Following in Nokia's footsteps, Samsung this week released its own version of a gaming cell phone. Samsung has come up with a slightly new form factor for its phone and has chosen to modify the clamshell design it favours for many of its handsets.
On the SCH-V450, Samsung has switched the position of some of the keys on the phone: a small joystick and function keys typically sit above the number keypad on many clamshell phones, but these have been placed below the number keys on the new model. They have also been raised and the top half of the clam shell shortened so that when the phone is closed it covers only the number keypad; the joystick and function keys remain accessible.
The phone features a chip designed to support 3D graphics and gaming, said Sophia Kim, a spokeswoman for Samsung. The phone comes with three games installed, and users can download additional games from a Samsung Web site. The company did not indicate if there is an additional charge for downloading games.
The mobile phone went on sale in South Korea early this week with a price tag of around £275, Kim said.
The company has no plans to launch the SCH-V450 overseas, Kim said, but Samsung will introduce a number of game-focused phones in international markets later this year, including the SGH-P730, which will be the company's first megapixel-class GSM handset, and will also have embedded 3D games. It will be launched in Europe and Asia in August, she said.