Samsung's new skinny, skinny phone

The candy bar-style phone, just 0.33 inch thick, is joining the ranks of other recent mobile launches vying for most anorexic-looking handset

The Samsung Trace might be the Nicole Richie of mobile phones.

Like the actress/tabloid fodder, it dresses well, debuting in "champagne," and is excruciatingly thin.

Samsung Trace
Credit: Samsung

Samsung's newest candy bar-style phone, just 0.33 inch thick, is joining the ranks of other recent mobile launches vying for most anorexic-looking handset (see the LG Chocolate and upcoming launches of Motorola Razr's Maxx and the Krzr K1). But there's no intervention necessary here; the Trace is fattened up on features--it's a quad-band phone and an MP3 player with Bluetooth support, and a 1.3-megapixel camera with video capability. It's also got an external slot for a Micro SD card, and the 1.5-inch by 1.2-inch screen is landscape-style for IM-ing, or watching photos or videos.

The Trace is out now from T-Mobile only, though no word on whether it's been eternally shunned by Paris Hilton yet. Don't worry, Trace, there's still time.

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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