Samsung launches world’s slimmest mobile phone

Samsung has introduced, as it claims, the world’s slimmest mobile phone, with an inbuilt MP3 player at the Sviaz ExpoComm 2006, technology show in Moscow on Wednesday.

Samsung Ultra Thin Mobile Phone - SGH-X820The new wafer-thin mobile phone from Samsung, the SGH-X820, is just 6.9 mm thick and weighs only 66 grams, according to the company.

The SGH-X820 comes equipped with a 2 megapixel camera, a sophisticated MP3 player and Bluetooth.

The company claims that the Samsung `ultra-slim phone` has set a record in the mobile handset history by breaking the wall of seven-millimetre thickness for the first time in the world.

“Technologically, it is not a big deal to adapt the formula of the slim model CDMA but its commercial viability is the issue,” a Samsung spokesman said.
Samsung unveiled the new model at the Sviaz ExpoComm technology communications fair in Moscow, Russia on Monday.

“The Samsung ‘ultra-slim phone’ has set a record in the mobile handset history by breaking the wall of seven-millimetre thickness for the first time in the world,” the company said in a statement.

“Technologically, it is not a big deal to adapt the formula of the slim model CDMA but its commercial viability is the issue.”

The phone, which could be very expensive in the initial phase, will be formarly launched in Europe later this month and in China in early June 2006.

According to market research company Gartner, Samsung is the world’s third largest mobile phone manufacturer with a global market share of 11.1 per cent, while Nokia is currently the largest with 35 per cent, and Motorola trails behind with 17.1 per cent market share.

The mobile will surely upset Motorola as well, who has been upbeat about its Razr and L series.

“We will continue to come up with super-slim-but-strong phones equipped with rich features. We will create a new trend in the global market with unique technologies and designs,’’ Lee said.

Samsung took the baton to introduce the 6.9-millimeter phone and Lee Ki-tae, president at the global behemoth, confidently pronounced the company’s commitment to new wafer-thin models.

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