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Samsung's SCH-B550 enters N-Gage territory

Evan Blass

Yeah, we get pretty excited when we see a phone like this too -- the tilting screen and plethora of buttons make it clear that this isn't your run-of-the-mill handset -- but like so many other hot devices out there (save for Nokia's N-series of multimedia computers), Samsung's SCH-B550 entertainment powerhouse will likely never venture beyond the Korean peninsula. Besides the usual assortment of features you'd expect from any halfway-decent Asian cellphone these days -- MP3 player, two megapixel camera, and of course, Bluetooth -- the B550 also delivers a number of value-added extras, not the least of which are a DMB TV receiver (with video out) and what sounds like some pretty serious gaming capabilities. On the surface you have a key and screen layout that are most conducive to gaming, but beyond that, a 3D graphics processor ensures that you'll feel like you're really committing a crime when playing that Marc Ecko graffiti title. In the end, though, it's the game selection that will make or break this model, so until we hear about an imminent Gears of Wars port, we couldn't say whether or not we'd be willing to toss our smartphone to the curb for the flashy B550.

[Via Slash Gear]

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