It's hard to make any kind of music/touchscreen handset without referencing the you-know-what, but Samsung could have one of the best alternatives yet.
Previously announced right back in February, the F700 (yes, I swooned) has now had the marketing muppets gurus round and rather stupidly and pompously been renamed as the 'Croix'. Croix (pronounced Quwah, not Crow-iks)- if you don't already know - means 'cross' in French and is apparently derived from the handset's cross-inspired navigation system. Which means it should have been called the 'Cross'... or the 십자가.
Thankfully, poncy name apart, the Cross retains all the lust worthy features of original F700 with a 2.7in touchscreen 440 x 240 native res display, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, a five megapixel camera and excellent audio and video format support with MP3, Mpeg4, H.264 and AAC just a taster.
Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, a microSD slot, a proper slide out Qwerty keyboard with VibeTonz technology and a full web browser are in there too. Sadly one thing the Cross hasn't shed however is its slightly portly dimensions of 104 x 50 x 16.4mm - but it's hardly a fatty, especially considering the full keyboard.
Pricing and availability still haven't been announced, but I suspect that's because development was delayed while the whole company played with French dictionaries. Priorities people. Sacrebleu!