Samsung's 5-megapixel camera phone

Samsung shows its SGH-B800 at CES.

The slider SGH-G800 Samsung

Samsung today showed off its answer to the Nokia N95 with the Samsung SGH-G800. Offering a 5-megapixel camera and a 3x optical zoom, a Xenon flash, face detection and image stabilization, the SGH-G800 is a powerful shooter on paper (we have yet to test its image quality). Its slider design also mimics the N95, but unlike the recent North American version of the Nokia handset, the SGH-G800 has a lens cover. And on the whole, it actually looks like a camera, while the N95 was definitely a camera phone.

Is it a camera or a phone? Samsung

Other features include an expansive (2.4 inches) 262,000-color display, a digital music player, e-mail and messaging, USB 2.0 support, a speakerphone, an external memory card slot, Bluetooth, and personal organizer applications. Yes, it also makes calls, and the SGH-G800's wireless capability enables you to upload photos directly to a blog. The quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) world phone has been available in Europe for some time, but you now can get it unlocked in North America for $525 (about $200 cheaper than the N95).

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