Samsung Unveils iPhone & Prada Rival

Takes the best bits from both...?

While it will be the first to deny such allegations, Samsung will soon be releasing its first direct iPhone rival.

Like Apple’s ultra-hyped handset, the ‘SGH-P520’ will sport a large touchscreen which fills virtually the whole of its facia and all number/text input will be done via its software GUI. Scoring a few major points against the iPhone, the P520 will also sport a higher end three megapixel camera (with video recording ability) and a much more compact design measuring just 88 x 54 x 8.9mm.

On the downside, this reduced frame does mean a smaller 2.6in display compared to the 3.5 incher in the iPhone and the native resolution is standard QVGA (320 x 240). Onboard memory isn’t in the same league either with just 50MB internally, but then again it sports a microSD slot meaning – unlike the iPhone – it has potentially limitless expansion capabilities.

The usual multimedia functionality is also standard along with Bluetooth, WiFi and iPhone matching GSM/EDGE connectivity (shame Sammy didn’t go completely for the kill with 3G) and while pricing and availability haven’t been confirmed yet I’ll bet you it doesn’t require laying out $499/599 large and tethering yourself to a two year contract.

With a European iPhone carrier still not announced I suspect this is the last handset Apple wanted to see hitting the market, while LG’s Prada phone and HTC’s poorly thought out Touch are also likely to be having a few sleepless nights.

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