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'Touch the Lights' UI, oh aye?

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MWC Samsung harked back to an earlier musical epoque today by launching a handset dubbed the Disc, one of two new musicphones that'll go out under Samsung's Beat brand.

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Samsung's Beat DJ: play that funky music, young man of caucasian origin

The Beat Disc and the Beat DJ both sport touch-sensitive screens with a trippy "touch the lights" user interface that's half iPod, half dancemat videogame, all - according to Samsung - "advanced music play UI" with "beautiful designs inspired by iconic jukebox imagery".

Music lovers will prefer, we think, the Bang & Olufsen-designed sound tweaking technology, Bluetooth A2DP, song-recognition software, an RDS-enabled FM radio and, in the Beat DJ, SRS 5.1-channel virtual surround sound and "real" stereo speakers.

Samsung Beat Disc

Beat Disc: touch the lights

Both Beats sport a 2.6in, 240 x 400, 16m-colour OLED screen. They have a 3Mp camera on the back which, on the DJ model, has autofocus and the ability to tap the on-board GPS pick-up for geo-tagging.

Both phones have 7.2Mb/s HSDPA 3G and quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge connectivity for back-up. They take Micro SDHC cards of up to 16GB as their primary song storage.

The DJ may have more features, but the Disc has a slide-out keypad.

Samsung didn't say when either of these movers will sashay out onto the dancefloor. ®

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