Samsung Releases The S8300 Tocco Ultra Smartphone

Korean phone manufacturer Samsung has pushed the new Tocco Ultra Edition smartphone live in a bid to get a successful follow up phone for last year's Tocco handset.

This year's model, which is expected to be launched at next week's Mobile World Congress, comes with a keypad on top of the 2.8-inch AMOLED haptic-capable touchscreen display and will be available in a red colour theme.

The screen can display 240x400 pixels which is great but not exceptional. In comparison, Toshiba's TG-01 smartphone boosts a 480x800 pixels resolution, a four fold increase.

However, Samsung is unlikely to throw the S8300 head to head against the new generation of "smarter" smartphones, preferring instead to pit against other "lifestyle" mobile phones like the LG Viewty.

The 12.7mm (that's 0.5-inch) handset comes with HSDPA connectivity (but no WiFi), Assisted GPS and a 8-megapixel camera complete with dual LED Flash.

You can also expect the S8300 to be a fully capable recorder that captures VGA video at 30fps and comes with an onboard video editing software that allows you to alter your footage before uploading it to Youtube or Dailymotion.

The phone is expected to debut in March 2009 and is likely to be available on £30 (or more) monthly contracts.

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The S8300 comes with support for up to 16GB microSD cards but has only 75MB onboard memory. It would be great if manufacturers like Samsung bundle a microSD card with their smartphones. Nokia has done it with the Nokia 5800 XPressmusic and that earned it a few cookie points and (storage) bragging rights.

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