Samsung announces two new phones and a new version of its touch interface

June 15, 2009

Samsung announces two new phones and a new version of its touch interface

Samsung is getting set to unleash a couple of new cell phones on the world, along with a new user interface which will bring a bit more 3D in to your mobile life.

With the iPhone making touchscreen interfaces all the rage in the cellular phone market, it only makes sense that companies such as Samsung would be trying to improve on the basic concept, and that is what it is hoping for with the new Touchwiz 2.0 interface. 

While it sounds like it is mainly cosmetic, the new Touchwiz interface will include a new feature called the Media Cube.  This six-sided aspect of the interface will allow you to rotate the cube to access the various portions of the phone’s media capabilities.  It will also include new widget screens that you can download various widgets to, which one has to assume this is just Samsung’s version of applications without wanting to use the same buzzword as every other company.  A new accelerometer will be added allowing you to navigate the interface by shaking the phone, and if you just can’t wait to get to certain functions, some will be added to the system’s unlock screen.

It appears the first phone to get the Touchwiz interface will be the Samsung Jet.  The Jet will feature Touchwiz 2.0, an 800 MHz processor, an AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution and a new browser built on WebKit named Dolfin.  The browser will be able to load up to five Web sites in the background at the same time will also featuring a universal address bar that will allow you to enter URLs, Google searches or a site search.  The phone will also feature GPS and 3D navigation, but no word on when the phone will launch in the United States or on which carriers.

Last up is the Omnia II running on Windows Mobile due for release in August on Verizon in the USA.  The phone will be running Windows Mobile, and will be upgradeable to WinMo 6.5 once it is released in the fall.  The features will include an AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, slide out QWERTY keyboard, a 5.1 Megapixel auto-focus camera, 800 MHz processor and a 3.5mm headphone jack.  No pricing or release date has been announced yet.

With all of the excitement over the iPhone 3G S last week, it’s nice to see that there are indeed some other phones still around in the world not being made by Apple.


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