Samsung released the SCH-V670 today for the South Korean market, notable mainly because it can also be used in Japan. It's only the second handset with that capability to be released since roaming between the two countries was flipped on for the 2002 World Cup. It looks pretty much like any other Samsung you've ever seen, except it's black—although it's available in the ubiquitous silver as well. It uses the EV-DO network, 1.3 megapixel camera, GPS, MP3 playback and can read Office and PDF files. It can also act as remote control for TV sets, game consoles and—wait for it—air conditioners, and works with the Moneta contactless payment system. It can also access the streaming video and music services offered by SK Telecom's June brand. It's available now for 500,000 won, which is about 485 yankee dollars.
Korean rival Pantech announced its PT-S130 today too, calling it the world's first Digital Multimedia Broadcast handset with Bluetooth. Be still, my beating heart. In any case, it's got a 2-megapixel camera, MP3 playback and 3D stereo sound, but the key feature is the rotating LCD that turns into a 2.4-inch widescreen for watching DMB video. Too bad that using the phone for that makes it look like a Gobot hammer, though. — CL