AT&T and Samsung launched the Samsung Epix (model SGH-i907) today, the first smartphone with a built-in optical mouse.
Located in the center of the device between the right and left soft keys, the optical mouse allows for quick and easy navigation by simply sweeping a finger over it. To make a selection, a single click will bring users to their desired location within the phone’s menus. The optical mouse can also be switched to a four-way navigation key for more traditional navigation. For those who would rather interact directly with the touch screen, they can either use their finger to navigate or the Epix’s built-in stylus for pinpoint accuracy.
The Samsung Epix is powered by a 624MHz Marvell PXA310 processor and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band (850/1900/2100MHz) UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, 150MB RAM and 256MB ROM, a 2.5-inch 320 by 320 touchscreen display, a QWERTY thumb keyboard, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, built-in A-GPS, a 2MP camera, a microSD card slot (up to 16GB), and a 1800mAh battery. It also features AT&T’s VideoShare which allows users to share live video during a phone call.
The Samsung Epix is available from AT&T for USD$199.99 after mail-in rebate and with a two-year service contract.