Samsung has announced a new mobile phone featuring a 1.5GB hard disk. The Samsung SPH-V5400, which was presented at a Japanese telecom show, is a clam-shell type phone with some interesting features.
First is the 1.5GB HDD which can be used to store several types of media like images which can be photographed with the built-in megapixel camera, or MP3s. It even has a built-in FM transmitter so music can be played trough a nearby radio.
Other specifications include a TV output, dual speakers, 64-tone polyphonic ring tones and dual LCD panels. The main screen is a 240*320 pixels TFT screen, and the sub screen is a 128*128 pixel OLED display.
The possibility of putting hard-disk drives into cellular telephones began to be talked about seriously about a year ago. As cellular telephones have added multimedia functions such as music players and still and movie cameras, their manufacturers have been increasing the amount of installed memory. Coinciding with this demand for more storage space, hard-disk drive makers have been looking at shrinking drives to the sub-one-inch level.
Several models of one-inch hard-disk drive are now available from companies including Hitachi, Cornice and GS Magicstor. In January, Toshiba demonstrated a prototype 0.85-inch drive and Seagate said in June that it would begin selling a one-inch drive later this year.
The phone will start selling in South Korea before the end of this month, for a price of about $800.