Samsung's double: a swivelling mobile and iTunes attack

Samsung has launched a versatile Blackberry rival and spoken of its plans to help online music partners take on the dominance of the iTunes Music Stor

Samsung has launched a versatile Blackberry rival and spoken of its plans to help online music partners take on the dominance of the iTunes Music Store.

The SGH-D307 (pictured) bears more than a passing resemblance to the Motorola MPX - it's capable of opening vertically as a standard clamshell and , horizontally, as a palmtop with a QWERTY keyboard.

The 262K colour display adapts automatically to each mode, and is backed up by EDGE for speedy web viewing and e-mailing (though EDGE is unlikely to ever come to the UK). If using the keys is too much work for you, there's also VoiceMode speech-to-text functionality, and voice-enabled dialling.

It lacks a camera, but Bluetooth, PIM functions and a voice recorder will put smiles on the faces of businessmen everywhere. There are no details of a UK launch yet.

Samsung will also be busy in music land, although it won't be launching its own online download store as many reports suggested two days ago. Choi Ji-Sung, the head of the company's digital media division, today said the company will instead be offering its technical knowhow to existing stores such as Napster.

Samsung hopes improvements to stores that promote its chosen format (WMA) will rocket their global sales to iPod levels. While its series of Yepp players have yet to light our fires here in the UK, success in Asia - where the company mostly has a bigger market share than Apple - could have have a ripple effect for its worldwide fortunes. Watch this space.

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