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October 4, 2009

Samsung Mobile, T-Mobile USA unveil new touch-screen phone

Android-Powered phone equipped with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface

By CBR Staff Writer

Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) and T-Mobile USA, have revealed the upcoming availability of the Samsung Behold II, a full touch-screen phone integrating the open Android platform from Open Handset Alliance with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and T-Mobile’s 3G network.

The new touch-screen phone features a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen, and is equipped with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, allowing easy customisation with widgets located in a slide out tray on the left side of the home screen and providing one-touch access to a customer’s favorite and most commonly used features and applications.

The Behold II offers three different homescreens to drag and drop widgets onto the screen and organise the different workspaces with widgets and application shortcuts. Samsung said its cube menu also provides quick access to six top multimedia features, including music, photos, videos, the web, YouTube and Amazon MP3 for music downloads.

The companies said that Behold II will keep customers organised and entertained with access to built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube and Google Talk and thousands of applications and games available for download from Android Market. The Wi-Fi-enabled Behold II also supports personal email and corporate email with Exchange ActiveSync, as well as instant messaging, and text, picture and video messaging.

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Additional features include a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, five shooting modes and video capabilities, visual voicemail which allows customers to listen to voicemails in order of preference, MP3 player, up to 16GB of external memory, assisted GPS and Bluetooth 2.1, the company said.

Omar Khan, senior vice president of strategy and product management for Samsung Mobile, said: “The Behold II follows the success of the Behold that launched last year taking the device and user experience to the next level with the Android platform, a large 3.2-inch AMOLED screen, next generation TouchWiz user interface and customisation capabilities and premium features.”

Travis Warren, director, product marketing, T-Mobile USA, said: “T-Mobile continues to expand our line-up of Android-powered phones in time for the holiday season with the addition of the Samsung Behold II. The premium screen and quality camera coupled with Samsung’s innovative cube menu makes the Behold II a multimedia powerhouse that’s made even stronger by T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network.”

Samsung said that Behold II will be available exclusively from T-Mobile.

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