New Samsung cellphone doubles as digital camera

Continuing a line of innovative mobile telephones, South Korea's Samsung Electronics Ltd. has debuted a new cellular handset with built-in digital still camera.

The SCH-V200, which is already on sale in Korea, features a CCD (Charge Coupled Device) image pickup on the back of the telephone handset and is capable of taking pictures at 640x480 pixels resolution. In regular mode up to 20 images can be snapped by the user while a second mode allows 26 images of lower quality to be taken. Images can be transferred to a personal computer by cable.

Samsung imagines the telephone will be a hit with young people and also useful in situations where pictures need to be taken unexpectedly, such as after a road accident.

The telephone is the latest in a line of dual device cellular handsets developed by Samsung. Previous telephones have included an MP3 player, television and Internet access and the company has also developed a handset that can be worn on the wrist.

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