Let the MP3 play

On Tuesday the company released the SGH M-100, a mobile phone that combines a Global System for Mobile communication phone with an MP3 audio player.

The M-100 contains a dedicated key that lets the user switch between music and a phone conversation. When a call is completed, the system returns the user to the point at which the music stopped, Samsung says in a statement.

The handset contains a 32MB flash memory chip and can store up to 25 minutes of music, or approximately eight songs, according to Samsung.

The M-100 is aimed at the business market as well as the youth market, according to Samsung. It will be offered in the United Kingdom in the third quarter through a cobranding deal with Virgin Mobile telecoms. The phone is expected to cost $US480.

Samsung also unveiled at the CommunicAsia show earlier this week something it described as the world's smallest wireless application protocol mobile phone. The SGH-A110 weighs 3.1 ounces and has a six-line text display, with a built-in calendar, to-do list, and calculator.

The third new mobile phone released on Tuesday is the SPH-N101, which supports both CDMA (code division multiple access) and AMPS (advanced mobile phone system) modes, and is primarily aimed at the youth market with features such as a selection of 20 ring tones, image and melody downloads, and fashion accessories.