Samsung SCH-A970 EV-DO 2 mega pixel phone approved by the FCC
Samsung's EV-DO capable CDMA phone was approved today by the FCC. The phone was introduced at the CTIA 2005 show in March, 2005. The FCC approval clears its way for the phone to hit the store shelves. Even though not officially comfirmed, we expect the phone to be available from Verizon Wireless.
The A970 features clamshell design with the 2.0 mega pixel camera located on the left side of the phone. The phone's display can be twisted 90 degrees in both directions, so you can hold the phone as a camcorder. In addition to the 2 mega pixels, the A970 offers 2x optical zoom. We have seen many phones with zoom, but most of them are with so called Digital Zoom which when used, worsens the picture quality. On the other hand, its optical counterpart offers real zoom without quality sacrifices. The problem with it is that it requires lens movement which usually translates in bulkier devices. Samsung has solved this problem by embedding the camera inside the flip hinge. Other features includes are Bluetooth, stereo speakers and advanced voice recognition. The phone is expected to be available Q2 of 2005.
- Clamshell design
- Dual-Band CDMA phone, EV-DO
- 2 megapixel camera plus 2x optical zoom
- Swiveling display
- MP3 player with dedicated keys on the top and stereo speakers for playback
- Advanced voice recognition capabilities
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