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Phone breaks the bank, then takes picture of it

Looking at Samsung's latest gadget, I can't tell if it's a phone with a camera or a camera with a phone. But maybe it doesn't matter.

The point is, the SCH-B600 officially released on the Korean market only today, and it's a phone with a 10-megapixel camera. And the price--I kid you not--is 900,000 won or $900 dollars. Samsung originally announced the product in March. See CNET's video and review from CTIA in April here.

Samsung SCH-B600
Credit: Samsung

The candy bar-style phone and camera combo is 6 millimeters thinner and 10 grams lighter than Samsung's 7-megapixel camera phone, introduced in July 2005, but is still grossly overweight compared to the phone the Korean electronics giant introduced a few weeks ago, the .

Of course, that little handset isn't stuffed to the gills with nifty features like the B600. (Are you ready? It's quite a list.) Besides sporting a camera with 3x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom, it has 2.2-inch TFT-LCD display on which hip Koreans can watch live TV via Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcast (S-DMB) transmission.

The camera phone can also capture video in QVGA (320-by-240-pixel resolution) at 15 to 30 frames per second. The Bluetooth feature then lets you send pictures to other mobile phones or printers. And, oh yeah, it has an MP3 player, business card reader and can massage your eardrums with 128 polyphonic sounds.

OK, I'm exhausted now.