The same as its predecessor, the M1 is run on LiMo, a Linux-based mobile OS, but will be marketed as a lower end handset for customers on a budget.
Specwise, the M1 packs at a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3-megapixel camera with 8x zoom, video recording at 30fps, 3G, GPS and Bluetooth, as well as 1GB on-board storage expandable to 32GB by microSD.
The Vodafone 360 UI, which you can read all about in our hands on with the H1, makes your phone the hub of all your social networking a la Motoblur, so you can view all of your contacts – and ways to contact them – in one place.
This includes pulling in details from Facebook, MSN and Google Talk, with Twitter promised to be coming "very, very soon".
The M1 is expected to be distributed worldwide over 2009 and 2010, but no exact dates as to when we can expect it here.
We're chasing Samsung and Vodafone now for the details and we'll update you as soon as we have them. In the meantime be sure to check out our hands on impressions with the 360 service and the H1 handset, and let us know what you think below.