Surprise! Samsung’s SGH-T719 BlackBerry Clamshell Phone

I have been calling Samsung the new Sony and here’s a good reason why. Innovation. Today, the company previewed a new clamshell-style BlackBerry for those who want more phone than PDA but didn’t care for the existing “candy bar” 7100 series.

Samsung announced a very phone-like BlackBerry (or maybe a BlackBerry-like phone) at the CTIA cell-phone trade show today. The new SGH-T719 looks like a slim, black flip phone, but open it up and you’ll find the hybrid phone/e-mail keypad from the popular 7100-series BlackBerry devices.

The T719 is the fruit of a new program called BlackBerry Connect, an effort by BlackBerry makers Research in Motion to bring its push e-mail software to other manufacturers’ phones. The first BlackBerry Connect phone, Nokia’s 9300, came on the market in the U.S. earlier in March. But the 9300 was a slightly clunky, PDA-style phone; the T719 is much sleeker. The 3.5-ounce T719 also features a rotating, 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, advanced voice recognition and EDGE data support. Source: PC Mag

We Say: Wow. I’m personally keeping my full keyboard-style BlackBerry, but this one looks good for those who want more phone from their BlackBerry platform.

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