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Samsung Announces The Jet S8000 Smartphone

Samsung's latest weapon to obliterate Apple's iPhone - formerly known as Cubic and now labelled Jet S8000 - has been released in the UK a few hours ago.

The handset comes with a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen that can display an impressive 800x480 pixels; this means that it will be able to display much sharper images and content than any other smartphones on the market. To put things in perspective, this is the resolution of the first Asus EEE PC Netbook.

Samsung has introduced a new version of the Touchwiz Navigation system which adds a 3D user interface which Phone Arena says, resembles the one found on the LG Arena KM900. This is further reinforced by the "cubic" six-sided hexagon button.

Inside the phone, there's a 800MHz processor, which should make it far faster than the iPhone 3G, and only a tad slower than the 1GHz chip found on the Toshiba TG01. It comes therefore as no surprise that the Jet S8000 should be able to handle multitasking and Flash content with relative ease.

Prospective users will like the fact that Samsung has embraced universally accepted connectors - unlike many of its competitors - like 3.5mm headphone socket and a microUSB port. As expected, this comes with Samsung's own OS.

In addition, the phone comes with a 5-megapixel camera with a flash, built-in GPS, DNS and SRS Sound effect, DiVX and XVid video support as well as Samsung's own Dolfin Webkit-based web browser plus support for Microsoft Exchange Active Sync.

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Other goodies include WiFi and 3G connectivity, a FM Radio with RDS, 2GB built in memory and support for a further 16GB worth of storage through microSD card reader. The phone will be available immediately and will apparently come with "access to thousands of applications", possibly through an App Store like online service.

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