V960 features optical sensor button for user convenience.

Samsung launches the first mobile phone featuring an optical joystick for a whole new mobile experience. Samsung 's SCH-V960 mobile phone allows users utilize the optical joystick key by placing their finger and moving a cursor to navigate through the menu, similar to a cursor of a mouse on a PC.

Optical sensors will read and react to users' finger movement, thus breaking down the traditional four-way menu navigation and providing 360 degrees of freedom.

Users can point the cursor and click directly on icons on MyScreen, similar interface to that on a PC environment, and gain direct access to frequently used menus such as photo album, messaging, and music menu. Users can also use the Optical Joystick to easily scroll through the play list while listening to their music.

Through an illumination sensor, the Samsung V960 also includes a 'Smart Lighting' feature that automatically controls the brightness of the LCD screen and keypad. By using the 'Smart Lighting' feature, users are protected from eye strain and will minimize power consumption for increased efficiency. In addition, the V960 also supports a 2 megapixel camera, GPS and Bluetooth function.

The V960 will be launched in the Korean market at the end of December.

Specifications:

Standard: CDMA 2000 1X EVDO
Camera: 2 Megapixel Camera
Display: 2.12" 240x320 262K Color TFT
Features: Optical Joystick
MP3 / VOD / MOD
Illumination sensor
Bluetooth / USB
Document Viewer
Memory: microSD external memory
Size: 97 x 47.5 x 18.6 mm
Weight: 102g


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