Samsung's pancake phones

Samsung has unveiled this gang of mobile waifs, who have emerged fresh from a brutal six-month training regime. Their intriguing, but ultimately poin

Samsung has unveiled this gang of mobile waifs, who have emerged fresh from a brutal six-month training regime.

Their intriguing, but ultimately pointless, collective fact is that their average width is under 15mm.

This is largely thanks to the 8.9mm thick 'credit card' SGH-300 on the far right. It's certainly comes the closest out of any gadgets we've seen to living up to the over-used 'credit card' claim – it's significantly slimmer than the RAZR V3i (14mm) and NEC L1 (11.9mm).

It also matches the clamshell L1's 1.3MP camera, and includes Bluetooth, MP3/AAC support and and video messaging. However, we'll have to see its calculator face in the flesh before sizing up its desirability.

As for the others, the first two chaps from the left are the 3G SGH-Z510 and Z540. Both are 14.9mm thick and have a 1.3MP camera with 4x digital zoom, Bluetooth and support for MP3, WMA and AAC music files. The only minor differences are that the Z540 has slightly more memory (150MB compared to 138MB) and a larger QVGA screen.

Finally, third and fourth from the left are two slide-phones – the SGH-D800 and SGH-D820. They again share many genetic traits (1.3MP camera, 2.1in QVGA screens and Bluetooth), with the D820 offering bonus extras in the form of a document viewer, TV-out and MicroSD storage.

All five should be available before Christmas, although there's no word on pricing yet.

For more info, have a gander at Samsung's website.

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