MWC - Samsung shows latest Ultra-edition handset

"Soul" is a slider-type handset with an eye-catching touch panel under the display.

Samsung Electronics will present the latest model in its popular Ultra edition range of mobile phones at the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona this week.

The phone, dubbed "Soul," is a slider-type handset with an eye-catching touch panel under the display. The panel displays navigation icons that change according to the current application being run on the handset. For example, in camera mode icons such as zoom and brightness appear while music player functions appear in music mode.

The quad-band GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) handset supports data downloads of up to 7.2M bps (bits per second) over HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) networks and also has Bluetooth 2.0 wireless networking.

Other features include a 5-megapixel camera with face detection and image stabilizer, FM radio with RDS (Radio Data System) and a music system based on technology from Bang & Olufsen.

The phone will be available worldwide and hit Europe in April.

Samsung's Ultra line has proved a hit with style-conscious consumers. All phones in the range emphasize thinness and the new Soul handset is no different at 12.9 millimeters thick. But it's nowhere near as slim as the Ultra 5.9 handset that Samsung unveiled this time last year in Barcelona. The candy bar phone, as the name suggests, is just 5.9 millimeters thick.

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